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Subscribing means you’ll receive notifications of new blog posts by email, almost like a newsletter. You’ll be the first to hear about all the announcements of new zines and zine events, recommended reading lists, (feminist) zine scene reports, playlists, DIY resources, and more. And of course you can unsubscribe at any time. Also, very useful if you’re not on Facebook or Instagram or if you want to minimise you social media use. Emails are almost as good as handwritten letters! ūüôā

Echo news overview: what have I been up to (June 2021)

I haven’t done one of these updates in a while but now there are a bunch of things I’d like to share. So this is a list of news and announcements about projects I’ve been involved in lately, going from zine readings, exhibitions, and virtual zine fests to illustrations, podcasts, and music.

Even though the pandemic and semi-lockdown are still going on, I’m lucky to find a lot of options to remain creative and do stuff from home. It’s what gets me through these days and puts a smile on my face (same in non-lockdown times actually – seems like my life hasn’t changed that much). Please stay safe & enjoy reading my Echo “newsletter”:

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News & updates: zines, libraries, workshops, band, and my zinester anniversary

It’s been a long while since I’ve had any news to share here beyond the zines I’ve been making during the lockdown in the past few months. But now the end of the summer is approaching, there is some exciting stuff happening and not just online!

These announcements include a zine workshop I’ll be doing in October, zine library donations, news from my band Lavender Witch, and… an upcoming zinester anniversary!!

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News & events (March-May 2019)

Some news and updates from my zine life: ūüôā

NEWS

In the past few months I made a bunch of new zines:

  • Guitarrr #2: mini-zine for learning to play guitar and bass
  • Same Heartbeats #14: DIY feminist zine about manspreading, going to zine events (in the UK and Belgium), Lavender Witch, Yngwie Malmsteen, nostalgia, etc + interview with 2 creative DIY queer-feminist activist friends
  • YngWHO?: fanzine/perzine about the 80s, fandom, fame, gender, and Yngwie Malmsteen

Recently I was asked to contribute a illustration to the book The Feminist Revolution by D-M Withers and Bonnie J. Morris. It arrived in my mailbox not so long ago. Here you can see the cover and my illustration:

 

More illustration news soon!

EVENTS

R√®gles d’A3 – opening exhibition
Friday March 8th
at Arsène café, in Namur
Group exhibition for International Women’s Day: 19 artists will show their work on women’s rights, on A3 format, to support the non-profit organisation BruZelle. The exhibition opens on March 8th and runs till April 6th and is organised by the DIY collective Chocs et Ennui. There will be a concert by Unluckid too.
Facebook event
Website of Chocs et Ennnui

Ladyfest Brussels
Friday-Sunday March 15-17th
at Brass, in Brussels
Ladyfest is a feminist DIY festival that is organised world-wide since 2000. I’m happy to see there is another edition in Brussels with a full program! Some zine friends and I will do a table with our zines. Come by and swap zines with us!
Facebook event

Alternatieve Boekenbeurs – zine table
Saturday March 23rd
‘t Landhuis, in Ghent
Yearly anarchist bookfair with plenty of alternative and activist book publishers, zine makers, and organisations. There is an interesting program of workshops and talks too and in the evening there is a concert and party. Attention: the location has moved to ‘t Landhuis: Warmoezeniersweg 19!
FEL and¬†some of our¬†feminist zinester-friends will share a table to present our zines, books, buttons, and stickers. Come and say hi and plan the revolution with us! ūüôā
Facebook event
Website

Ladyfest Maastricht – panel about alternative feminist media
Saturday-Sunday May 4-5th
in Maastricht (Netherlands)
Ladyfest is a feminist DIY festival that is organised world-wide since 2000. This is the 3rd edition¬†that takes place in Maastricht.¬†With a full program of workshops, bands, and more you won’t be bored!
I will participate in the panel on alternative feminist media (from zines to blogs and podcasts). Not sure yet on which day the panel will take place but I’ll post it here as soon as I know.
Facebook
Website

Swansea Zine Fest – zine table
Saturday May 11th
Swansea, UK
Zine fest in the seaside town Swansea in Wales. I will table with my zines. Exciting!
Facebook event
Website

 

See you at one of these events!

 

News and upcoming events – Fall/Winter 2018

So what’s up in ECHO world?

NEWS:

  • If you follow this blog, you’ll already know that I recently participated in Inktober (a challenge to encourage drawing with ink every day in October). This month – November – is there is more creative fun with Zine Writing Month (ZineWriMo). I’m working on lots of zines at the same time: a mini-zine about where to find inspiration, a mini-zine about playing guitar, a fanzine, and the next issue of Same Heartbeats. Phew! Follow my progress here.
  • The most recent zine I published is A Space of Our Own, a mini-zine about all the reasons why I love autonomous spaces. Check out my zine catalogue for a list of all my zines.
  • If you’re looking for New Year’s cards (or postcards for other occasions/celebrations), I recently printed 3 new postcards designs. You can order them by mailing me at flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk.
  • Last month I did two zine workshops, at RoSa in Brussels and at Le Garach in Namur, that you can read all about on this blog. I was happy to have been invited for these events and it was a lot of fun to share the zine love!
  • Some other recent blog posts include a list of zine libraries in Belgium, photos of my trip to the UK in September, a list of illustrations/articles I contributed to zines/books/etc, and mini-reviews of zines I recently read.

EVENTS:

L-festival
November 23rd РRock Classic, Brussels
Concert of Lavender Witch together with Dragon’s Daughters as part of L-festival (co-organised by Pullet Rocks and Soir√©es Cerises) where we’ll also sell all of our zines, soaps, and buttons.
Facebook event

Barriversary
November 25th – ACU, Utrecht (Netherlands)
To celebrate¬†the second anniversary of the book caf√© Barricade, there will be a workshop, film, food, … and a panel discussion on radical books, with The Black Archives, Atalanta, and ECHO, co-organised by Bloed Aan De Muur.
Facebook event

Feminist Winter Market
December 4th – Amazone, Brussels
Feminist craft market to find DIY gifts for friends and family! I’ll bring my zines and postcards.
Facebook event

News & zine events (Summer)

So many announcements: zine plans, new zines, reviews, and two upcoming zine events!

 

Working on Same Heartbeats #13

News!

  • International Zine Month is¬†over but you can still read all about it on my blog. Check my posts here.
  • My newest zine Same Heartbeats #13 is finished!¬†(See photo on the right of “the making of”). Find out¬†more on this blog very very¬†soon! Recently I made some mini-zines too and you can order them separately as well as in a set!
  • I have a new zine plan to announce and it is a collaborative one:¬†J and I¬†will be making a self-care cookzine with easy and fast recipes for bad or low-energy days when you just want to put a frozen pizza in the oven. So we’re looking for easy and healthier alternatives for dinner, snacks… Any suggestions and ideas¬†are of course welcome! ūüôā
  • Sister Ray Zines has offered her help in making the Brussels DIY tourist zine which I am very happy about! I have to admit I was a bit stuck because it seems like such an overwhelming project. Also, Sister Ray’s zines are¬†super cool, and creative collaborations are always fun, so it’s a total win! More and more amazing projects and places keep popping up in Brussels so it’s about time this zine gets made!
  • And last but not least! Korbi Falardeau reviewed 3 of my zines, From Spice Girls to Riot Grrrls, Dirty Lesbian, and Space Invasion on YouTube. Isn’t this cool?!¬†Watch it here and also check out all reviews of my zines.

 

Zine events!

  • Photo taken at Mothers & Daughters

    Zine workshop + zine table at Ieperfest
    Sunday August 12th in Ieper, Belgium
    During the hardcore punk festival Ieperfest we are making zines focusing on the relation between punk/music and sexism/feminism (though you can make zines about any subject you like), while eating yummy vegan food.
    Plenty of feminist zines and perzines available on the FEL stand.
    Website: Ieperfest

  • Queerkoorts – queer fair
    Saturday August 18th at Minus One in Ghent
    Again tableing with FEL and our zines at this LGBTQIA fair.
    Facebook event: Queerkoorts
  • Leeds Zine Fair
    Saturday September 14th in Leeds, UK
    Tableing at Leeds Zine Fair, woohoo!!! ūüôā
    Website: Leeds Zine Fair
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    News: cool things coming up

    ECHO NEWS

    • I’m working on the zine¬†Same Heartbeats #12 but it will still take a few months before it’s finished. For this issue I’m writing about gender identity, queer / femininity¬†norms, Ladyfest Maastricht,¬†and much more.
    • I have some new zines for sale at Housmans radical bookshop in London. Right now they have Same Heartbeats #8, 9, and 11, and From Spice Girls to Riot Grrrls. Go check out their awesome book and zine collection!
    • I’m contributing an article for the next¬†issue of the anarchist magazine¬†De As on feminism, but more on that soon.
    • Also, more music and craft news will be revealed soooon!

    EVENTS

    It seems like we have an exciting autumn ahead full of feminist events in Belgium (and nearby)! Let’s start with September:

    A bit further ahead, on Saturday November 25th: On The Rag IV feminist festival in Liege:

    Hope to see you at one of these events!

    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, please comment under this post or anywhere on this blog, and I’ll get back to you.

    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!

    News & updates – August-September 2016

    Some end of the summer activities and zine news:

    • img_9842webwOn August 13th, I was¬†tableing with my zines and with my friends of the feminist collective FEL at Ieperfest. This is a hardcore festival in Ieper that has been going for decades. Hc-punk music, yummy vegan food, anarchist/feminist books¬†for sale, interesting talks and films,¬†and a zine library, I was a happy bunny! FEL also did a talk about the future of feminism.
    • My zines are now distributed by the band Respect My Fist (on the tour they did this summer through Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium), Artificial Womb distro, Heavy Mental distro, Active Distribution,¬†and at various zine events in the UK. They’re for sale in some other places too.
    • Same Heartbeats #10 is finished and printed, as well as my new 24 hour zine In Movement! More info soon!
    • And¬†yes, I still plan on releasing that Lost Luna demo this year too.
    • The home office of ECHO will move in the end of¬†September, so¬†ask for my new address before you send any snail mail.

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