Zine workshop at Veelzijdig

logo-darkAt a women’s day event in Leuven called VeelZIJdig I will host a free ongoing zine workshop on March 6th and 7th, each day from 10:00 till 18:00. It will take place in a tent right next to the train station. So come whenever you want and participate in creating a big collective zine or make your own zine!

zineFrom the website of VeelZIJdig:

“Een zine is een magazine dat je zelf samenstelt. Zoek leuke afbeeldingen, slogans en teksten in tijdschriften (of bedenk ze zelf) en maak je eigen boekje met het nodige knip- en plakwerk. Op VeelZIJdig kun je aan de slag met thema’s rond vrouwelijkheid, beeldvorming, feminisme, identiteit, lichamelijkheid, seksualiteit … Nina helpt je op weg.”

You’ll be able to buy or swap some ECHO zines too!

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Nieuwe knuffelkatjes voor Let’s LousART

Pasgeboren knuffelkatjes, morgen adopteerbaar op Let’s LousART in Gent:

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en verder ook zines en ander handwerk (buttons, boekenleggers…) te koop.

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Let’s LousART craft fair in Ghent

I’m making crafts (cat dolls, book marks, zines, buttons, postcards…) to sell at this craft fair next Sunday:

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new facebook group: Feminist Zines Europe

femzineeuropelogowebI’ve started a facebook group called “Feminist Zines Europe” to discuss feminist zine-making, announce zines and zine projects (such as zine fests, zine tours, workshops, zine libraries…), call for contributions to zines, promote feminist zines, build networks between zine-makers/researchers/organisers/librarians, learn from each other, and share ideas and inspiration. Feel free to join the group and participate!

(Update: The page Feminist Zines Europe on this blog will keep a list of projects related to feminist zine-making. Let me know if there are projects I should add! I’m not adding feminist zines made in Europe to this list because it would be too enormous. But maybe I’ll make such a list some other time… For now I’m looking for zine libraries/archives, shops that sell zines, review websites, distros that carry feminist zines, etc.)

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News

  • clockcolorsmallThe 3rd edition of 24 Hour Zine Thing in Belgium will be happening in February or March! More info soon… Let us know if you want to participate and make your own zines in 24 hours! Write to flapper_grrrl(at)yahoo.co.uk.
  • My zine Same Heartbeats #8 is going to be finished around that time too… still a lot of work, but we’ll get there…
  • On February 22nd you can find my zines and crafts (bookmarks, cuddle-cats, buttons…) at Let’s LousART, a craft fair in Ghent. Come and say hello!
  • On March 6th and 7th I will give an ongoing zine workshop in Leuven at the feminist event VeelZIJdig. You can participate by making one or more pages for a big collective zine or by making your own zine.
  • Upcoming zine fests: VoiZines in Ghent on April 11-12, Alternatieve Boekenbeurs in Ghent on April 18th, Mini Queer Zine Fest in Berlin also on April 18th… (more dates here). ECHO zines will be for sale (and trade) at the zine fest in Ghent and maybe at the one in Berlin.
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Winter holiday zine gift packs

Because the winter holidays are near, ECHO presents two zine gift packs:

Winter zine pack I:

  • Same Heartbeats #7:
    IMG_9801webThe most recent issue of Same Heartbeats, a personal-political feminist zine that was started almost a decade ago, delves into the world of DIY feminism again. It contains comics about going to Ladyfest Brussels 2014 and going on tour with the feminist punk band Vagina Dentata, analyses the pros and cons of women-only spaces, talks about feeling part of the feminist scene in Brussels and Ghent, reports on Queer Zine Fest London and the event against violence against women called Doorbreek de Stilte, and interviews British zine maker Melanie Maddison. The cover is a reprint of a lino cut.
  • Same Heartbeats #6:
    IMG_8304webSame Heartbeats #6 is a return to the travel stories and ladyfest experiences that were so present in the earliest issues of Same Heartbeats. Here, those travel stories include visiting Ladyfests in Berlin and Amsterdam (or LaDIYfest as they call it) and the Queer Zine Fest in London. But there’s space for local stuff as well, with a DIY tour guide to Ghent, mentioning various interesting spaces and projects (inspired by the zine DIY Berlin: Be Your Own Damn Tour Guide). Furthermore, there are tips on how to play drums and learn self-defense. As ever, lots of collage art, comics and drawings.
  • Same Heartbeats #5:
    IMG_5027webConsciousness-raising, a call for action, questioning academic/post-modern feminist language, zines and libraries, non-hierarchical feminist ways of organising, crafty recycling ideas and lots of drawings on herstoric and contemporary feminists (Anneke Van Baalen, Bunnies On Strike, Pussy Riot, Famba, Vagina Dentata…): you can find it all in this issue of Same Heartbeats, published in July 2012. This 5th issue concentrates on the activist part of the feminist movement, whereas #4 is more about feminist theory…
  • Same Heartbeats #4:
    IMG_1288webPublished in the autumn of 2010, the 4th issue of Same Heartbeats focuses on feminist theory (strategies for a feminist revolution and a critique on academic/post-modern feminism) and history (about the Dolle Mina action groups and the women’s liberation rock bands, both from the 1970s). Of course there are also some reports of feminist events: _fest in Cologne and Take Back The Night / Heksennacht in Ghent. The cover is decorated with a hand-made lino stamp making each copy of this zine unique and the back cover is the now notorious “So what? I don’t shave my legs” poster.

5 euros + postage

Winter zine pack II:

  • Same Heartbeats #7:
    IMG_9801webThe most recent issue of Same Heartbeats, a personal-political feminist zine that was started almost a decade ago, delves into the world of DIY feminism again. It contains comics about going to Ladyfest Brussels 2014 and going on tour with the feminist punk band Vagina Dentata, analyses the pros and cons of women-only spaces, talks about feeling part of the feminist scene in Brussels and Ghent, reports on Queer Zine Fest London and the event against violence against women called Doorbreek de Stilte, and interviews British zine maker Melanie Maddison. The cover is a reprint of a lino cut.
  • Space Invasion:
    IMG_1091webSpace Invasion was hand-made in a few days time, a weekend full of die-hard zine-creating, during the 24 hour zine challenge that took place in October 2014 in Ghent. As the title says, the zine focuses on space in different meanings of the word. Inside you’ll find pages dedicated to space camps, lesbian feminist haunted houses, squats and women’s peace camps. The zine also talks about reclaming the streets, adbusting / street-art, street harassment and taking space as a woman in public places. In the centerfold you can see a map of autonomous feminist projects and groups in and around Belgium.
  • CuNt & Paste:
    IMG_9800webCunT & Paste was made in exactly 24 hours during 24 Hour Zine Day in Juy 2014, mostly by hand, drawn, cut and pasted, with a hand-printed lino stamped cover. This zine tells the writer’s personal story of discovering the zine world, listing zines that made an impact in her life, telling short herstories of  zines and feminist posters and explaining how to make your own poster. In other words: a zine dedicated to feminist zine culture and graphic art.
  • Scissors & Chainsaws:
    IMG_7567One month of drawing comics, that’s the idea of this zine that was made for International Zine Month in July 2014. Each page is a day of that month, telling what happened. It ranges from work-related stuff  to zine adventures and playing live for the first time with Vagina Dentata. And of course Chainsaw Bunny plays an important role! The zine has a green recycled cover. (Foam bunny book marks are sold out).
  • DIY or die:
    IMG_1205A how-to-make-stuff zine that was collectively made and co-edited with Coco Riot, full of DIY guides to a great variety of things! This includes making candles and anarchist flags, organising DIY days and home parties, fixing flat tires and building a greenhouse for your plants. At the back there are collectively-made comics too! This zine was made during Buy Nothing Make Something, a day full of DIY workshops organised by the Riot Grrrl Collectief in Hasselt in 2008.

5 euros + postage

Offer available until January 31st 2014.

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New zine: Space Invasion

24 days after the second 24 Hour Zine Making weekend, ECHO presents:

Space Invasion, a 24-hour-zine

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After the first edition of 24 Hour Zine Thing in Ghent in July 2014, several participants longed for another zine marathon. So there it was: the second edition of 24 Hour Zine Thing in Ghent on 24-25 October. During the first edition I created CuNt & Paste, a zine dedicated to feminist graphic art (posters, zines…). The second 24HZT event gave birth to a zine called Space Invasion.

IMG_1090webMade in a little bit more than 24 hours, Space Invasion is a collection of topics related to space and feminism. It includes writings on:

  • outer-space
  • adbusting and street-art
  • squatting
  • Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp
  • gender socialisation and taking space
  • street harassment
  • a lesbian-feminist haunted house

+ more!

If you want a copy of this zine, mail me at flapper_grrrl(at)yahoo.co.uk

IMG_1091webFor now only the paper edition is available but I plan to make a digitalised pdf version in colour. The printed zine costs 1 euro + postage costs.

  • paper version printed in black/white (with blue cover and tied with yarn) – out now!
  • coloured pdf version (which you can also print yourself) – under construction…
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