Zinespiration mini-zine!

New mini-zine:

Zinespiration

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Do you ever get stuck in your creative endeavours? Do you want to find more motivation or new ideas? Are you curious to know where I find inspiration to make things? This zine may help you find out…

Zinespiration is a mini-zine about things that inspire me to draw, write, make zines, music, crafts, etc. It’s a colourful little booklet filled with ideas and tips for finding inspiration and encouragement for creative projects.

Zinespiration is a folded sheet of paper turned into an 8 page mini-zine with a poster inside.

Printed in full colour.

Do you want a copy?

Get in touch!
Mail to: flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk
1 copy = 0,50 euros + postage (trades accepted too)

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And finally, a photo of the work in progress / making of Zinespiration which was made completely “analog”:

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Fun stuff I did in March

March is known in the zine world for its yearly “Mini Zine March” challenge, invented by Nyx of Sea Green Zines to inspire and motivate to make more mini-zines. Unfortunately this year I couldn’t find (or make) the time to create or finish a mini-zine during this month but I did do plenty of zine-related and other fun stuff instead…

International Women’s Day – March 8th

For the first time ever (as far as I know) a women’s strike had been organised in Belgium on March 8th. Apart from the actual call to strike by the collective 8 Maars (supported by the unions and other organisations) there were several actions taking place in several cities. I attended some things that were organised in the centre of Brussels but I couldn’t stay very long because I also had plans in Namur…

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YngWHO? + Same Heartbeats #14

Hi there! Did you see my new zines yet?

I’m excited to see my two newest zines in print: YngWHO? and Same Heartbeats #14!

YngWHO? is a zine about fandom and fame, growing up in the 80s, gender, and guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. It includes Yngwie-inspired life advice, book/zine/film recommendations, a playlist, a crossword-type puzzle, and a paper doll! It’s 32 pages in A5 size.

Same Heartbeats #14 is the new issue of my feminist perzine. Inside I wrote about my band Lavender Witch, Yngwie Malmsteen (again), all the prize draws I ever won, zine events, travelling to the UK, … and there’s an interview with two creative DIY feminist activist friends (Asia and Emca), a vegan recipe, and a comic about manspreading. It’s 36 pages in A5 size.

Both zines cost 2 euros each (+ postage). Trades are welcome. Distros, get in touch!

Mail to: flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk

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Zines I read in 2019 (January – February)

Welcome to the first edition of “Zines I read” of 2019! This year I want to write mini reviews of all the zines I’m reading again. So for this first edition I present you all the zines I read in the past two months. There’s a bit of everything again: zines in all shapes and sizes, comics, perzines (zines focussing on personal or autobiographical content), fanzines (about the Breeders, children’s books, metal…), zines about political issues (women in history, domestic violence…), travel zines, and more. I’m sure you’ll want to read (at least some of) them too!

I tried to mention webshops, social media or websites where you can find the zines whenever possible, but if you want to buy a zine that doesn’t have any web link, contact me and I might be able to get you in touch with the zinester.

P.S. Check out my zines too (I write about stuff like feminist activism, self-care, travelling, DIY culture, my stuffed bunny, and more).

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Règles d’A3 – exhibition

Règles d’A3 – exhibition
March 8th – April 6th 2019
Café Arsène in Namur

On Friday March 8th the vernissage of the group exhibition Règles D’A3 takes place in Namur. The artwork – from paintings to prints – will celebrate International Women’s Day and invite to join and support feminist struggles. The exhibition can be visited until April 6th in Arsène Café in Namur (Belgium), and part of the sales will be donated to the organisation BruZelle who distribute menstrual products to women living in precarity.

I‘m taking part with a drawing I made (see image on the right) that was turned into a 2-colour screenprint by the collective Chocs et Ennui who organise the exhibition. Some of my drawings have been turned into screenprints before (to print on clothing) but this one was especially made for this purpose. I enjoyed drawing it and deciding on the 2 colours and I look forward to see the result on March 8th!

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News & events (March-May 2019)

Some news and updates from my zine life: 🙂

NEWS

In the past few months I made a bunch of new zines:

  • Guitarrr #2: mini-zine for learning to play guitar and bass
  • Same Heartbeats #14: DIY feminist zine about manspreading, going to zine events (in the UK and Belgium), Lavender Witch, Yngwie Malmsteen, nostalgia, etc + interview with 2 creative DIY queer-feminist activist friends
  • YngWHO?: fanzine/perzine about the 80s, fandom, fame, gender, and Yngwie Malmsteen

Recently I was asked to contribute a illustration to the book The Feminist Revolution by D-M Withers and Bonnie J. Morris. It arrived in my mailbox not so long ago. Here you can see the cover and my illustration:

 

More illustration news soon!

EVENTS

Règles d’A3 – opening exhibition
Friday March 8th
at Arsène café, in Namur
Group exhibition for International Women’s Day: 19 artists will show their work on women’s rights, on A3 format, to support the non-profit organisation BruZelle. The exhibition opens on March 8th and runs till April 6th and is organised by the DIY collective Chocs et Ennui. There will be a concert by Unluckid too.
Facebook event
Website of Chocs et Ennnui

Ladyfest Brussels
Friday-Sunday March 15-17th
at Brass, in Brussels
Ladyfest is a feminist DIY festival that is organised world-wide since 2000. I’m happy to see there is another edition in Brussels with a full program! Some zine friends and I will do a table with our zines. Come by and swap zines with us!
Facebook event

Alternatieve Boekenbeurs – zine table
Saturday March 23rd
‘t Landhuis, in Ghent
Yearly anarchist bookfair with plenty of alternative and activist book publishers, zine makers, and organisations. There is an interesting program of workshops and talks too and in the evening there is a concert and party. Attention: the location has moved to ‘t Landhuis: Warmoezeniersweg 19!
FEL and some of our feminist zinester-friends will share a table to present our zines, books, buttons, and stickers. Come and say hi and plan the revolution with us! 🙂
Facebook event
Website

Ladyfest Maastricht – panel about alternative feminist media
Saturday-Sunday May 4-5th
in Maastricht (Netherlands)
Ladyfest is a feminist DIY festival that is organised world-wide since 2000. This is the 3rd edition that takes place in Maastricht. With a full program of workshops, bands, and more you won’t be bored!
I will participate in the panel on alternative feminist media (from zines to blogs and podcasts). Not sure yet on which day the panel will take place but I’ll post it here as soon as I know.
Facebook
Website

Swansea Zine Fest – zine table
Saturday May 11th
Swansea, UK
Zine fest in the seaside town Swansea in Wales. I will table with my zines. Exciting!
Facebook event
Website

 

See you at one of these events!

 

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New zine: YngWHO?

YngWHO? – a fanzine about growing up in the 80s, queerness, fandom, and Yngwie Malmsteen

My new zine YngWHO? talks about a lot of things, so you don’t need to be a fan or even have heard of Yngwie Malmsteen. I didn’t know who he was before last summer… (He’s a guitarist who started out in the 80s and supposedly invented neoclassical rock/metal). But because I became a fan over the summer, I decided a zine was in order and I used it to write about a number of subjects.

Even though I call YngWHO? a fanzine, it’s as much a perzine*. It’s written from a fan perspective and I write about fandom as well as about personal things like memories from the 80s and gender stuff.

What can you find in this zine?

  • all things Yngwie, including how I discovered his music, what we can learn from him, and reasons to hate him (yep)
  • thoughts about fandom and fame
  • thoughts about queerness, gender expression, and the 80s
  • film / book / zine recommendations
  • and also… a poster, a puzzle, and a paper doll! 🙂

The zine is 32 pages, in A5 format. The cover is printed on coloured paper, the inside pages on recycled paper, and it’s bound by yellow yarn.

For sale: 2 euros + postage
Trades welcome!
Distros: get in touch!
Mail to flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk

*perzine is short for personal zine, a zine focusing on personal/autobiographical content, while a fanzine is about (a) subject(s) that the author is a fan of, is passionate about, or simply likes a lot.

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