There’s still plenty of zines and other bits and bobs on offer from The DIY Eye Etsy shop, including The DIY Eye Issue One, The Art of Being Awkward and This Is Ours zines.

We now also stock Chris Bourke’s artist book/zine If The Wind Won’t Serve Take to the Oars – a fantastic 28 page zine of 25 individual linocuts that make up a wordless story of a journey over the sea.

Visit www.etsy.com/shop/thediyeye for more info on all of these items.


Safari Festival

Breakdown Press‘s Safari Festival is coming up on Saturday 22nd August.

The comics and zine event is a ‘celebration of the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond’ and features a curated group of comic artists and publishers with a range of publications and products on offer.

The festival is free to attend and will be taking place at Studio 2, the Shoreditch, London gallery space of creative agency, Protein.

This year’s exhibitor list reads as a Who’s Who of exiting purveyors of comic and illustration talent:

Anti Ghost Studio (Babak GanjeiRob Flowers, Tim Stevens), Arts EmergencyBelly KidsBreakdown Press (Shaky KaneJoe KesslerAntoine CosséRichard ShortZoë Taylor),Brigid DeaconCalm & Collected StudioComic Book Slumber Party (Becca TobinWai Wai Pang), Comics Workbook (Will TempestLiam CobbTom Kemp), Crumb CabinDecadence Comics (Lando, Stathis Tsemberlidis), DIY Space for LondonDonya ToddEleni KalorkotiEmix RegulusEsther McManusEyeball ComixFamicon Express (Leon Sadler, Stefan Sadler, Jon Chandler), Faye Coral JohnsonGood PressGrace WilsonGrafikIsaac LenkiewiczJack TeagleJames JarvisJazz Dad BooksJoseph P KellyKus! (Marie Jacotey), Landfill EditionsLaura CallaghanMarijpolMatt SwanMike RedmondMothershipNous VousOne Beat ZinesOtto PressPanda GordoRetrofit ComicsSimon MoretonSina SparrowSpelling Mistakes Cost LivesTakayo AikyamaTreasure Fleet (Aisha FranzSharmila Banerjee), Will Sweeney.

For more info visit the Facebook event page and Tumblr.

DIY Craft: Vintage Crochet Flower Pattern


I’m no crochet expert but this is one of my favourite vintage crochet flower patterns to make. It’s a little fiddly at first for beginners, but then it becomes second nature and it’s fairly quick to make and quite therapeutic to do, especially with the balanced nature of the pattern!

The original crochet pattern came from the above book: Modern Knitting Illustrated published by the brilliant Odhams Press Ltd, c1940s. I have a few Odhams books and they all have lovely cotton covers (the dust jackets rarely survive) and the design of the end papers are always really great.

These floral ‘rosettes’ are meant to be made in three sizes, one large, two medium and two small to make a DIY, make-d0-and-mend necklace, but they work just as nice as single brooches just by adding metal brooch back. I’ve never quite made enough of the same to make up the necklace, although I’m nearly there with ones in a black cotton.

I’ve included the full, original vintage pattern as it is in the book. It’s worth noting that the crochet hook and yarn size will probably be ‘old sizes’. I’ve used quite thick cotton in my how-to pics, so it just depends on how big/small you want to make them, as to what size yarn and hook sizes you use. It’s also worth a mention that this is a UK pattern, as I’m pretty sure there’s a slight difference for US patterns – as far as I know in the US a double crochet is what we in the UK call a treble, if things couldn’t get more confusing!

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Exit Press


Exit Press is a new, small press Riso publishers, making zines and artist books in the South of England.

Initial publications included Funny Land a collaborative illustrative zine project between Alex Payne and Pat MacDonald, and Observations by Alex Payne.



Looking forward to seeing more of their publications – keep up with their latest output on their Instagram at www.instagram.com/exitpress


Funny Land

Patinho Feio – Ugly Duckling Skate Zine


Gonçalo from Patinho Feio the free Portuguese skate zine, got in touch with The DIY Eye. Although the majority of content is in Portuguese, his passion for the subject matter and skateboarding old and new is clear to see. I asked him a few questions about the zine and skateboarding in Lisbon. 

So Patinho Feio translates into English as ‘Ugly Duckling’ what made you chose that as a name?

Hi The DIY Eye, thanks for the opportunity. That’s a nice one. In my opinion, skateboarders still are a little bit like an “Ugly Duckling” in terms of being on the streets and still being stigmatized from society because the way we dress and how we live the streets and the environment. We really see things so damn different from the rest of society, you know? (We’re different but not better), but at the same time, it´s so damn good to be an “Ugly Duckling”. It’s so good being an outsider in this globalized society. The name is perfect. Love it. I´m proud being an “Ugly Duckling” skateboarder.

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The DIY Eye Zine – Issue 1


Cover image by Max Estes

The DIY Eye‘s first printed zine is here! Available from the ETSY SHOP it features 20 international artists/photographers/illustrators brought together on the theme of art + skateboarding.


The 20 contributing artists are:

Andrew PommierDave The ChimpChris BourkeChris JohnsonEktaJay CroftLeon ZuodarMatt WalfordMax EstesHarriet AlanaNathaniel RussellRandy LaybourneRich JacobsRobert DarchSimon PeplowRuss PopeSergej VutucMichael SiebenStefan Marx and Winston Tseng, plus The OutCrowd Collective and Majls.


The idea for this first issue was inspired by the tenth anniversary of the first Concrete to Canvas: Skateboarder’s Art book (published in the UK by Laurence King Publishing) which showcased work by artists with a background in skateboarding. The zine catches up with some of the original contributing artists to that book, plus others with the same connection to skateboarding.

It’s A5, printed on quality paper with a card cover, 36 single pages in total. More info from the Etsy shop HERE.

Interview: Chris Johnson


Dave Watson, Frontside Bluntslide, Southend-on-Sea by Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson went from photographing friends at his local skate park to touring with childhood heroes for a national magazine. Rising swiftly from contributing photographer to Senior Photographer at Sidewalkmag.com, all through sheer hard work and determination. We picked his brain about what it takes to be a professional skateboard photographer and how he made it happen, DIY style.

So you began taking skate photos when a back injury prevented you from skateboarding yourself back in University, but when did it ‘get serious’ for you and you knew you wanted to pursue photography as a career?

Being unable to skate for about a year mid way through University I found myself at a loss. I picked up a camera so that I could carry on going out skating with my mates and not be the guy with no purpose. The element of obsession and addiction that everyone experiences with skateboarding itself was also present with photography for me and it’s just progressed from there.


Ben Grove, Kickflip, Birmingham by Chris Johnson

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The first THIS IS OURS zine is now available from The DIY Eye’s Etsy Shop! Made and produced by The DIY Eye, issue one is The Trees Issue and it’s about looking up, squinting your eyes and seeing the patterns that are repeated throughout the natural world, where branches become roots and ventricles: as above – so below.


Read more about the THIS IS OURS project here. See more photos and visit the Etsy shop HERE.