DZF 2015 ARTIST INTERVIEW #11

DAWN WEST

Dawn West is a printmaker based in Waterford who dipped a toe into the zine pool at the 2nd Limerick International Publishers Salon at Ormston House which she also co-ordinated. She is now paddling along quite happily producing tales of sociopathic moustaches, being mean to Vogue models and remembering first kisses. As this is her first Dublin Zine Fair, she isn’t quite ready for the deep end yet but she’s getting there and would like to thank Kilmacthomas library for having a great photocopier and nice librarians.

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What got you in to independent publishing?
Anne Culhane, the head librarian at Limerick School of Art and Design, showed us some fantastic artist books in first year as part of the tour of the library and they kick started the whole process. I was just amazed by the different formats, the subject matter, the originality, everything that went into making these wonderful, individual books that you could take home and look through. I particularly remember Rusted by Erica van Horn – that book blew my mind. Later during college I helped co-ordinate the Limerick International Publisher’s Salons and after that, there was no going back.


What do you make/publish?

I make picture books and word books.  I seem be unable to combine the two at the moment.  The picture books are drawings or photographs and the word books are gruesome stories about a sociopathic moustache with a ‘present’ at the end of each book.


Who/what inspires you?
Everything around me I think.  I am insatiably curious and ruminate about things over walks through fields and lots of cups of tea.  The good thing about zines is that even the daftest or strangest idea can become reality.  I think Coracle Press publish some wonderful books but really anyone who is out there, putting their heart into what they do just for the love of it.
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Who are your audience? 
I’ll tell you after the Zine Fair!


Have you exhibited at the Dublin Zine Fair before? How did it go?
No, this is my first time.  I visited very one so far though and it is a privilege and a fright to be at the other side of the table this year.


Tell us a joke! 
This is the best joke ever.
Darth Vadar to Luke Skywalker:  I know what you’re getting for Christmas
Luke Skywalker:  How do you know?
Darth Vader:  I have felt your presents.