You know how when you get food oil on paper it goes translucent? I’ve been waiting for a good idea to use this phenomenon, and the recent oil spill of the Shen Neng 1 over the Great Barrier Reef inspired me to make this oil spill themed zine.
Upon completing the construction of the zine a little bit of cooking oil is smeared onto a few of the pages. As the oil slowly seeps through the nautical pages the unprinted paper becomes partly clear, I see this as a time-based illustration of the gradual increasing saturation and infiltration of pollution on our dear Earth. If you keep the zine uncovered in your personal zine collection or with other books this one will eventually damage those placed on the side of the cover (the last page is grease proof sticker paper). This is hardly a metaphorical warning, we already know the world is irreversibly fucked, it’s more of a reminder of what’s to come.
Images are collage of my own illustrations, my own handmade grid designs and pieces of coastal maps from a NZ map printed in 1956.
Photocopied in black and white, the red is added by hand.
Last page is a set of 15 stickers of collage
24 pages excluding sticker page.
A bit smaller than A6 format.