Bitchin’ Bugs. You heard correctly; it’s the name of the one and only Amy Lesko‘s final publication project. Graduating this year and moving on to bigger and better things, we thought we’d sit down with Amy and find out a little more about this unique, hand-made book.
Amy – where does the name come from?
That’s a good question! To be honest I really struggled with the name in the beginning because as it turns out, not many things make insects sound exciting to an older audience. I was just sprouting words with my course mates until “Bitchin’ Bugs” was said, it rolled off the tongue and sounded, well, bitchin! I asked my friends to see if I could get away with the so called bad language and hey, it’s 2016 am I right?! My tutors were a bit more hesitant but I really liked it thus I brushed away their plea for me to “think about changing it”. I’m glad I went with it, people seem to love Bitchin’ Bugs!
Where did your main inspirations come from; was there anyone who shone out in particular in the creation of this handmade publication?
I love the whole thrown together, bit raw around the edges vibe that stems from zines and zine culture. With riso printing you aren’t going to get 100% perfect results, but that’s what makes it perfect. I wanted my images and materials to have this organic feel which works hand-in-hand with the risograph process. It leads back to the idea of chucking images on the photocopier in the way zines used to be created. Some of the numbers and headings in Bitchin’ Bugs are actually copied into my computer and printed out to look like they have been photocopied; a nod to my inspirations.