Last Updated:Sep 13, 2010

Zine’s Mate 2010

Tokyo Art Book Fair, organized by Oliver Watson and Hiroshi Eguchi, was held for the second time.

Welcome to the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2010, aka Zine’s Mate, held simultaneously in two venues, 3331 Arts Chiyoda and Vacant in Harajuku.

Inside was a wealth of paper, printing, illustration, photography, writing, binding, stitching, gluing and stapling.

Photo: Amy Fox

First stop is the Chiyoda venue, formerly Rensei Chugakko Junior High School, which re-opened as a community art center this year.

Here visitors could browse from a wide choice of stalls and vendors offering their zines and publications for sale.

Just inside the entrance were racks of individual zines for sale, from first time zine makers to zines with only one edition.
Just inside the entrance were racks of individual zines for sale, from first time zine makers to zines with only one edition.
Photo: Amy Fox
How a zine is bound can be a difficult issue. There were examples of all the options: Japanese stab binding, simple folding and wool stitching can be seen here.
How a zine is bound can be a difficult issue. There were examples of all the options: Japanese stab binding, simple folding and wool stitching can be seen here.
Photo: Amy Fox

There was a never-ending choice of original material. Here is a pom-pommed zine, and some tiny, tiny books.
There was a never-ending choice of original material. Here is a pom-pommed zine, and some tiny, tiny books.
Photo: Amy Fox

 This book, from Okando Zines was printed using the now occultly recognised Gocco screen printing machine.
This book, from Okando Zines was printed using the now occultly recognised Gocco screen printing machine.
Photo: Amy Fox

There was some last minute preparation (or maybe repair work) going on.
There was some last minute preparation (or maybe repair work) going on.
Photo: Amy Fox

Through the white corridor leading from the entrance you could see a huge selection of both amateur and professional art books.
Through the white corridor leading from the entrance you could see a huge selection of both amateur and professional art books.
Photo: Amy Fox

The legendary Taschen had a stall.
The legendary Taschen had a stall.
Photo: Amy Fox

This nice lady from Knee High Media  informed me they were celebrating fifteen years of magazine-publishing, and had constructed a giant S from a number of their publications.
This nice lady from Knee High Media informed me they were celebrating fifteen years of magazine-publishing, and had constructed a giant S from a number of their publications.
Photo: Amy Fox

Aya, who made these zines, complimented my nail polish and said the colour matched her cover. Turns out she had really amazing books. She sold me her sample copy of the white one too, I felt bad but she insisted.
Aya, who made these zines, complimented my nail polish and said the colour matched her cover. Turns out she had really amazing books. She sold me her sample copy of the white one too, I felt bad but she insisted.
Photo: Amy Fox

You can see her work at www.rainorshinebooks.com.

I recognised this book from another shop that stocks zines in Shimokitazawa. The girls told me they share one book, starting from either end and meeting in the middle.
I recognised this book from another shop that stocks zines in Shimokitazawa. The girls told me they share one book, starting from either end and meeting in the middle.
Photo: Amy Fox
www.pappappap.com

Photo: Amy Fox
Tokyo Art Beat’s own Cameron McKean was supposed to have a stall selling his zine. Unfortunately the zine didn’t get completed on time, and neither Cameron or his girlfriend were anywhere to be seen. His friend Mark (www.makingends.com) took over and hijacked the stall.

LOOK! Even Daido Moriyama had a stall...Not really, but there was a display of art books past, including some from the grandfather of the Japanese photo book.
LOOK! Even Daido Moriyama had a stall...Not really, but there was a display of art books past, including some from the grandfather of the Japanese photo book.
Photo: Amy Fox

The Chiyoda venue was hot, busy and vibrant. After exhausting all that was there, the Harajuku venue Vacant was the perfect end to the day; a quieter place to look over purchases, have a ginger ale, and read some of many art books displayed in the 'library'.
The Chiyoda venue was hot, busy and vibrant. After exhausting all that was there, the Harajuku venue Vacant was the perfect end to the day; a quieter place to look over purchases, have a ginger ale, and read some of many art books displayed in the 'library'.
Photo: Amy Fox

...including back issues of Studio Voice.
...including back issues of Studio Voice.
Photo: Amy Fox

TABlog also has a photo report of last year’s fair.

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Amy Fox

Amy Fox

Her story starts in 1985 just north of London in the shoemaking capital of England, Northampton. After a gap year spent in shoe town, she studied at Nottingham Trent University. She spent three years analysing various media from various left wing perspectives, resulting in a B.A in Communication Studies. Her itchy feet got the better of her, thus followed jaunts around America, Europe and Asia, finally settling in Japan. After spending six months in 100% rural Nihon, this “life enriching” experience became a little too “enriching” and she headed to the bright lights of Tokyo to find her fortune. She can now be found working on her photographic and developing skills, with work centred on everyday experiences and her toy animals, raiding rental record shops, updating her blog, sporadically studying Japanese, and making photocopied picture books. <a href="http://averagecabbage.tumblr.com/">averagecabbage.tumblr.com</a>

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