Topiary

I used to work at Hampton Court. This is a marker drawing of some of the trees in the gardens there. I earnt a pittance, worked every single weekend for six months, and wore a terrible polyester uniform. I got very used to being surrounded by incredible splendour though, and spent quite a lot of happy hours minding the maze, sitting in a shed reading long Russian books, listening to whatever mellow music wouldn’t annoy tourists (lots of Elliot Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Tortoise and Grandaddy), and making up lies about the maze to tourists. (I wrote about being in charge of the maze in issue 22 of my zine). I also used to get a good amount of free glasses of Pimms too from jugs that were left over from the outside bar.

Getting menial jobs like that in museums is fiercely competitive, and I gave up on ever earning more than minimum wage in the field- I’m still planning to write about that. Still I had a nice summer being in charge of a maze.

 

August Zines-25% off

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I‘m back in the UK until Weds, and able to send out zines again. However I can only do the small selection I have already printed up- new print runs will have to wait until my permanent return in September. With a bonus 25% off. Here’s what I’ve got:
Best of Fanzine Ynfytyn collection of articles from issues 1-12
Fanzine Ynfytyn 16– Weird grandparents and people I wanted to be when I grew up
Fanzine Ynfytyn 18– 80s video machines and spinach lasagne
Fanzine Ynfytyn 21– A trip to Paris when I’m totally broke, accidentally co-inciding with the Charlie Hebdo attacks
Fanzine Ynfytyn 22– Foxes and working on the ticket booth of Hampton Court Maze
Fanzine Ynfytyn 28– Three weeks travelling round Japan by train
Being Editors 1– Essays about children’s writer Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl’s Moving
Little Whisper Smoke Signs– colour photography mini zine
Colouring Book zine– Have a guess
Snail and tree badges– vintage plastic brooches from the 1970s