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Path Target Duration Skills
Evaluation 18 to 25 ++ 1h40 (20mins a day) Creative Evaulation

Introduction and context


Zines are handmade journals for participants to reflect on their experience in a creative way. Reflections are guided by daily prompts defined by the facilitators. A prompt consists of a single word, a short phrase, a complete paragraph or even a picture or drawing that focuses on a topic and highlights ideas


Zines were used to stimulate reflection about the techniques they were learning, the context in which they were developed and their purpose. They were also a tool for the organizers to investigate the interest, motivation and objectives of participants. Prompts were given at the beginning of the day (written on a board) and about 15 minutes were given at the end of the day to creatively elaborate the prompt on a page of the zine.


  • To self-reflect about the activity
  • To wrap-up the daily activities and the bootcamp
  • To express expectations and objectives
  • To express failures or issues
  • To document the activity
  • To relax and share
  • To evaluate the interest, motivation and objectives of participants

Target audience and context of use

Zines were used in the context of a 5 days bootcamp about fashion and new technologies.with 2nd year art & design University students from 18 to 25 years old with 2nd year Fashion University students

Preparation and materials

Prepare a list of prompts relevant to the activity that you are developing. A presentation to explain what a zine is and why we are using it as a self-reflection tool:

  • A zine is a self-published small magazin (text and images)
  • Collage, images and text
  • Stickers, tape, paper, photos,...
  • Your experience, your creativity, it’s all yours !
  • Be creative and be honest !

To - To reflect on the activities - To express your objectives and - expectations - To express your frustration - To remember - To relax - To share

Presentation here

Every day: - A table with material - A board with the daily prompt

Equipment, Tools and Materials

  • A4 thick colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Colored pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Rulers
  • Magazines and journals
  • Decorations (glitter, feathers, stickers, …)

Step by Step Instructions

STEP BY STEP overview

  • Explain what a zine is. A zine is a short, self-published book of text, images and collage.
  • Explain why we are using zines and the objectives. Zines allow us to:
  • find meaning in our experiences.
  • provide opportunity to establish an individual understanding and a group understanding
  • relieve tension and provide a new perspective on our experiences.
  • creates a sense of accomplishment, and can help plan for the future.
  • Show examples of zines. You can create your zine using stickers, magazine clippings, photos, books, tapes, and paper. A zine is your creation, you can write in the form of a story, a comic, poem, draw pictures. Be as creative, quirky, and honest as you like.
  • Explain at what time the prompt will be communicated and when they will have time to work on the zine
  • Distribute paper and scissors to make the zines lay-out
  • Give access to markers, magazines, glue, etc to decorate the cover of the zine.
  • In the morning write on a board the daily prompt
  • Explain that they have 1 page of the zine to elaborate the daily prompt. Students can write, draw, make a collage, etc.
  • Make sure to give students 15-20 minutes at the end of the day before leaving to work on zines
  • The last page shall be a reflection about the whole activity *Expose the zines on a table to facilitate sharing and acknowledge the work of the students
  • Examining zines can be done on a number of levels.
  • Depth of reflection
  • Scope of reflection
  • Method of reflection
  • Communication style

We focused on the depth and scope of reflection. We assigned points to each zine based on the grid below elaborated by Science Gallery Dublin / Trinity College.


Step 3: Reflection - Prompts for the week:

Day a.m. p.m.
Monday Your expectations for the week Why did you choose this group?
Wednesday Women and textile Gender and textile
Thursday Technology and you The future of textile
Friday Textile and sustainability What I learned

Step 5: Evaluation

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Safety rules & Tips


Tips to facilitate the activity in context (to-do / not do)

To do: - Clearly explain the purpose of the activity - Prepare a table full of magazines, markers and decoration to encourage creativity - Let the students express themselves for at least 15 minutes

Estimated cost
Always consider to find local providers- BOM of materials (for a group of 26 students)

Item Quantity Cost (€) Link to vendor
Colored paper 50 5 Local store
Scissors 13 50 Local store
Glue 13 38 Local store
Pencils 13 packages 50 Local store
Markers 13 packages 50 Local store
Decorations 15 Local store
Magazines 50 50


Links to photos and recorded materials

  1. Zines as Reflective Evaluation Within Interdisciplinary Learning Programmes
  2. Why Zines Need to Be a Part of Your Curriculum
  3. Zine Making as A Method- video
  4. Learning portfolios – zines
  5. Zines for Teaching: A Survey of Pedagogy and Implications for Academic LibrariansAcademic Librarians
  6. Reporting or Reconstructing? The Zine as a Medium for Reflecting on Research Experiencesfor Reflecting on Research Experiences

Licence and credits

Attribution — ShareAlike CC BY-SA This activity has been described by Cristina Olivotto from Onl’fait for It is based on the methodology developed by Science Gallery Dublin/Trinity College in the context of System-2020 and the Open Science Hub EC funded projects.

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Last update: September 15, 2022