Initiated by Johannesburg based illustrator and designer Jess Jardim-Wedepohl, Funderlust is a very cool collaborative experimental zine project where a group of illustrators get together for a rapid-fire, free-for-all drawing session.
“It was originally supposed to be a way to meet people when I was travelling overseas this year,” says Jess, but it turns out that organising big sketch meets in foreign lands when you’re homesick and awful at talking to strangers is not super easy. “So, Johannesburg has been the only session so far – but hopefully not for long,” she adds.
After each drawing session, each participant receives scans or copies of all of the material generated to re-work, annotate and curate as they choose. In the end, everyone produces a unique zine from the same set of images to print, trade, sell or simply to compare.
The first session was held in April and consisted of the following: seven illustrators and designers, a mishmash of scrounged paper in various sizes and weights, art supplies, the stationary in the office, and some beer (just to keep the creative juices flowing). Using artworks from that session Jess has compiled the Fourteen Weeks Late Edition featuring her own illustrations alongside those of Alexis Schofield, Kyle Goulden, Liam Longland, Luci Badenhorst, Rebecca Riley and Tim Jardim.
Going forward Jess hopes to grow Funderlust and host more sessions in Jozi, other cities in SA and wherever else she finds herself next. If you’re interested in taking part, keep an eye on www.funderlust.co.za or drop Jess an email at email@example.com to be notified.