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.