29 November 2009

Making stuff


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El Mufferty models some badges made out of sequins, foil sweet wrappers and a torn copy of a Tale of Two Cities. I need to draw his eyes back on, he went through the washing machine by accident a while ago, that's what happens when you're an elderly toy elephantosaurus.

I went to Vicky's after to work, to play with her new badge machine (a proper heavy-duty one). Making badges is seriously addictive. We ate spinach pizza, and ended up watching the news three times by accident (nothing better on)

22 November 2009

Zine Superpack! 9 zines for $14 USD



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I've just done a big back-issue printup, so I'm offering these zine superpacks. 9 zines for $14 USD (+ $1.60 postage in the UK / $4.50 worldwide)

You get:
Fanzine Ynyftyn 4-9- 24 or 36 page quarter A4 zine with stories, articles about whatever takes my fancy, vegetarian recipes, top 5 lists and photographs

Fazine Ynfytyn 8.5- 24 page 1/6 A4 zine produced for the 2009 24hr zine challenge in July

Egeszsegedre- 24 page quarter sized zine about the time I spent living in Budapest

Imaginary Uncles- 12 page 1/6 A4 mini zine with 100 word stories about imaginary uncles and illustrations

Of course all the issues are also available individually

Order a superpack here.

So'ton Zine & Craft Fair



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Yesterday I went to the Southampton Zine & Craft Fair. It's a 2 day event, and I was supposed to be there for two days, but I came home last night in the end. The event was very small anyway, and the weather in Southampton was atrocious with torrential rainstorms and gale force winds, so there weren't many people there. I felt pretty awful from being under the weather anyway, and staying up too late the night before cutting zines and baking panda cakes with Vicky, so the thought of sleeping on the organiser's floor after battling through rain didn't appeal at all.

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L-R Ellie, Ed, Steve. Here's our stall with the Brighton Zinefest stuff. Steve lives in So'ton, the rest of us came in Ed's car, me, Ed, Ellie, Ed's friend Elliott and Vicky. Vicky was the only one without a name beginning with E. I didn't get a photo of her stall for some reason. Isy from Morgenmuffel was originally going to come with us, but she decided to just come for one day and get the train, so we took her box up in the car for her instead.

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Here's the place it was in. Upstairs at a vegetarian arts cafe. The cafe was really nice, although their leek and potato soup was a bit odd (and expensive). I got the feeling walking round So'ton town centre trying to find a chemist so I could get some more Feminax, that there wasn't much to interest me in the town, it seems to be designed for cars rather than people. I guess Brighton has spoilt me.

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Steve Larder had probably come the furthest of all (from Nottingham)

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Tukru and Carl.

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Madame T copying Steve L's typical photo pose.

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I got this pretty brooch made of recycled broken jewellery from one of the stallholders.

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And this great fancy £2 coin celebrating DNA (it's worth about $4 USD/ €3)

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And the inscription! I also got one celebrating Isumbard Kingdom Brunel, but I forgot to take a picture of it before using it.

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There was a vintage shop next door. Tukru found these ace glasses frames, I took the photo to show her what they looked like on, because of course she couldn't see in the mirror without her glasses. I got Velvet Underground and My Bloody Valentine badges, and she got a Paul Calf one for Carl, because he looks a bit like Paul Calf with his natural blonde hair.

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The rather great mask display in the shop. It was a bit odd, doubling as both a vintage clothes shop and a costume shop. All the vintage dresses seemed reasonable prices, until you realised that was the weekend hire price, and really they all cost £50, which seemed a bit much.

After the event, we all went to the pub and debated the merits of the Times' top 100 albums of the decade (too much Coldplay). Then me, Vicky, Tukru and Carl went for a pizza before the train, getting drenched on the way. I had a great mushroom, garlic and smoked mozzarella pizza. T&C got the London train, and me & V met Isy and caught the Brighton train.

The train took 2 hours, stopping at every single possible stop (West Worthing, Worthing and East Worthing anyone? Worthing is a small town) and Isy managed to sleep through the horrendously drunk middle aged rugby fans who got on the train for about 20 mins and started stripping to try to get our attention. When we pretended to be reading intently/genuinely sleeping they got really disappointed and asked us if we were going to a goth convention (none of us were wearing black).

14 November 2009

New zine issue


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Fanzine Ynfytyn 9
A 24 page B&W zine measuring 15cm x 11cm / 6" x 4", filled with assorted interesting rubbish

Featuring:
That time I didn't dance with Kathleen Hanna
Thinking about charity shops- things I always look for, special things I'm currently looking for, things I would like complete sets of
Tribute to those 2p machines on piers
Review of my childhood ambitions- how far have I got with them?

Order one via Etsy

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12 November 2009

Separado



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I really want to see this . (check out the Grauniad article) Gruff Rhys goes on a psychedelic road trip in Argentina to look for his uncle, a 70s welsh-language argentinian pop star. It combines two of my favourite things, the Super Furry Animals and films about Argentina.

Lady into fox


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I'm off work with a stomach bug today, I've been under the weather all this week. This morning I read Lady into Fox by David Garnett. He's one of the Bloomsbury set who isn't really famous (apart from the indignity of having a less popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on one of his books). The book was brilliant, about a bourgeois 1880s country couple and their life after the wife suddenly turns into a fox.

Right now I'm doing lots of laundry, writing about Roman emperors, and working out what bland food I can have for lunch.

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