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WASHED OUT ZINE

by Jamie Kirk www.jamie-kirk.co.uk

Free­lance il­lus­tra­tor Jamie Kirk started Washed Out, a colour­ing zine fea­tur­ing art­work from a se­lec­tion of global artists, to raise aware­ness and re­duce the stigma that con­tin­ues to sur­round men­tal health. Orig­i­nally start­ing as a univer­sity fi­nal-year project in 2015, the zine was re­leased on 16 May this year for the start of men­tal health aware­ness week, with all prof­its do­nated to men­tal health char­i­ties.

“We of­ten find our­selves feel­ing ‘washed out’ and so I wanted to con­nect art with men­tal health to hope­fully pro­vide peo­ple with a calm­ing dis­trac­tion to the ev­ery­day stresses that life can bring, whilst be­ing able to ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity,” ex­plains Kirk, who gave par­tic­i­pat­ing artists a lot of cre­ative free­dom. “The aim was to have a broad range of styles in the zine, with the only re­stric­tion be­ing the art­work ap­pro­pri­ate for colour­ing.”

Printed and dis­trib­uted by News­pa­per Club on 55gsm dig­i­tal tabloid format, Washed Out can be pur­chased from News­pa­per Club, through In­sta­gram via @feel­ing­washe­d­out, or al­ter­na­tively on Kirk’s web­site.

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