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Zine | Femmes to the Front


My friend Jaine and I made this little 8-page pink feminist themed zine recently and took a handful of copies along to a local gig called SPACE JAM to sell and raise funds for FURY - a local organisation that helps to facilitate and encourage women playing in bands in Tasmania.

Jaine and I are in the process of starting a little band together. A few months ago we paid a visit to the FURY jam space and Jaine picked up a bass for the first time. I was a bit later getting there and by the time I arrived she was already playing along with the other ladies. We've been meaning to revisit for another jam then we might look into finding ourselves other femmes to play with. 

The zine includes lots of little drawings, some of our favourite feminist quotes, a list of 'Things That Don't Make You A Bad Feminist', a feminist vocabulary glossary and a recipe for 'Slut Brownies' amongst other bits and pieces. 

It is printed on pink paper and each cover has a hand drawn pink pattern. If you'd like a copy, they're AU$3 and you can get one here. All of the proceeds go to FURY.

Here are some of the envelopes I sent off the first batch of zine orders in. I hand lettered them in gouache, Posca paint pen and gel pen all over the past three days while watching Orange Is The New Black and Making A Murderer on Netflix. My eyes may never be the same.

Stardust helped/hindered.

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Mail | Sent


Here are a few pictures of some mail I've sent out recently. I don't get a chance to send out much mail for fun these days. The image above was a commissioned piece for a little girl's room that I finished up a couple of weeks ago. Would you like to know how long the illustration took to paint? I'm going to estimate 20 hours, but I really think it could have been longer. My eyes will never be the same! 

I decided that it was time to send my friend Pip a little parcel of goodies. She lives on a tiny island at the bottom of New Zealand and I sent her some chocolate, my favourite tea, a bracelet, a tea towel, some Body Shop moisturiser and a little letter.

My friend Mary is doing a fun puzzle piece art project at the moment which she asked me to be involved in. She sent me a large blank puzzle piece and I decorated it and sent it back. Unfortunately I lost the SD card for my camera for a short while, so these photos were all taken with my iPhone (which I desperately need to upgrade). 

I really love sending mail. I started my blog waaaaaay back in 2009 to document my life at the time, which mostly revolved around sending out a huge amount of mail. It is something I always enjoy revisiting.

Printable | Mandala Mail

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One of my zine idols, Vanessa Berry, asked me if I'd like to do a supermarket themed zine swap and I decorated this envelope to send my zine in. I am still going to sell a few copies of the zine but have decided to add a bit more to it and should have it finished by the end of the week. Stay tuned.

I thought I'd make a printable envelope based on the one above, so here it is.
Feel free to download it and print it and post it!

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I recommend printing it onto thin card stock, using a bone folder to make nice clean creases in the card stock and fastening the side tabs together with double sided tape or strong glue.

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You can access other free printable things I've made here.