Established in 2019, Common Threads Press is an arts publishing project that aims to make art history more affordable, accessible and community-oriented. Based in Norwich, we publish zines, deliver workshops, and curate events that look at the intersection of art history and activism. 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 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 than it indicates its existence outside of mainstream publishing channels. For hundreds of years, zines have served underrepresented communities, 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, our communities have historically turned to textile mediums to tell our stories. This year, we will be publishing two titles in a special series entitled ‘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.

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