This happened today in London. I’m psyched someone decided to use my stencil and I hope this global day of action will have an impact. Someone asked me why I care. I’m a feminist artist supporting other feminist artists.
Since I knew I was going to be performing in Nottingham this evening, I made my contribution last night in the form of a piece at the 20×20 exhibition at Access Space. I used my stencil in kind of an unusual way – you’ll have to head over to check it out, and there are some great pieces on show (best responses to mine: “You know, I’ve just realised – Pussy Riot are totally OWNING Balaclavas right now – they’ve reclaimed them from the IRA” and “Wow! Wow! I love it! Wow! Yes!” Worst response to mine: “Well you can tell what it’s meant to be…”. Overall it’s a fab exhibition. A lot of synaesthesia. A lot of puns. I love a good pun. Access Space is awesome. It’s like a library for technology. And we know how I feel about libraries.
You can use my stencil too, if it’s not for profit and if you don’t take credit for it and let me know where you used it, so I can share your event and feel a little like I helped. Urban Outfitters can’t have it (this is the polite version of that disclaimer, UO…I’ve seen too many examples of stolen art…it is very disheartening). But you are different. You can trace or print it, cut out the white sections, and spray light on dark. It’s very low res because I did it using MS Paint while I had a cold and was a bit post fringe and too tired to find better software. Here it is:
And let’s hope they get their appeal. I’m off to Nottingham (I like Nottingham. It has a vegan burger bar, a lovely zine event put on as part of a Cultural Olympiad that I got to speak at and where I met lovely people and traded so many zines my bag was STUFFED full, and it also has my friend Steve in it, who is putting on the show and who likes dinosaurs more than I do which is difficult) but tomorrow I will post the reason my 24 hour zine thing failed abysmally this year. It’s a good reason. Don’t worry.
Tonight, the amazing Chris Bobel is reading from New Blood, her book about 3rd wave feminism and menstrual activism, at Bluestockings Books in NYC! The event details are here. If you can possibly get yourself there, I highly recommend it. I was one of the people she interviewed for the book, and she’s a funny, inspiring writer and researcher with some amazing insights.
Last November we were invited to perform at the DIY Outspoken Showcase at Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds. My short film, The FU Story was also screened, and I got to be part of a very cool panel with Josie Long, Scout Niblett and Katie Harkin. Rosie Stoker has made a short doc of the day. You can see it here! If you’d like to catch Adventures in Menstruating or Josie Long at the Fringe, we’re on the Ladyfest Edinburgh Cabaret tomorrow night from 8 - 11 at Leith Circle of Friends, Leith Walk. Josie’s on at the Pleasance Dome every night at 7, but tickets are selling out fast so grab them soon! (I have learned this from experience.)
Right – back to the fringe!
Hello! I’ve had a very cool day -had a chat about zines on BBC Radio Sheffield including my new zine about the secret lives of planets. Then packed up and got ready to head up to Edinburgh Ladyfest at the Fringe! Come check us out – Sarah and I will be each be doing stuff from our own individual shows and then concluding with the best of Adventures in Menstruating. Really looking forward to dipping a toe into Fringey waters, seeing some of our friends’ shows, and discovering new stuff! Hope to see you there!
LADYFEST AT THE FRINGE CABARET NIGHT
SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 8PM-11PM
115 Leith Walk (near the foot)
Edinburgh EH6 8NP.
Fringe Venue 186
Come and experience the pick of the Fringe with this exciting and eclectic line up of the best of the fest’s female performers!
* JEANNE D’ARK – costumed apocalyptic electropunk!
* CAROLINE KEMP – riot folk!
* SHARON (WITCHES REVENGE) – a musical smorgasbord!
*ELEANOR MORTON – comedy on the ukelele
*GUDRUN HIRT – appalachian dulcimer player and singer
*YAZ DUNCAN – singing heart felt acoustic street folk from Edinburgh’s dank alleys and dive bars!
* BARBARA SCOTT – singing Scottish songs
* CHELLA QUINT & SARAH THOMASIN – subversive poetry and comedy including Adventures in Menstruating!
*THE MULLIN PROJECT – smokey jazz classics!Tix £5 in advance from venue or on door, everyone welcome!
Pecka Kucha #6 was awesome. The talks were amazing, the responses even better! It was very cool sharing my feminine hygiene advertising insights with my adopted hometown of Sheffield, and I met some very interesting people. I’ll add another post when videos are up, but here’s a picture by the lovely Nynke Wierda:
I’m very excited to be doing a zine workshop in Leeds with Sarah later today (or tomorrow, in my head, once I’ve gone to bed and woken up again). After that we’ll be putting in a little open mic action at the Chemic for Riot Grrl. If you’re in the area, you’d be very welcome.
I’ve just stayed up far too late to watch Day of the Dead, so I may be speaking in zombie metaphors tomorrow. It’s pretty much par for the course at this time of year though. Before I get into a one-woman menstrual zombie representation debate, I’ll just say Annual Halloween party breakdown will go up Sunday, followed by a veritable opus of overdue posts.
Props to Leeds Uni Femsoc for hosting us again. We love those guys.
Five years ago, on a bit of a whim, I wrote a zine called Chart Your Cycle. Everything I’ve done since to do with Adventures in Menstruating has been a direct result of that whim. Thanks to everyone who’s supported or contributed to the zines, the blog and the show over the past five years.
This was the third printing – the first run had black and white covers, the second run had solid colour covers in bright shades, and the fourth printing had solid colour covers in pastel shades. It’s currently out of print, but if you happened to get your hands on a copy during the summer of 2005, you’re halfway through your cycle-chart right now.
Last Saturday I had an excellent time at the London Zine Symposium, and they were celebrating their own fifth birthday. It felt pretty coincidental, but all of us who read – Isy Morgenmuffel, Josie Long, Patrick Staff, Charlotte Cooper and I – seemed to be onto a retrospective theme with the stuff we chose. There was a really nice atmosphere and it was cool to see how we’d all changed over the years. The free zine I’d put together for the symposium was made up of my friends’ and fans’ recollections of what they’d been doing five years ago this week. If you’d like to contribute, get in touch.
More on the zine symposium later. Just wanted to say a quick thanks for now.
Had a month-long hiatus to sort out all the messing about with Volcano-stranding and other travel-related hold-ups, and are now back to a lifestyle that requires far fewer hyphenated words to describe it. One of the highlights of our US trip was our proximity to what I called the Slurpee Store when I was little and my dad bought me my first one. We’re back in the UK now, but I seem to have re-whetted the Quint family appetites, because my mom sent me this email today:
“I wanted to let you know I poured my first Slurpee the other day. It was an experience. I knew it was toward the back of the store, but I had to pass the coffee machines, and the soda machines before I finally found –SLURPEE! Then–which cup? So I poured, but I knew it didn’t look like the slurpees you always come out with–too flat on top. Then–the lid. Different characters were lined up–but help was on the way. The clerk came running back before I mischose, and picked out the right transparent top for me. Now he asks which straw–long or short? Well, long enough to fit into the big cup I guess. So I felt pretty good about the whole experience, until your sister came home and said, ‘You’re supposed to put the lid on first–to get that nice dome effect.’ Oh well…”
Anyone else who is hankering after a new and refreshing experience with a nice dome effect should head to London this Saturday to join Chella and a zillion (official estimate) others at The London Zine Symposium.
Edited to add that I’ll be reading from issue 5 with some other lovely people between 2 and 3 pm.
Adventures in Menstruating #5 will be available for the first time in London on the individual zine table and for trading, and Chella will also have some treats to celebrate completing Chart Your Cycle for the 24 Hour zine thing (now only held during July, sadly) five years ago this week.
If you can’t get to London but you’d like to join in with the written portion of the treat, email or facebook us with a response to the following in the next 24 hours: What were you doing five years ago this week? Would you do it again? How did you find out (memory, diary, blog, email archive, etc.)?
And if you can make it, bring a zine to trade!
Adventures in Menstruating #5: Here’s the Science Bit
7 pm Sunday April 11, 2010, FREE (donations to Bluestockings always welcome)
Join us for our fifth annual Bluestockings foray into feminine hygiene fact and fiction. In performance lecture style (with slides and everything) we will theorise, analyse, and criticise the latest trends in the feminine hygiene industry armed only with white coats, clipboards and acerbic wit.
Expect this event to be well attended by The Menstruati.
As always, this performance is for menstruators and non-menstruators of all genders.
Oh yeah – no blue liquid – we promise. (What the heck IS that stuff, anyway?)
We’ve been invited to perform in Edinburgh a part of Femstruation week, and it starts tomorrow! A reading at Forest Cafe on the 13th and our full show – Here’s The Science Bit at The Big Red Door on Valentine’s Day.
We had a great time performing in Sheffield the other week and the Sheffield Fems have put up some photos of our tampon crafts.
The zines are now also back in stock at their usual UK distro, Marching Stars, and are finally back in stock at Microcosm and also at Sweet Candy Distro in Georgia, USA. Sweet Candy is run by my good friend Sage, who put on our very firt ever show back in Philly in 2005.