Lavender Witch is making a zine to go with their CD!

As you may already know I play guitar in a band called Lavender Witch. We are currently working on our first album. And instead of a regular CD booklet with lyrics and photos, we’re making a zine!

Here are some sneak peaks of the (work in progress) pages that will be printed in the zine and album artwork as well as some polaroids that we took recently:

Listen to our music on Bandcamp.

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Opening of the new Girls Go BOOM Clubhouse

Last Saturday I visited the new Girls Go BOOM Clubhouse in Ghent (Belgium). Girls Go BOOM is a DIY collective who put up shows for female(fronted) bands and organise other feminist activities as well. They were offered a space at the Meubelfabriek, a huge building with lots of rooms that are going to be used by different organisations and projects including a bike repair shop, a community garden, and an anarchist boxing club! Saturday was the official opening of the Meubelfabriek during which all the residents could introduce themselves. Girls Go BOOM built a rehearsal space there and has a living room-like space with a library and distro. It looked really cool!

What struck me most was that there were zines EVERYWHERE in the Girls Go BOOM Clubhouse! So I had to take lots of pictures. πŸ™‚ In the library you can read zines like Vinyldyke,Β Artificial Womb, and Ladyfuzz, and even zines byΒ yours truly as well as books about feminism and women in rock. For the opening of the space, Girls Go BOOM organised a “zine jam”, meaning you could just come by and make a zine. I used this opportunity to draw for upcoming issues of Same Heartbeats (yeah, I’m working on two issues at the same time…).

I’m already curious for what kind of activities Girls Go BOOM will organise in their clubhouse in the future! For sure it’s amazing to have such a space for your own project and I’m sure they’ll make good use of it!

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Inktober 2019 starts today!

Inktober 2019 – an initiative that wants to encourage you to draw with ink every day during the month of October – starts today. Are you participating? I’m gonna try… But I won’t bother posting about it online everyday because that will take away too much time from the actual drawing. I might share all my drawings when October is over instead.

So today the official prompt is “ring” and I’m drawing a pattern with ring-shapes that I can use as a background for a future zine. I like drawing patterns, and see, on day 10, there is even a prompt called “pattern”!

Have fun with Inktober if you are taking part too! Either way, have a lovely creative month!

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Short visit to Berlin (Sept 2019)

Last week, I went to Berlin where I visited one of my favourite zine places: the Archive of Youth Culture! Thanks to Guiseppina and her colleagues for the warm welcome and interesting chat! This place is a pure treasure cave so be sure to stop by when you are in Berlin.

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New mini-zine: Do it yourself care #2: self-care during heat waves

New mini-zine!

Do it Yourself Care #2: self-care during heat waves is filled with small DIY coping strategies to deal with changing weather circumstances.

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It’s been a heat wave filled summer where I live so I decided to make this mini-zine to feel a little bit less powerless. It’s clear that we urgently need to fight climate change and the destruction of this planet and in the meantime we also have to cope with impact of the already changing weather patterns on our (mental and physical) health and well-being. That’s where this zine comes in. Inside I’ve collected a lot of advice and recommendations that may help you to survive extremely hot summer days, thanks to my friends who contributed and sent in their tips and tricks. The zine also includes a playlist!

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Full-colour doubled-sided A7 mini-zine.

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How to order?

Mail to flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk to place your order. More info on how to order.

Price: 0,50 euros + postage. Trades welcome too!

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This zine is the predecessor of Do It Yourself Care #1, about self-care practice in general.

More zines in my catalog.

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Take care & keep cool!

 

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Zines I read in 2019 (August)

Welcome to another edition of mini-reviews/descriptions/photos of the zines I read! In this edition there are a lot of zines I bought/traded at Swindon Zine Fest and North West Zine Fest but also many others. Subjects range from (outer) space, nuns, skating, house plants, and penpals to recording music, radical unemployment, tv series that feature paintball, and more. Yes, there exist zines about any topic imaginable!

Keep in mind: I structured these mini-reviews by genre or subject but zines usually don’t fit into one box so a lot of the zines I read can be categorised in different ways or not at all. Also, mail me if you want to buy a zine for which I didn’t add any web link. No promises, but maybe I can get you in touch with the zine maker.

Enjoy! (And go make your own zine!)

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My zines in WorldCat

Photo taken at the Salford Zine Library in Manchester

I was so excited to learn that my zine series Same Heartbeats is in WorldCat, thanks to the University of Washington Libraries who seem to have a few issues in their collection. I don’t know how they got there, but zines travel in mysterious ways…

My old zine series Flapper Gathering is in WorldCat too, thanks to the LSE Library in London. Yay!

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Here is a list of libraries (and distros and shops) where you can find my zines. But there might be others, you never know!

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