Iona Gibson


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The beauty of being a creative is that you never have to stick to one medium. Theatre kids can be poetry lovers; book nerds can be musicians; paper enthusiasts can be web designers; writers can be podcast producers; fashion photographers can be tattooists. Rather than there being one defining moment that catalysed my engagement with the arts, I continue to experiment with different modes of expression and am privileged to have had several professional opportunities to do so. I have over 10 years experience in the creative industry, from exhibiting a series of artworks at The Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar) in 2012 to co-hosting a DIY & Responsive Arts segment for Edinburgh Arts Festival 2022. However, my passions are deeply rooted in the zine community, which I have been encapsulated by and heavily involved in for the last 6 years - and that makes me a late bloomer! My love for zines began as a child, but I didn’t truly see the beauty and importance of zines until taking up an MA in Publishing at the University of the Arts in 2019. Since then, I have established a digital global archive of over 1,500 zines on DeZiners, successfully facilitated zine-making workshops across the UK via the Cut Out Club, piloted the Circus Zine Fest Inverness 2021, and have had my own zines featured at Tate St Ives in 2022 and Tate Britain in 2023.