I’m sure most of you are already aware of this, but 19 feminists and I have been working our little butts off since the start of August on a new women’s magazine. We’re aiming for our first issue to be released in January. It’ll be available for worldwide ordering online, and in select independent book/journal/art stores. We’re trying to raise £6,000 and are currently at just under £2,000, with 5 weeks remaining.
I’m not asking everyone who sees this to donate, I’m just asking for people to reblog this, to share the Kickstarter with their friends and family, to follow the blog and keep updated, and to generally try and support the team. We’re determined to make this into something huge. Eventually we want to find a distributor and have this magazine sold in mainstream stores and supermarkets.
Why does this magazine deserve your support?
Well, think about your average women’s magazine. Think about the cover, the content, the articles, the photos. Women are consistently sexualised, objectified, degraded, and made to feel unworthy thanks to mainstream magazines. Their cover images are sexualised, their articles are derogatory and weight-obsessed, and their fashion editorials are so photoshopped that even the real life models no longer look like that. Fashion editorials frequently feature images of women who are dead, sexually abused, physically abused, decapitated, intimidated. Magazines evoke unneeded competition between women. And it isn’t just about body image, the models used, or size zero clothing. It’s about the stories and article written, the way celebrities are scrutinized, and what questions female actors and musicians are asked in their interviews.
Our magazine, Parallel, intends to be the complete opposite of that. We intend to be liberating, empowering, inclusive, and intersectional. We will represent everyone, no matter your race, size, age, religion, or sexuality. The magazine will talk about community, activism, politics, and feminism in the real world. We will talk to inspirational women, and feature societies and networks who are making a difference.
So please help us out, whether that means donating us a dollar, a pound, a cent, or a penny. Reblog this post and share our Kickstarter with as many people as you can. Follow the magazine on Twitter and retweet us. Like us on Facebook (our 500th ‘like’ on Facebook will receive a free copy of the first issue). Pass the message around.
This isn’t a zine. This isn’t a small DIY publication. We are going to infiltrate the mainstream magazine industry, and we are gonna kick the asses of every misogynistic “women’s” magazine out there.
We are Parallel Magazine, and we are unashamedly feminist.
The Clandestine Collective Logo by: Eleanor Haswell
Clandestine describes something kept secret, but that is the exact opposite of the goal of the Northern England-based Clandestine Collective, a female identified art collective that formed earlier this year. I had the chance to talk with the Pulp Zine’s own Georgia Grace Gibson, who is one of the Clandestine Collective’s founders, about starting the collective, working with other young artists, and what it is like to be an artist in a place without an art scene.
I'm from the North East, but I'm moving down south for uni in September - would I still qualify for this collective, or would you rather have members that are constantly in the north east?
Honestly we’re looking for people who have access to the north east primarily. We don’t need people who are constantly in the north east, the majority of our members aren’t, but we need people who do have access to the north east (via train, car, whatever). You should still apply! South is pushing it a bit, but we’re not 100% ruling it out, and I do like that you’re actually from the north east. There’s no harm done by sending some stuff over for us to have a look!
I’ve recently joined Clandestine Collective, a new north east based and female identified art collective which includes various types of individual and creative artwork, you can follow here: http://clandestinecollective.tumblr.com Twitter: @clandestinecoll Instagram: clandestinecollective 🍑🌸 my art blog is running also; www.meghangraydon.tumblr.com🌸🍑
Shots from parts of artists work at our first ever exhibition at Empty Shop in durham, 16-17th of May
Happy to announce I’m working within a new project named ‘Clandestine Collective’! The collective is aiming to create safe space for young female identified artists of all forms and subjects to explore similar artists ideas and exhibit their work within the north of england (a place with a very small young art scene, with nothing like this previously existing). We’ve already managed one exhibition and are currently looking into more. I’m really excited to be working on this, and the chances are if you like my work you’ll most likely like the work of the artists involved alongside me! The tumblr is clandestinecollective.tumblr.com and I’d really appreciate it if any of you gals followed it and checked out the work we have on there so far; we’re also looking into expanding the group at the moment, and so to apply to be part of the collective you can email your work and a small description of yourself and work to firstname.lastname@example.org! If you know any great young northern artists let them know/or simply reblog this post so we can discover some new talent to exhibition with. Exciting stuff!
So so so excited to be a part of our new upcoming collective for North East based art. Here’s the logo design designed by myself and a link to the Clandestine Collective itself!
Additional exhibition photographs from our spring exhibition, ‘And So, The Flowers Bloomed’.