Tuesday, 6 September 2011

submissions for shape&situate zine #3 are now open

EDIT **** (30/1/12) For those who are still interested: Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational Women zine #3 is still accepting posters. I haven't got enough to fill a full zine at the moment, so please, if you were thinking about it but were put off by the deadline, do send me a message & we'll work something out - I'd love to see your posters, even if it takes a little longer :) xox *****

Shape & Situate: Posters of Inspirational European Women zine #3


Shape & Situate is a zine of posters made by artists and DIY creative folk within Europe, each poster highlighting the (often hidden) history and lives of radical inspirational women and collectives from Europe, as a way of connecting us with the past, the present, and to help us to make sure that there will be a future which contains such creative and pioneering female action and activity. The zine aims to activate feminist cultural memory, to inspire in the present and to visually bring women’s social and political history to life.

Are you from Europe? Would you like to be part of Shape & Situate zine #3 by making a poster on an inspirational European woman?
The deadline for contributions to issue 3 is the very end of January 2012 (I hope that gives you plenty of time).

What I'm looking for:

- A black & white poster (to be emailed as a Jpeg, or posted to me so that I can scan the original if that's easier for you)

- The poster will be reproduced in the zine at A5 size (in case that affects how you'd like to present your work?)

- The poster will tell the history of or share information on a radical or inspirational *European* woman (or women's collective) in poster-form. I'm looking at European women as a focus with this zine, as very often a lot of projects similar to this one have been so American-heavy and I feel it really omits a lot of amazing European women from being discussed (this is not to say that women outside of Europe are not inspirational, obviously).

- By 'woman' I mean female-identified.

- Where possible, the poster will take as its subject somebody/a collective who isn't already readily documented within our history. I would love for the zine to raise awareness of amazing women (living or deceased) who have largely gone under the radar, or who are within our own communities.

- All the information you want to share about your subject must fit within the confines of your poster so that each page stands alone.

If you’re interested, drop me a line with your idea(s) of who you’d like to make a poster about, so that I can check that there’s no duplications with other peoples ideas and suggestions.

Previous issues have featured posters on/about:
Paula Rego, Olivia Plender, Diane Leather, Louise Bourgeois, Marie Curie, Maya Evans, Boudica, Claude Cahun, Rote Zora, Grace Roe, Pat VT West, Helen Chadwick, The Red Wheelies, Claudia Jones, Liz Naylor, Dolly Wilde, Anais Nin, Anne Boleyn, Dolle Mina, The Anonymous Authors of the Fat Dykes Statement, Jo Spence, Anne Lister, Selina di Girolamo, Ari Up, Poly Styrene, Durbahn/Bildwechsel, Joana Vasconcelos, Angela Carter, Monica Sjoo, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Bunnies On Strike, Louise Michel, Granuaile, Susan Golombok, Nana Mouskouri, Claire Fontaine, The Women of Bletchley Park, Jayaben Desai, Liz Ely, Olave Baden Powel, BJ, Breyer P Orridge, Sophie Blanchard, Stella Vine, Sheila Rowbotham, Florence Nightingale.

I’m looking forward to putting together another great issue, and I hope that this is something you'll be interested in being a part of. Let me know if so - I'd love to hear your ideas!
Please feel free to cut&paste and share this info with anybody else from Europe who you think may be interested too.

Many thanks,
Melanie xox

(m_k_maddison at hotmail.com)

Any questions? Just ask.

p.s. I'd love for Shape & Situate to feature posters of as many different sorts of women as possible, so while I'm keen to receive posters of well-known or 'famed' inspirational women, I'm just as, if not more keen to feature posters of women who are lesser or un- known; women who have been largely hidden within our history, or written out of it entirely (until now!) Perhaps this is somebody in your community, an acquaintance, somebody inspiring you have become aware of? I'm open to many ideas! xox


p.s. If you’re interested in checking out the first two issues of Shape & Situate, a list of stockists of issue 1 can be found here:
& stockists of issue 2 can be found here:

If you know of anywhere that may be interested in stocking/distroing issue 2 of the zine, please let me know!


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