Eye-popping posters, the zingiest of zines and penis doodles aplenty. That was Saturday’s Kiosk Independent Publisher’s Fair, an event that saw the Peckham Pelican taken over by a showcase of up-and-coming editors including People of Print. Kiosk’s founder, Nick Greenbank, is clear about its purpose. ‘Our main goal is to promote the work of young and emerging artists and designers by publishing books and zines,’ he said. ‘The fair is a bigger platform to push that and bring a new audience to the people who are showing their work.’
Here’s a rundown of the creatives exhibiting on the day.
Strange World is an independent publisher with a penchant for unusual and fun illustrations.
Da Thirst is a visual arts magazine passionate about publishing both established and new artists side-by-side. As a side note, apparently ‘da thirst’ is slang for when someone is desperately horny. Who knew!
Art Licks started out as an exhibition listings service but now has a quarterly magazine. Its latest issue includes an amazing print insert by David Murphey, which appears be 3D when held under a light. The Kiosk fair is actually part of the Art Licks Weekend (2 – 4 October). The annual festival takes place across South and East London and includes exhibitions, art tours and film screenings.
Paper Journal is an online visual arts magazine and shop. The publisher hands over its Instagram account to different photographers for a week at a time. A book titled ‘The Best of Instagram’ celebrates the top takeover moments in print.
Belly Kids sell books and prints and runs exhibitions. And its scratch and sniff magazine is a delight for all the senses.
Hackney Wick-based Twelve-B make delicious posters using a risograph printer. The one in the photo is now on my bedroom wall and actually making me excited about saving. A small, printed miracle.
Independent publisher Jaiwac explores the relationship between image and text and produces a beautiful magazine as well as tote bags.
According to movie mag Shelf Heroes, every night is film night. For each magazine and set of accompanying prints, creatives are briefed to come up with something inspired by film and a certain letter. Luckily for my friend Ben, the most recent theme was the letter ‘B’. Naturally, he bought everything.
Doppell Edition produce a host of lovely zines and books. Their printed pun game is great fun and handy for writing cheesy headlines.
Last but not least, Pecker World invited guests to enter their dick drawing competition. The aim was to collect material for their upcoming book. Thirsty work, some might say.
Check out Kiosk’s website for details about future events.