Queer witchery for IDAHOT

Wow, I almost forgot, but it’s IDAHOT today: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. For this occasion I gathered a few resources and ideas to queerify your witchy crafts and witchify your queer activism. Not only to use today but any day of the year that you feel like.

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Zines and postcards for International Women’s Day

Forget giving flowers or jewellery on Women’s Day! It’s a day to celebrate, remember, and plot feminist struggles after all! It’s a day to go on strike, organise, and educate yourself and others. And why not a day to read feminist zines and send postcards?

By the way, for March 8th I have some news to share about my solo music project Lost Luna too… Read on:

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Visiting the Huis van Alijn museum in Ghent

This blog post is a bit late but I still wanted to write a bit and show some photos of my visit to the Huis Van Alijn museum (“House of Alijn”) in Ghent a month ago because I really enjoyed it. Huis Van Alijn is the museum of daily life. It’s a fun museum to explore at any time because the permanent exhibition (which is regularly updated/changed) is well worth a visit and I think it’s a fun activity in these weird times. But I especially wanted to see their current exhibition about protests and parades…

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New self-care & feminist activism zine bundles in my webshop!

To do something special for December’s Bandcamp Friday, I assembled two new bundles! These zine/postcard bundles are now available in my Bandcamp webshop.

Self-care bundle

Take a look

Feminist activism bundle

Take a look

HOW TO ORDER?

These bundles are only available in my Bandcamp webshop. Go to the shop to place an order.

(PS. I can’t promise that they will arrive on time for the winter holidays!)

Protest posters

Here are a few activist posters that I made a while ago:

Kinderfeest: download pdf

“Sinterklaas” is approaching and so it’s good to be armed against all the racist arguments to keep the traditional “Black Pete” or “Zwarte Piet” character as part of this children’s party (celebrated in Belgium, the Netherlands and part of Germany). This poster is an attempt to explain (a part of) its problem and to give a possible awesome alternative: Queen Nikkolah. This poster was first made for and printed in a zine about the issue of Zwarte Piet by Sister Ray Zines. Find more info here.

Solidarity with Mawda: download pdf

Mawda was a refugee toddler whose parents fled to Belgium. While the family was trying to find a safe home, she was killed by a police officer who shot at the van they were hiding in. Follow the case and campaign to bring justice to Mawda here.

My body my choice:

This poster was made for an exhibition organised by Chocs et Ennui on March 8th 2019. The design was created by me but the silkscreen print was done by Chocs et Ennui. It’s available as a postcard but not yet as a pdf.

(Please credit me and let me know if you intend to use any of these images other than for personal use, sharing online, or as *legal* street-art -> I’d love to see photos though if that’s possible. 🙂 If you are a white organisation or publication that receives funding and/or has paid employees, ask me first.)

I’m currently working on a poster about the advantages of face masks and will add that when it’s finished (might take a while).

MORE POSTERS

Find more activist posters online to download and print:

Craftivism article – ScumGrrrls

I wrote this article in 2011 for Scumgrrrls magazine #18. So quite a long time ago… I might phrase some things differently nowadays but I think this can still be an interesting text to read and discuss.

The article is about craftivism, using craft for activist purposed. Is crafting and craftivism really as radical and revolutionary as some people say? Or is it just an update of back-to-the-kitchen domestic patriarchy or even new kind of consumerism? I’m curious for your thoughts too!

Mixing craft + activism = craftivism

“I started thinking about ways to knit for the greater good, and I realized that right now, right here at this very moment in time, the act of craft is political. In a time of over-ease and overuse and overspending, I can take back the control over where my money goes, over what my outfit is, and over how my life is lived.”

Betsy Greer in Handmade Nation [1]

Knitting, sewing, cross-stitch, crochet: crafts like these probably bring to mind grannies in rocking chairs making clothes for their grandchildren. They are linked to the traditional domestic life that women led up until a few decades ago: locked inside their homes, supplying their families with handmade jumpers, scarves and socks and decorating the house with quilts and embroideries… But since a few years, craft started to become popular again, especially in the USA and the UK. Old and young, women and men were reinventing, reclaiming and renewing old craft techniques. Arty craft books were published, craft shops flourished, craft fairs were organised, craft blogs started and craft zines written, and people even started to knit in public again. Handmade was hip!

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Article – Feminism and self-publishing

For Same Heartbeats #3 zine:

SELF-PUBLISHING & FEMINISM

This text deals with paper media such as zines and their link with feminism. I’m going to try to mix examples from different countries and avoid focussing only on American feminism and American zines because they already get covered a lot in research and alternative press.

Feminist media such as zines didn’t come from nowhere, appearing all of the sudden from a void. Feminists have always written down their ideas and published their writings. If they couldn’t find a publishing company they did it themselves. In the second wave of feminism which took place between the 1960s and the 1980s, feminists even started their own publishing companies and edited their own books, magazines and pamphlets. Examples of Dutch-speaking publishing companies were De Bonte Was and Feministische Uitgeverij Sarah. A section of the left-feminist group Dolle Mina made their own “Red Booklet” Of The Woman/Women and cheaply self-published magazines called De Grote Kuis around 1970 (it’s remarkable how much they’re alike today’s zines!). Also feminist book shops started to flourish, but unfortunately most of them are gone today. Some examples of contemporary feminist magazines include Scum Grrrls (Belgium), Emma (Germany), Bitch (US) and Lover (Netherlands). Often, feminist organisations publish their own newsletter or magazine, such as the Belgian organisations Gynaika (magazine under the same name), De Madam (newsletter under the same name), RoSa (magazine called Uitgelezen, RoSa is a feminist archive and library with lots of feminist magazines and other publications), De Vrouwenraad (Vrouwenraad) and Vie Féminine (Axelle). A Dutch publishing company run by women that’s been active for a few decades is Atalanta. They focus on anarchist, philosophical and ecological books and booklets and have also published some feminist publications. There are others as well such as Virago Press.

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