News & activities – Spring 2017

Some upcoming activities:

  • I will be sharing a table with feminist zine friends to sell and trade our creations at VoiZines’ Zine Happening III on April 8-9 at Lousbergsbuurtcentrum in Gent
  • Next I’m doing a zine/book table with FEL at the Alternatieve Boekenbeurs on April 22nd at De Koer in Gent
  • At Dans L’Cul Danku festival on April 23rd at Barlok in Brussels I will give a zine workshop
  • And I’ll do another zine workshop together with Megan Beard at Ladyfest Maastricht May 6-7th in Maastricht (Netherlands)

News:

  • Same Heartbeats #11 will be finished very very soon and I have plans to make a mini-zine about feminist activism this month because it’s Mini-Zine March! 🙂

 

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Happy 2017! (+ news)

Happy New Year!

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Let’s make this a year of positive radical change!

Some announcements and news:

  • My very first peer-reviewed scientific article called “Write it yourself? Feminist perzines as participatory playgrounds” got published in the journal Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies! It’s about feminist perzines and their value in today’s digital age. Let me know if you’d like to read it and I’ll send you the pdf.
  • In 2016 I also contributed comics for #4 and #5 of Ethical Sloth.
  • Same Heartbeats #11 is slowly progressing…
  • Lately my flapper_grrrl(at)yahoo.co.uk email address doesn’t receive all mails sent from gmail addresses. In case you have/had trouble mailing me, mail to ninanijsten(at)gmail.com instead.

Plans / resolutions for 2017:

  • Make zines as usual:
    My plan is to publish Same Heartbeats #11 + another 24 hour zine + a mini-zine this year.
  • Do research and write about zines:
    I’m working on a second article and I just love to study the medium of zines in all its facets.
  • Make new crafty merch:
    Design new zine-themed buttons, new postcards like the one above, and maybe stickers. Some new bunnies might be born too this year.
  • Draw more:
    Make more sketches and experiment with styles and materials, draw at least 2 self-portraits (because I think I forgot to make one in 2016), start working on a graphic novel, make more Chainsaw Bunny comics.
  • Read more zines and books:
    I want to read at least 120 zines and a dozen books (including comic books / graphic novels) this year, inspired by this (thanks to Jessica Maybury for the tip!). I’m a slow, easily distracted reader but I also really want to read more and hope this will encourage me. Possibly some zine/book reviews might follow, here or on De Tweede Sekse blog. I’m at 20 zines and 2 books so far, yay!
  • Organise!
    Hang out with zine friends, create together, and use our creativity for positive radical change!
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New Years / holiday cards offer

Looking for New Years cards to send out to friends and family? Look no further. I’m offering a 10% discount on my cat design postcard if you order 10 or more of them. Offer is valid from December 5th 2016 till December 17th 2016.

1 postcard = 1 euro + shipping
10 postcards for 9 euros + shipping

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Mail: ninanijsten(at)gmail.com

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24 Hour Zine event report by That Beard Girl

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Take a look at what Megan aka That Beard Girl wrote about our recent 24 hour zine gathering (August 2016). Megan makes the most amazing artwork and needlecraft, so check out her website! Can’t wait to read her zine WITCH!

 

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Survey – zines about body norms and resistance

IMG_8577webHi, I’m a zinester and I’m also doing some research into zines.

At the moment I’m writing an article on zines about body norms and resistance. To get a variety of voices in my article, I’m looking for zinesters to participate in a survey. If you make zines which address issues such as abortion, age(ing)/ageism, body image and beauty standards, disability/ableism, gender/sexism, illness, LGBTQIA/phobia, menstruation, mental health, pregnancy/parenting, race/racism, sexuality, (sexual) violence, and other body-related identities/oppressions/issues or intersections of these, please get in touch!

The article will be published online on the website of Sophia, a support network for gender studies in Belgium. Last year, Sophia organised a conference called Unruly Bodies which invited researchers, activists, and artists to present their work on body norms and resistance in lectures, performances, exhibitions, and workshops. Soon, articles by those participants about their presentations will be published on their website. At the conference I set up a temporary zine library and zine workshop and this inspired me to find out more about zines talking about body-related issues.

I’m especially interested in ways zines can assist in resistance against body norms and oppression. If you would like to share your views, you can let me know and send me your answers to the following questions:

Survey:

  • Your name, pen name or pseudonym?
  • Your preferred pronoun, age, country of residence/origin?
  • Name of your zine(s)?
  • How many zines have you made and how long have you been making zines? How did you first discover zines?
  • Why do you make zines?
  • How would you describe the zine(s) you make? Which themes/subjects do your address in your zine(s)?
  • How do you address body-related issues/identities/oppressions in your zine(s)?
  • What do you hope to achieve by making your zine(s) and writing about these issues?
  • Does the distribution, community, and readership of zines have an impact on your content?
  • Can zines be political or activist? If yes, in which way? If no, why not? Do you use your zines as a form of activism or political tool?
  • What are the advantages of zines for you as a political tool and what are their limitations?
  • Do you think zines can be used to criticise, question, break or bend society’s body norms and make space for those who do not fit in? Do you use zines for body norm resistance?
  • Have you noticed or experienced the influence of society’s body norms in/on zines? Have you noticed (or contributed to) a creation of other/new/alternative norms?
  • Do you use digital/online media such as blogs, youtube, social media…? Can you compare how you use them to how you use zines?
  • What is your experience with reading zines which talk about body norms and resistance? Have they impacted or influenced you?
  • Would you like to add anything?

I would be very grateful if you decide to participate in the questionnaire, and if you prefer, you don’t have to answer all of the questions. By answering the questions, I will assume you’re giving me permission to quote you for my article (unless you ask me not to). Please tell me if you prefer to be quoted anonymously. In case I would like to ask some additional questions or clarification of your answers, I will contact you again.

You can send your answers to: flapper_grrrl(at)yahoo.co.uk. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. [I’ve been having some problems with yahoo, if it doesn’t work to send mails to my yahoo address, you can mail to: ninanijsten(at)gmail.com]

Thanks a lot for your participation!

More info about my own zines on my zine blog

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Distros, shops and libraries that stock my zines

News: De Groene Waterman in Antwerp and Het Fort van Sjakoo in Amsterdam are stocking my newest zines Same Heartbeats #10 and In Movement.

In these shops, distros and libraries you can find some of my other zines:

DISTROS + MAILORDER:

BOOKSHOPS:

 LIBRARIES + ARCHIVES:

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Same Heartbeats #10 out now! – anniversary issue zine

shb10web1New zine: Same Heartbeats #10

Happy to announce… the 10th issue of Same Heartbeats! I’ve been making his DIY feminist personal-political zine for about a decade, releasing an issue almost yearly, and it continues to document the local and less local DIY feminist scene, things that are on my mind, and much more.

Same Heartbeats #10 features plenty of articles and artwork, is decorated with a self-made heart-shaped lino stamp print on the cover and it includes an extra full-colour mini-zine all about Chainsaw Bunny!

Contents of this issue:

  • Writings on age, archiving memories, “copyshop disasters”, and Brussels
  • DIY: learn how to DJ
  • Interview with Fliss of the amazing Athemaura zine
  • The Zine Test
  • Reports on feminist/queer/diy/zine events
  • Comics
  • + more

shb10web2Buy all this for only 2 euros + shipping! Mail me at flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk to order the zine!

(You can pay by paypal, bank transfer, or very well-hidden cash – I have another email address for paypal!! Zine trades accepted too!)

 

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