International Zine Month: day 21-27

DAY 21 – International Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library!

-> FEL is building a small zine library, alongside their slightly less small book library.

DAY 22 – Send your zine to a zine library

-> Making my package ready for the Making Art, Making Media, Making Change project

DAY 23 – Make a 1 page zine. Here are some instructions.

IMG_7024web-> Last year I made a mini-zine about how to make zines (written in Dutch). Mini-zines are great formats for a quick message and you can leave them around just like flyers for people to take home. Some day, I’d like to make a mini-zine about local feminist activism. Maybe next year.

DAY 24 – Organize your zine collection

-> packing my zine collection at my mom’s house and preparing them to move to my own place… all my zines will be re-united again! :-)

DAY 25 – Teach a friend or family member about zines

DAY 26 – Submit something to a compilation zine

DAY 27 – Organize a zine event! any size! big or small!

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New zine: CuNt & Paste

During the 24 Hour Zine Thing gathering in Ghent from July 16th till July 17th, 5 new zines were born, made by 5 different zine-makers. Among those zines is my youngest offspring named CuNt & Paste. As are her sisters, she’s in great health, and impatiently waiting to be read by you!

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CuNt & Paste is a zine dedicated to feminist zine cuture and graphic art. Inside you can find cut-and-paste artwork, drawings and articles about the herstory/past of zines and posters, zines and other projects and publications that inspired me, how to make a feminist poster and what zines mean to me.

This is a one-off zine made in 24 hours for 24 Hour Zine Thing. It’s the first time I made a zine in such a short amount of time but I’d love to do it again some time!

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Added bonus: the ink of the lino stamp of the letter N on the cover looks like dried blood. :) (But it isn’t really, trust me)

24 pages, A5, 1 euro + postage
Mail to: flapper_grrrl(at)yahoo.co.uk
If you order Same Heartbeats #7 before the end of July 2014, you get a free copy of CuNt & Paste!

Other zines available as well: zine catalogue

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New zine: Same Heartbeats #7

IMG_9801webThe 7th issue of Same Heartbeats is still warm from the printers and waiting to be read by you!

Same Heartbeats is a feminist zine that mixes equal parts travel stories, craftivism, feminist theory and zine culture. This issue focuses on the local feminist movement, personal travel stories and women-only spaces/groups.

As always, this issue of Same Heartbeats is printed on recycled paper and tied with yarn. The cover is a lino cut, a self-portrait by zine-maker Nina, printed at the Royal Library in Brussels.

This issue includes:

  • a report of Queer Zine Fest London 2013
  • arguments for and against women-only spaces and groups
  • how to make a crafty pussy riot cat
  • a report of Doorbreek De Stilte, a meeting about violence against women
  • a comic about Ladyfest Brussels 2014
  • an interview with zine-maker Melanie Maddison
  • a comic about the mini-tour of Vagina Dentata to Leipzig
  • thoughts on sister cities and feminist communities
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the making off…

A5, 32 pages, 2 euros + postage
Mail to: flapper_grrrl(at)yahoo.co.uk
-> If you order Same Heartbeats #7 before the end of July, you get a free copy of my 24-hour-zine CuNt & Paste!

Other zines available as well: zine catalogue

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24 Hour Zine Day @Ghent + International Zine Month: day 15-20

24 Hour Zine Thing:

On July 16th-July 17th some people got together in Ghent to make a 24-page-zine in 24 hours. And we all succeeded! Here are some photos of our creative zine gathering:

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And the zines we made:

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International Zine Month activities of the past week:

JULY 15 – Leave a zine in public for someone else to find: leave your zine at a bus stop, bathroom, waiting room, or anywhere else someone will find it!

JULY 16 – Send your zine to a distro for consideration

JULY 17 – Review a zine online or write a review to share

(I wrote about zines in my 24-hour-zine)

JULY 18 – Order from a different zine distro than usual

JULY 19 – Zine Shop appreciation day! Try to find a local shop that sells zine or see if you can get a local store to stock zines!

JULY 20 – Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone.

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International Zine Month: day 7-14 – postal week

I haven’t been able to do much in postal week, even though I really liked the activities:

 

DAY 7 – Make some envelopes or postcards for postal week

The start of postal week of IZM! I decorated some envelopes.

DAY 8 – Make a flyer for your zine to send with trades or orders and see if other people will trade for stacks of them so you can all promote each other.

Re-printed the one I made last year for Queer Zine Fest London:

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DAY 9 – Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know

DAY 10 – Send a care package to a zine friend

I sent out my package to a crafty friend.

DAY 11 – Make some mail art!

DAY 12 – Send your zine out to be reviewed

DAY 13 – Zine Trade Day! Ask someone if they would like to trade zines with you.

DAY 14 – ValenZINE’s Day! Write to ZineCrush.com (or write to your zine crush!)

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International Zine Month: days 4-6

Some things I did for International Zine Month the last few days:

Day 4: read a zine from another country

Today I read the zine Sugar Paper #10 from the UK. It has a cover made from real sugar paper and hand-printed letters! Sugar Paper is a craft zine with 20 craft recipes ranging from party food to glitter shoes. #10 is the party issue.

 

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Day 5: teach yourself a new zine skill

I tried to do some basic book binding and made a travel notebook! I always loved hand-made notebooks and these skills can come in handy for making zines too!

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Here are some youtube clips to teach you some book binding skills:

 

Day 6: update or add info about your zine on ZineWiki (= wikipedia for zine land)

Update: http://zinewiki.com/Same_heartbeats

New: http://zinewiki.com/Scissors_and_chainsaws

 

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International Zine Month: day 3 – distro appreciation day

Today is Zine Distro Appreciation Day! So order something from a zine distro!

A distro is a DIY distribution project that distributes or sells stuff like zines, CDs, tapes, vinyl, patches, buttons, self-made postcards… The goal is not to make a profit, it’s done for the love of music/craft/zines, and sometimes distros struggle to break even, so support them! They are very important to spreading and promoting zines.

Here are some lists of distros:

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