Heyya! My zine’s idea was to focus on textures and shapes unique to Marine Parade, categorising into the ‘layers’ that make up the neighbourhood.
Since I wanted to explore the topic about textures, I got the idea to incorporate other textures and superimpose them into my photos and mimicking the actual photos, trying to create more variety in my works and not make the pages that flat since I was only planning to focus on the visual aspect on the zine only through my photos.
For example, the waves will be replaced with lace.
scan of my lace dress: sea waves
scan of blue sticky notes overlaying: tiles
scan of several blue yarns: lines patterns of the rock
scan of cellophane paper: glass roof
I also did some watercolour drawings so that my beach layer won’t be so plain.
For the buildings, I thought of mixing textures of clay and paint streaks to make a play on the characteristics of how buildings were made.
scan of paint streaks
Now for the pages process! I used Photoshop to create all my edits, saving the pieces as individual pictures then pasting in on InDesign.
I forgot to mention that I titled my zine ‘Slice of Life’. The name was derived from the anime genre – slice of life, whereby the anime of this genre focuses on a cut of narrative that could happen in the every day life of a character. It enhances the ‘layers’ concept and introduces to the readers that they will be getting a taste of a part of Marine Parade!
Because of this, for my cover page, I edited a slice of cake showing the different layers that I gathered from my photos.
It was modelled after this photo of a chocolate cake:
The ‘cake’ layers include the sea waves, tunnel wall connecting to ECP, the post office’s architecture, rock monument, a shop’s banner. The top was then decorated with the clouds as the whip cream and the wheel sculpture as the chocolate piece.
Photos used for this edit:
I also put the cake on top of a paper plate, similar to those used in hawker centres (the popiah), as the use of ‘proper’ plates and utensils may make the styles too contrasting as the cake looks quite whimsical whereas the a porcelain plate is bit formal.
I used my blue painted swirls to add on abstract patterns in the background so that it was less plain.
The back cover follows the same layout showcasing an empty plate with leftover bits of the cake, signifying the readers digested the mini experience of Marine Parade after reading my zine, being a perfect last page to my zine.
For the pages inside, I originally wanted to divide the pages from the top to bottom as people, cultures (food, monuments, etc), architecture, beach. I realised the limitations of the number of pages I could do and thus decided on the following layout.
pg. 2: contents page – introducing readers to the layers
pg. 3: first layer – cultures
pg. 4-5: second layer – architecture
pg. 6-7: third layer – beach
For the contents page, I kept it simple. As mentioned, I wrote down the ‘layers’ that I would be showing.
The drawing of whale was extracted from one of the wall murals below the HBD flats.
For page 3, it is about layer 1: the cultural aspect of what makes Marine Parade unique. Unlike most other neighbourhoods, there was an effort to make it a culturally unique place. There was many recurring usage of the nautical theme through the multiple figurines placed around the neighbourhood.
I also included some of the ‘everyday’ objects that I found! Although there were not exactly part of the nautical theme, I had not seen them in any places yet, making them special too.
I compiled the photos as a collage.
For the 4-5 pages, they centred on the architectures that one can find in marine parade.
I wanted to present the architecture to form up one continuos flow of buildings. Mimi helped gave me some ideas such as making fonts out of these building structures or just putting them in a collage style. Such as:
Another idea was to overlay the different patterns that I found. Whereby the buildings will follow the grids of the patterns or fit into them.
In the end result, I chose to make it as a collage style.
I then added on the “reflective glass roof” cellophane paper cutouts and overlaid the paint streaks in a similar fashion to follow the pattern as shown below. The pattern was used in many of the HDB flats’ void-deck walls design.
For the 6-7th page, they featured the beach – East Coast Park!
I decorated it with the little shells/starfishes drawings I made. The background used was the waves painting. As mentioned, I used the lace to superimpose on the sea waves.
I included the stone benches as I felt that they are an iconic object found in ECP. The white flowers were also added as greeneries are an important part of the beach.
During my visit, the trees near seawalls area were blooming! It was really beautiful and I wanted to include them for appreciation of the nature aspect of Marine Parade.
And that’s all the pages that make up my zine! Hope you had fun viewing it!