Upcoming punk/witch events + webshop update

I’ve got two craft fairs coming up this month that I’m very excited about, one in Leuven (BE) and one in Lille (FR), AND I’ve just added more things in my webshop (zines, bookmarks, embroidery). I’m also brainstorming about taking commissions for drawing very special portraits… Read on to find out more about all of this:

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What am I working on this month?

I enjoy working on several creative projects all at once (can you tell?). There’s so much I want to do and make and I enjoy alternating between different artistic disciplines: a bit of writing, a bit of sewing, a bit of drawing, a bit of music… the more the merrier. Because I rarely set strict deadlines and I do them mainly for fun, these creative projects rarely overwhelm me – instead, it’s what keeps me going.

Here are the creative projects that I’m currently working on:

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Echo news (March 2022) – Lost Luna, zine libraries, reviews, and exhibition

It’s been a while since I posted one of these big updates with news and upcoming events. But I’ve got some exciting things to share with you.

So here is news about my newest zine/craft/music projects, radio shows that played my songs, libraries that acquired my zines, reviews, an upcoming exhibition, and more…

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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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Visiting the Witches exhibition in Brussels

Last week I visited the Witches exhibition in Brussels (Belgium), organised by the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles). An entire exhibition about witchcraft and witches, I knew in advance that I was gonna enjoy it but it really went beyond my expectations. So I decided to write a little blogpost about my visit and show you some images from the exhibition. The exhibition closes by the end of this week so make sure to visit if you can!

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FAN ZIJN exhibition about music and fanzines

A few days ago I went to the exhibition FAN ZIJN (“being a fan”) in the public library of Sint-Niklaas, a small city in Belgium. It’s part of the PPPUSH-IT project, an event with walking tours and exhibitions in Sint-Niklaas related to music, and FAN ZIJN focuses on zines, fandom, music and DIY culture. You can see local and international fanzines from the 80s up till today (like Cometbus), alongside some tapes, T-shirts, and badges, as well as videos of interviews with zine makers (including Vinyldyke) and informative and encouraging tutorials. There’s a focus on punk and hardcore, riot grrrl and feminist rock, anarchist, and gothic subcultures. The original zines are shown under glass while some pages have been photocopied and stuck on panels which reminded me both of oldschool xeroxed fanzines (which of course are still made today, including by me) and posters advertising punk shows.

It’s a pity the exhibition only runs until June 20th because I wish more people could see it all throughout the summer (covid also doesn’t help). As far as I know this is the first exhibition in Belgium that focuses on zines and I really think it could make a great travelling exhibition. If you can, go see this fan-tastic expo! (I’m not just saying that because some of my zines are part of it). Register to visit on weekend days here or just go during the opening hours of the library. The exhibition can be found on the ground floor, first and second floor of the library, there is an elevator and entrance is free.

Photo time…

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Fanzine exhibition at the public library of Sint-Niklaas

Some of my zines are part of this exhibition about fandom, music, and zines:

 

FAN ZIJN expo

“Fan zijn, wat is dat juist? Misschien ben je wel een stiekeme fan en blijf je graag wat meer onder de radar? Met een slaapkamer die volhangt met posters van je idool of wie weet, zelfs een dekbedovertrek. Maar wat als je net met Jan en alleman wil delen van wie jij fan bent? Hoe toon je dat ‘fan zijn’ aan de wereld? Door een t-shirt van je favoriete band of artiest aan te trekken? Of ga je all the way en maak je zelf een Fanzine from scratch?

De Bib verzamelde Fanzines van vroeger en nu, die veel meer coveren dan het vertellen van een muzikaal verhaal. De makers ervan schrijven niet enkel óver, maar ook vóór hun gemeenschap, hun subcultuur. Deze Fanzines zijn verbluffende, visueel prikkelende documenten die getuigen van een enorme Do It Yourself-attitude.

Dat de streamingplatformen intussen de wereld hebben veroverd moeten we je niet vertellen. Dat de cassette bezig is aan een heuse opmars en terugvecht voor zijn ereplaats is wel groot en vooral verrassend nieuws! Treed naast de platgetreden Spotify-paden en (her)ontdek de fysieke ervaring van de cassette.

Echte fans herken je meteen aan hun band shirt. Trek je coolste bandshirt aan en vereeuwig jezelf op onze wall of fame!

FAN ZIJN is een onderdeel van PPPUSH-IT”

More info @ UitinVlaanderen

More info @ Pppush-it

When?

Visit on Saturdays or Sundays from May 7th – June 20th 2021

Free entrance: book to visit

Where?

Bibliotheek Sint-Niklaas
3 Hendrik Heymanplein
9100 Sint-Niklaas
Belgium

 

News & events: zine plans and crafts fairs in Autumn 2019

Lots of ziney and crafty projects happening!

NEWS

  • There are rumours of a split zine! I’m creating one together with Kirsty who makes zines like Forever Incomplete among many others. The split zine will revolve all around the theme of “love”. More news and sneak peeks soon! For now, here is an image of a very early stage of the cover illustration of my half of the zine ->
  • At the same time I’m also working on a “regular” issue of Same Heartbeats that I hope to finish early next year. It’s a bit hectic working on 2 issues at the same time but it’s also fun! For this issue, I’ll write about things like the zine fests I’ve been going to in the past months, my experiences as a freelance illustrator for feminist organisations, and my band…
  • Talking about my band… I have exciting news: Lavender Witch is in the process of recording their debut album that will be called “Awakening”! The recordings of the instruments and vocals are finished and are now being mixed and mastered by Halenoise HQ studio. We’re also working on the cover-art and the zine that will go with the CD. Stay tuned, like our guitars, for more news, and in the meantime take a look at some photos of the recording process here and glimpses of the artwork here and here.
  • The Brussels Hellhole zine (a DIY tourist guide zine about Brussels) that I’m making together with Sister Ray Zines is put on hold for a while because we both just have too many other things to do at the moment…
  • Recently published: #15 of Same Heartbeats, was released and presented at the Swindon and North West zine fests in the UK in the end of July and is now available to order by mailing me. However, we were shocked to hear that Chainsaw Bunny has officially withdrawn her support for the zine – unless more bunnies will be featured in the next issue. Fingers crossed!
  • Other releases and ECHO merch include a screenprint, lavender bags, and a mini-zine about self-care during heat waves. And very soon: new postcards!!!
  • OK, I think that was it for now…

EVENTS

Festival féministe Dure à Queer
Saturday-Sunday October 26-27th
in Namur, Belgium
Facebook event
My screenprint will be part of the exhibition at the festival, thanks to Chocs et Ennui.

Let’s LousART christmas market
Sunday November 24th
Buurtcentrum Lousberg in Ghent, Belgium
Facebook event
I’ll sell my postcards, buttons, and lavender bags at this hand-made craft market.

Marché creatif féministe
Sunday December 8th
Poisson Sans Bicyclette in Brussels, Belgium
Facebook
I’ll sell my zines, buttons, postcards, and lavender bags at this feminist craft market.

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