Common Threads Press
Established in 2019, Common Threads Press is an arts publishing project that aims to make art history more affordable, accessible and community oriented. Here in Norwich, we publish zines, create workshops and share art on social media platforms. Our zines are written collaboratively with early-career researchers, students and academics from all around the world. The zines are stocked in bookshops and art galleries around the UK, including the Tate Modern and the Whitworth.
What is a zine?
A zine is a small, self-published or handmade booklet that nurtures radical action. They can be an artwork, an act of documentation or an educational resource, but crucially they are anything you want it to be. The designation ‘zine’ signifies less about the content of the publication but indicates that it exists outside of mainstream publishing channels. For hundreds of years, zines have served underrepresented communities for decades, uplifting the voices of those most frequently dismissed.
Zines and Textiles
At Common Threads Press, we are particularly interested in researching and sharing the radical potential of textiles in art history. Just as with zines, we have historically turned to textile mediums to tell our stories. This year we will be publishing two titles in a special series titled ‘Stories in Cloth: Two Zines on Radical Textile History’. The first is ‘Many Hands Make A Quilt: Short Histories of Radical Quilting’ written by quilter and art historian Jess Bailey. The second is ‘Diasporic Threads: Black Women, Fibre & Textiles’ written with textile artist and arts educator Dr Sharbreon Plummer.