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.