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Published March 17, 2013 by craftyweetzie

Last Thursday I was picked up at the airport by Jonathan, my guide to Chicago, and dropped off my stuff at my new home for the week. I would be staying in a warehouse–large windows, little bedrooms created out of old doors, 2x4s and plastic sheeting. A room full of recording equipment. Through the wonders of Facebook, I had gotten in touch with a friend that was on tour with her band, Bellow, and they just happened to be playing a short walk from home. The house was small, and smokey, and Bellow was amazing. Of course we met up with Osa of Shotgun Seamstress. Just my good luck! We bonded over our sadness than Colleen could not make it out with me. After the show Jonathan and I stayed up till dawn, talking, staring stories of the four months since we had last seen each other.

Friday was a long afternoon walk  through the Ukrainian Villiage. Taking pictures of churches and saints, eating Varenyky and candy sold by the pound. Drinking pear soda. Had lunch with another friend, Jail, who makes amazing creepy music. She was leaving for tour the next day and showed me the best place to get cheap copies. We walked to Quimby’s and was so excited to see two Mend My Dress Press books in the window display! Thank you!The Youth Reading and the Exhibitor Reading at the Boring Store was wonderful. I read from my brand new zine. I was nervous, but happy. All of the readings where really amazing and inspiring.

Neelybat and Maranda Elizabeth

Neelybat and Maranda Elizabeth

Saturday morning was a chore: the train line broken, I arrived late to the zine fest, set up my table quickly and settled in. I spent the whole day excited and happy. I met so many friends, both new and old (I will not bother name checking everyone, heaven forbid I forget someone, but you know who you are). I did lots of zine trades, sold bunches of books and found some new stuff for the distro. It was a very productive day on all counts.  Thank you so much Chicago Zine Fest!

The rest of my time in Chicago has been become a bit of a blur. What night did I stay up at an after-after party dancing, waiting in the pouring rain, falling into bed at six a.m.? What morning was spent cursing the very real rain (so so unlike the northwest mist), hailing to meet friends at Quimby’s?  How many hours where spent eating and talking at the falafel place? How many hugs and promises to write. How many zines did we dream up? When did we eat ice cream sundaes at midnight? Whatever, all you need to know is that my week was magical and that CZF is already on my calender for next year.

xoxo, Neelybat

Super Secret Project Announcement: Shotgun Seamstress Anthology

Published September 3, 2012 by craftyweetzie

We are so super excited to announce another book we’ve been working on for the last month! Shotgun Seamstress, a zine for & by Black punk rockers, is being made into an anthology. Shotgun Seamstress Zine Collection will include all six issues of Osa Atoe’s zine, which includes a ton of interviews, reviews, and so much more!

Layla Gibbons of Maximum Rocknroll has this to say about Shotgun Seamstress, and we couldn’t agree more.

Punk rock is a rule book. Punk rock means no rules. Punk rock is a dogma, punk rock is freedom… So many value systems working against each other, creating small pockets of possibility.  Making our own culture in the face of war, unearthing artifacts lost to time, smoothed over by a less complicated version of history that wipes out the girls, the people of color, the queers that have always been architects of punk rock. Because punk is more than three chords, it’s a DIY network of those who have chosen to resist, those who have no choice but to make their own path.

Shotgun Seamstress exists for those that realize that punk rock is an idea and a possibility that must be forced open in order to fit everybody that needs it inside. Shotgun Seamstress is for those that understand the necessity of making a refracted reality available to the kids, especially in an era where it seems possible to unearth everything, where there lies no mystery, a barrage of images and icons displayed on computer screens for five seconds until the next thing appears…This is something to hold onto and reread over and over. A six zine blast that manages to blow apart the apathy and restore faith in the idea of punk rock as a strategy for resistance! Creating a separate currency for those that are not interested in replicating boring ideals in underground existences, Shotgun Seamstress is like the best mix tape anyone has ever made, where radical politics are never sidelined for an easier ride, where good times are never in doubt and where subsumed experiences are revealed as real… The Gories and Void, Nasty Facts and X-Ray Spex, Brontez, Vaginal Davis, punk rock.  It’s an endless adventure and this is another way in.

Shotgun Seamstress Zine Anthology will be available to order later this month, and will make its debut at the POC Zine Project tour, where you can thank Osa herself for creating this amazing body of work. Check out the tour dates below, and make sure to get your butt to one of the tour stops.

9.24 New York, NY
9.25 Philadelphia, PA
9.26 Pittsburgh, PA
9.27 Athens, OH
9.28 Detroit, MI
9.29 Ann Arbor, MI
9.30 Chicago, IL
10.01 Champaign, IL
10.02 Bloomington, IN
10.03 Columbus, OH
10.04 Pittsburgh, PA
10.05 Washington, DC
10.06 Baltimore, MD
10.07 New York, NY

Who’s afraid of Alexis Wolf?

Published June 22, 2012 by craftyweetzie

If you haven’t heard of Alexis Wolf, keep reading, ’cause you’re about to get schooled.

Alexis, a writer originally from Seattle, WA, has been spreading quiet contemplation to those who read her works since the inception of Ilse Content, her literary and perzine, in 2004. Razorcake Magazine wrote “Alexis has an uncanny ability to write about things like nature, relationships, family, and even spirituality, without coming across as sentimental or wholesome… It’s thoughtful, aware, and respectful of the reader… it allows for sadness and strives for small redemption.”

And if you’re the type of person who is skeptical of everything and needs to make your own decision, well, go right ahead and drink in some of Alexis’ poetry.

Grandma Ilse
(first appeared in Ilse Content #9)

Well for a while there I was
Seeing your face like some kind of screen over mine
And your hands were of course very familiar, too
Just like I was frequently twisting your hair around my pinky
For a moment there I wasn’t even just dreaming
But smelling your skin because you were holding me tightly
Wrapped in your arms in an afghan on a brown lazy boy chair
Sometimes you come around though you never can stay
This year autumn was strong in our grip
My fingers wound around yours to keep me
Any direction that I walked was closer to you
Transcending interment after all that silly time and space
I simply buried my pleasure deep in your apron pockets
And you put your story of regret back into my mouth
It was hopeful because at least you moved forward or tried
Meatloaf, marble cake, mish mash
I remembered to eat your favorite foods then
And I kept you consistently on the tip of my tongue
But all good things come to an end or something like that
I didn’t even notice you had left here again
Until I looked in the mirror one afternoon and realized
That you had been gone for quite some time

So, what’s the point of going on and on about how amazing Alexis and her writing is? Well, over here at Mend My Dress Press we’re working late nights and weekends in order to bring you An Ilse Content Anthology by the beginning of August. Many selections from issues 1-10 will be included, and we’ll be launching the book at the Portland Zine Symposium on August 10-11th.

So mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to soak in some zine anthology awesomesauce.

The Accidental Titles

Published May 30, 2012 by craftyweetzie

I’ve been taking a class on photo books for the last three months, and while I have been working on a hand-bound hardcover accordion book (more on that later) I became inspired and made two small paperback photo books.

The first title, The Cartography of Farmers’ Wives: Photography from 1915-1976, is a short paper-back book with sampling of photography from my great-grandmother and my grandmother. Many of the photographs are landscapes from eastern Washington, although there are a few portraits as well in this contemplative story of one families relationship with the land. I look at this book as a small meditation on a much larger project that I think will probably take me the next 2-3 years to complete. Now that I know I can complete a small project with some of the information and items I have in this collection of family history that has been handed to me, I feel ready to embark on the larger journey.

The second book, A Traveling Song is a small paper-back of Hipstamiatic images I took on my phone on the road-trip my wife and I took when we moved across the country from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, Washington, in 2009. We pretty much drove straight through, and most of the images were taken from the car window while passing through middle America.



Reading at Left Bank Books in Seattle

Published February 24, 2012 by craftyweetzie

Neely will be reading from her newly released zine anthology, Mend My Dress: Collected Zines, 2005-2007, on Monday, March 12, at Left Bank Books in Seattle, WA. She will be joining Cindy Crabb, who will be reading from Doris 29 and her new anthology, The Enyclopedia of Doris, and Peregrine Summerville, who will be reading from Entropy.

Please join us for this night of readings from per-zines celebrating survival, feminism, and anarchism. The reading starts at 7:30 pm.

xo –Colleen

Chicago Zine Fest, Here We Come!

Published February 20, 2012 by craftyweetzie

Well, Neely and I are packing our bags and heading out to Chicago for Chicago Zine Fest! We’re looking forward to seeing other zinesters and publishers, and catching up with some good friends in the windy city. But most of all, we’re looking to finally officially releasing our first book, Neely’s anthology Mend My Dress: Collected Zines, 2005-2007. It’s been a long road, and we’ve learned quite a bit about starting a company and the ins and outs of publishing, but goddamnit, we’ve come a long way, and now we’ve got the pages to prove it. So, if you’re in the chicago area, come check us out at Chicago Zine Fest on March 11th!

xo –Colleen