1 May 2015

Crows Nest Zine

Crows Nest Zine
'What do we talk about when we talk about love?'
Love In The Time Of ctrl+alt+delete is the title of Crows Nest Zine One, which is distributed free in Edinburgh.

Although it does not announce anything of the kind, it seems likely that Crows Nest Zine is the work of some dedicated students of Edinburgh Art College.  

Oh it's just a guess, but Crows Nest Zine is immaculately turned out, angelically presented and replete with great art and design content.  

Of its kind, indeed, it is the most pulchritudinous pamphlet-style publication of the day, at least in the central Edinburgh area.  

But I have no idea where or how it can be obtained. This one surfaced, handed out free in a second hand bookshop, about thirty feet from the Edinburgh Art College library.

That locus might be another clue, as might the final prose piece in Love In The Time Of ctrl+alt+delete, which is 'Mating Habits' (library cafe 20 / 1 /15 12:30-1:30pm) by Fred Spoliar, accompanied with artwork by Eleanor Ann Ward.

...Eleanor Ann Ward whom incidentally provides some resplendent and shapely fragment mounted vintage photographs elsewhere in the publication.

Crows Nest Zine, at least in this incarnation however is very much the work of editors Eloise Hendy and Figgy Guyver.  Both contribute short essays, as well as artwork, and doubtless the vision behind this comely booklet.

Eloise Hendy kicks off with an essay questioning the popularity of marriage among celebrity women, and has a nibble and a gnaw at our culture's defining images of nuptial benefit, asking why we can't be seen as complete until we're paired up?

Loneliness is scary.  The prospect of 'being left on the shelf' is not a nice one.  But it is partly because we have constructed singledom, or serial-dating, or polygamy, as social oddities.

And Figgy Guyver declares upon how the multiple sampling of certain pieces of music will come to destroy your musical appreciation.  Here is one of the examples she uses:


The article is called 'the things you do to fall in love', and the prompt for it appears to be the relationship between love and musical phrases.  Now that sampling has moved in however, it looks like 'no one genre is left untouched in the process.'

Figgy Guyver also provides her own quite distinct illustrations throughout, and it is all very well planned and executed. Anyone with a taste for zines and chapbooks, will see that Crows Nest Zine is most gracefully done, and lovers of the lovely will appreciate that as much as anything else here.

For myself, I enjoyed the poetry of Colm Glesson, who provides quite unselfishly thoughtful poems, which speak of their own moments in love:

But enough of that.
It's dark. You're asleep.
The air is warm with whispers,
The night is sweet,
And here I lie:
Unable to find a single honest word.

Also featured are Nolween Davies and Rowan Stevens, but in a publication that generally peddles graphically serene imagery, with a gentle and suggestive leaning towards the aesthetic rather than the challenging, Nikoletta Majewsa's 'Post-Coital Tristesse' is a visual highlight.

The first of Majewsa's images (do we pronounce that as in Medusa? I don't know, but I would like to) shows a cracked eggshell on a pillow; the next a full figure, her bared back rising out of a bed away from the viewer.  These are a commanding couple of pictures which possibly even define the overall feel of Love In The Time Of ctrl+alt+delete or at the least give it some vital, sharper edge.

No more to be said, other than to wish the Crows Nest and its contributors the best, as they all develop their obvious talents.