Affordable and ecological hand-made gifts

A few days ago was Buy Nothing Day and while I fully encourage buying less stuff any day (certainly when it’s made by eco-system destroying and workers exploiting capitalist companies), you may still want to give presents to friends or family for the holidays or for another occasion. And that can be a nice thing! So why not support some small independent creators this season? But first, if you like creating stuff yourself, go ahead and make your own gifts. Self-made presents are always the most precious and unique! But you can also offer hand-made goodies made by others and at the same time support independent creators. Take a look at our webshops, websites, or social media. Some of us may even be into swaps! My creative project Echo Zines is one such independent art project and I have several gift ideas available for you:

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ZineWriMo 2022 part 4 + overview – journaling, snail mail, and an ode to Mawy

Today is the last day of ZineWriMo 2022 (Zine Writing Month) so I’d like to take you along and show you the ziney and arty parts of my life in the last 1,5 week.

First some announcements though… This Saturday December 3rd you can visit the temporary zine library / reading corner at the birthday party of Pardon zine collective at De Koer in Ghent. Some of my zines will be there to read or to buy as well. The next day on Sunday the 4th I’ll be tableing with my zines, postcards, and more at the Go Local winter craft market at Meubelfabriek in Ghent together with Wayfaring Moon Apothecaries. Hope to see you there! (By the way you can also get my zines etc from my webshop).

Now back to ZineWriMo and the creative stuff I did last week:

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Did you see these witches, bunnies & other monsters?

For me November is still spooky season. It could really last all throughout these dark Autumn and Winter days in my opinion (in the Northern hemisphere anyway). So how about some spooky reading materials? I have a few zines available for you:

NEW ZINES:

  • Witches’ Brew #5 – queer crone witch: full-colour mini-zine about the power of the queer crone witch
  • Witches’ Brew #6 – the faces of the moon: full-colour mini-zine about the moon phases and full moon names
  • Witches’ Brew #7 – time & space: an A6-size witchy perzine about sceptical/fluid/DIY witchcraft, witchy places, childhood memories, age, the wheel of the year, my magical morning routine, and more.
  • Witches’ Brew #8 – sigil catalog: a full-colour mini-zine filled with magickal symbols and a manual with different methods for how to make your own sigils
  • Bunnies & Other Monsters: a full-colour halloween-themed zine featuring Chainsaw Bunny and her friends

MORE INFO + HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER:

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Postcard bundles & winter holiday cards

For me the winter holidays (or the summer holidays in the Southern hemisphere) are the ultimate postcard sending and receiving season. So I’ve prepared two postcard bundles you can send to your friends and family. They are both available in my webshop. In total I’ve created 16 postcards so far over the years. Let’s take a look at all the designs, bundles, and options:

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ZineWriMo 2022 part 1 – zine ideas, art grimoires, and where I find inspiration

In this blogpost, I’m sharing some creative projects that I worked on this week. For example there’s the ZineWriMo challenge (Zine Writing Month) in November. Even though I’m not following all the ZineWriMo prompts by Sea Green Zines, you should take a look at them because they are fun! Apart from zines, I’m going to show you what I made so far for the magickal grimoire / artjournal course by Molly Roberts

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