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Chicago!

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

Starting From San Francisco

Published February 16, 2013 by craftyweetzie

The Bay Area has been good to us. Wednesday found us all hanging out together all day; which was really the first time this tour that’s happened. We kicked off the day by sleeping in late and eating tofu scramble, them heading to the beach, where we all just relaxed and walked in the sand.

Maranda and Neelybat at the beach!

Maranda and Neelybat at the beach!

Then it was burritos for all some quality book time at City Lights, and off to Needles & Pens for our San Francisco reading. The audience was warm and welcoming and Neely even scored some sweet death moon earrings.

Osa reads from Shotgun Seamstress at Needle & Pens

Osa reads from Shotgun Seamstress at Needle & Pens

After some much needed sleep, we all spent the day in Oakland. Some of us spent the day reading by the lake, or getting manicures, or drinking coffee and folding zines. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and we all just spent the day hanging out and soaking in the vitamin D.

We ended the night at the Holdout for our last reading on the tour. We got a tour of the Holdout (a community space with a bookshop, two event spaces, and a community bike workshop and printing studio. It’s totally fucking rad, and an awesome place to spend Valentine’s day and Mend My Dress Press’ official one-year anniversary. Maranda read from Telegram, Osa read from Shotgun Seamstress, and Neely and I read from our Corin Tucker Fanzine Split. A perfect way to end our time in the Bay Area, and now we’re looking forward to LA adventures at  LA zine fest!

Maranda reading at the Holdout in Oakland

Maranda reading at the Holdout in Oakland

Portland Recap and Hello, Bay Area!

Published February 13, 2013 by craftyweetzie

Monday morning, Maranda Elizabeth and I hoped in the car and made the short trek down to Portland to meet up with Neelybat and Osa (who had both gone down the night before). We passed the exit for Aberdeen (which I promised I would bring them to the next time they were in Seattle), and enjoyed each-others company (which included an impromptu “industrial history and micro-climates in Washington state” monologue from yours truly…) as we traveled the highway lined with evergreens on the gray foggy morning.

As soon as we arrived in Portland, we stopped by Powells books, spent too much money, and then met up with Neelybat for lunch and record browsing. And then it was time for the reading!

We started setting up at Portland Button Works and pretty soon the place was packed! We all mingled for a little while, meeting friends of friends, chatting, and drinking some delicious apple cider Alex had prepared for the reading.

The reading itself was awesome. Osa, Neely and Maranda all read in “mixtape order” and kept the audience captivated through the evening.

Neely reads from Mend My Dress at Portland Button Works

Neelybat reads from Mend My Dress at Portland Button Works

Tuesday was travel day–with Osa and I sharing driving duties (tho mostly Osa drove), and everyone in the car singling along with Greenday, Hole, and Sleater-Kinney Albums. We soaked in the beauty of northern California all day, and Maranda was in awe over the mountains (it was the first time they had seen so many!), and we made it into the Bay Area in time to make some delicious pasta and salad and pass the fuck out. It’s been an exciting tour so far, and we can’t wait for the reading tonight in San Francisco!

P.S.-It’s at Needles and Pens at 7:00. See you there!

x0x0- Colleen

We’re Goin’ on Tour

Published January 9, 2013 by craftyweetzie

Hello Friends!

What are you doing in February? Over here at Mend My Dress Press, February feels like it’s just around the corner. You see, February is the official 1 year anniversary of Mend My Dress Press and to celebrate, we’re hittin’ the road with some of our represented authors in a west coast mini-tour!

Neelybat Chestnut (Mend My Dress: Collected Zines), Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress Zine Collection), Maranda Elizabeth (Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues) and I will be heading down the northwest coast, making stops along the way do zine readings and even play some music. We’ll be joined by Little Debbi from Los Angles, who will be playing music with us at some of our stops. We’re still hammering out a lot of details, but we’ll keep you updated as this plan comes together!

In the meantime, here’s where we’ll be heading, and a list of shows we’ve booked so far. Hope to see you as we trek down the coast, and if you want to help us fund the tour, please grab some rad zines or books from our online shop, since pretty much any money we bring in till march will end up help funding this trip. We’ll also be posting the promotional fliers on the site and would love your help spreading the word. Thanks!

Saturday, Feb 9th:
Zine reading/ music show in Seattle, WA.
Neelybat, Osa and Maranda will all be reading, and Neely will be playing with her band, Ire Adrift, along with Little Debbie and others.
Black Coffee Co-op, 8PM

Sunday, Feb 10th:
Zine reading/ music show in Olympia, WA
Neelybat, Osa and Maranda will all be reading. Neely will be playing with her band, Ire Adrift, along with Little Debbie and others.
The Northern, 4PM

Monday, Feb 11th:
Zine reading in Portland, OR
Neelybat, Osa and Maranda will all be reading.
Portland Button Works, 7:30 PM

Want to help us spread the word for the Portland reading? Download and post flyers!
(you may need to right-click and download files)

Wednesday, Feb 13th:
Zine reading in San Francisco, CA
Neelybat, Osa and Maranda will all be reading.
Needle & Pens,  7 PM

Want to help us spread the word for the San Francisco reading? Download and post flyers! (you may need to right-click and download files)

Thursday, Feb 14th:
Zine reading in Oakland, CA
The Holdout, 7:30 PM

Want to help us spread the word for the Oakland reading? Download and post flyers!
(you may need to right-click and download files)

Friday, Feb 15th:
Potential zine reading in Los Angeles, CA
Place/ time to be determined

Sunday, Feb 17th:
Los Angeles Zine Fest!
We’ll be hanging out all day with all the awesome folks in LA at the zine fest, and running a workshop on different aspects of anthologizing zines.

And thus our tour ends. We hope you come out and see us on one of our stops!

-Colleen

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A Zine, A Book, A Distro?

Published September 23, 2012 by craftyweetzie

It started with a zine, which turned into a book, which turned into a small publishing venture, to which we’ll soon be adding a distro. A year ago, this whole thing was just a concept, and I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty damn proud of us, and I’d like to share a bit of our story with you.

Almost two years ago Neely asked me to help her with the layout and production of turning the first few years of her zine, Mend My Dress, into a book anthology. I couldn’t have been happier, and we spent the next six months casually finding old flats, scanning (on a borrowed scanner) and starting the layouts.

We took a road trip to the 11th annual Portland Zine Symposium, and on the train back from Portland, we were discussing finally finishing up the design and going to print with the Mend My Dress Anthology, and threw up our hands and decided there were just too many good zines out there that had been around for years and they should be collected in books. And so Mend My Dress Press became a concept.

Then, on February 14th, after months of research, layout, working with printers, reviewing proofs, making logos, getting our business license, creating a little blog, and making buttons, we received the first shipment of Neely’s book.

And we were over the moon! So we delivered some to Left Bank Books, packed our bags, and went off to the windy city (where neither of us had ever been) to the Chicago Zine Fest. We had a blast, met some people, like Osa Atoe of Shotgun Seamstress, Maranda of Telegram, Amber Dearest of Culture Slut, Jonas of Cheer the Eff Up, and so many more. We bought a bunch of zines, sold some books, and we totally fell head over heels in love with the city.

When we returned to the gray northwest, we debriefed and strategized. I took a class on photography books, which led to our release of The Cartography of Farmers Wives and A Traveling Song, and we started working with Alexis Wolf on An Ilse Content Anthology.

We officially released An Ilse Content Anthology at the 12th annual Portland Zine Symposium. The Symposium was 2 days of attending quite a few workshops, swapping stories, sharing evening beer with Jonas and Julia, getting a bunch of cool new zines and stealing Nathan Wade Carter’s personal fan from the table next to us because it was hot as hell. Oh, and we picked up a few zines for our upcoming distro.

The rest of August was pretty much non-stop. Alexis did a mini tour of readings in Seattle, Olympia, Portland, and Berkeley before flying across the pond to England, and Neely joined her for a few stops as well. Then we were in layout and proofing overdrive and we’re about a week away from the release of Osa Atoe’s Shotgun Seamstress Anthology (Pre-sale on now!) and the book will officially be released Monday, September 24th, at the first stop of the POC (People of Color) Zine Project Race Riot tour.

This next month we’ll be focusing on finishing up our last release for 2012, Maranda’s Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues and sending it to print. We got the proof a few days ago, and we’re pretty excited about the whole thing. It’s over 440 pages of Maranda’s inspirational writing. Plus, it’s purple!

We’re also gearing up for Seattle’s Short Run Small Press Fest, where we’ll be showcasing all the books and some of our zines. The fest is on November 3rd, so if you’re in the Seattle area, please stop by and see us!

Along with this we have managed to work on our smaller projects, including a lyric book for Neely’s band and a split fanzine about Corin Tucker.

So, what else does the future hold for us? Well, we’ve got some cool books lined up for 2013, and as if running a small publishing house wasn’t enough fun, we’re starting a distro too! Sometime around the new years we’ll be rolling out the online distro. We’ll be spending the next few months indoors, hiding from the rain and reviewing zines, collecting inventory, rebuilding the website, and partying like it’s 1999. So please, send us some samples if you’re interested in being distributed by Mend My Dress Press.

We’re both so happy and inspired we’ve been able to meet and work with some awesomely amazing people this year, and we just can’t wait for all the new faces, projects, and places that await us.

Also, we’d like to introduce you to the newest intern over at Mend My Dress Press: Bernard Pickles. His favorite activity is shredding paper, but he also excels at being totally effing adorable!

xoxox,

Colleen

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