Coming at you from Austin, TX is Raw Paw, a jack-of-all-trades media collective and creative agency. Their table is not to be missed at the fest this year! Check out their website for more information on everything they do because they can do it all!
ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!
Raw Paw: Hi ZFH! Stoked to be coming out to frolic with you guys! We are Raw Paw, an Austin-based media collective and creative agency – we publish books and records, throw big bangin’-ass art parties, as well as hook up freelance artists with cash monies for their work. Heyo!
RP: Throughout our 5-year existence in the print-world, we have gained a lot of momentum in publishing analog products. As millennials, we are making digitally-educated analog products, and people of all ages really love that juxtaposition. It seems like there is a giant pendulum between analog and digital, and that once it hit fully on the digital side, things started to get all fuzzy and scrambled inside of computers – Where is this or that: song, file, paper, website?! etc etc. – and people started to want to connect with things physically again, to hold and love an item for its actual presence, and now we see a resurgence of demand for physical products. Zines are like a culture-capsule, a time-capsule, and they can spread ideas and art unlike any other medium.
RP: We are a collective born out of poetry potlucks – out of basic human togetherness. The idea to make a zine stemmed from the question – what is the equivalent of a music album for poets and artists? So Raw Paw Vol. 1 was a basic xerox-style and stapled, 10 pages, very elementary by the standards of our more current zines. We release a lot of different zines – we have a solo artist series, a poetry chapbook series, our Raw Paw the zine series, and lots of different books in between, and a lot of different types – Risograph to offset to digital – and our sister company CogDut screenprints the covers a lot of the time. Our most recent release was Raw Paw Vol. 6: ALIEN and it’s 100+ pages of offset printed beauty, perfect bound, and comes with a mixtape – constituting a time capsule of Austin-connected lit, art, and music.
RP: ……The internet?? Is this a trick?
RP: Native advertising – when news outlets make you think it’s a story but really it’s an ad. -_-
RP: By focusing on their best parts.