QCWDD #3 – Guest Artist: Paula Plater-Galloway

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The third Queen City Walking Distance Distro’s (optional) theme is Women Adventuring Surrealism. Submission deadline is Monday, March 9, 2015.

The theme was chosen by guest artist Paula Plater-Galloway who is one of the founders of the original walking-distance distro in the St. Henri neighborhood of Montreal. Paula will be contributing her own zine GoodGoodBonBon#8, which is her retelling of a solo adventure to see Au Pays Des Merveilles, an exhibit of Surrealist women artists from Mexico and the US. She hopes that us QCWDD folks can take “inspiration from the theme in any way they want, I feel it to be good&potent in that way.”

About Paula: Paula was born&raised in Montreal and is currently based on the “South Coast” at Lake Erie. She does 8 things continuously: paint, draw, write, storytell, carve, design, sing, and sew. Most of those have fit into zine formats, and for over 16 years (and over 115 zines made) she has cut&pasted, copied&distroed forth into the world. Currently her two creative home bases are her zine distro Fun is Free Press, and her storytelling podcast and audio poem works (link). The zine she has included for this QCWDD is called “GoodGoodBonBon” and it is her quarterly “all-in” creative inspirations zine that she mails out all over North America.

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QCWDD No. 2 has been delivered!

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The second round of the Queen City Walking Distance Distro was delivered throughout the month of September! There were 40 homes on the delivery route and each package included a multiple from nine different artists (if you’re new to the QC WDD thing, read more about how it works right here). Thanks to all of the artists for their amazing contributions!!

Queen City Walking Distance Distro No. 2 – August/September 2014

  • Zuper Jäger – Ian C.
  • Flawless – A. Cabrera
  • 10 Improvisations With 10 Small Rocks – Rebecca Caines
  • Space alien finger puppet – Erika Folnovic
  • Pants Wilson Is The Worst – Jennifer Matotek
  • Photograph (1 of 4) – Aidan Morgan
  • Musicians Say The Strangest Things – Chrix Morix
  • ATC Little Book – Gerda Osteneck
  • Full Moon Patch – Amber P.B.

Extra special thanks to Blair Fornwald and her mom, Brent Wilson, Mike Rollo and Rebecca Caines for their support!

Image via instagram.com/pulsewidth_

Image via instagram.com/pulsewidth_

UPDATED DEADLINE: The second edition of the Queen City Walking Distance Distro!

Thanks to all who participated in The Queen City Walking Distance Distro No. 1! If you missed it, here’s a look at what was dropped off in mailboxes in March 2014.

For those of you who are already familiar with the project, here are some details about No. 2:

  • Submission deadline is Monday, June 30, 2014 Monday, July 14, 2014
  • Estimated delivery dates: mid-to-late July 2014/early August
  • Optional theme for submissions: Space*

Please write us back to let me know what you’re thinking of contributing! qcwalkingdistancedistro AT gmail DOT com

* Note about the Space theme: Space is an optional focus for your artist multiple. You can interpret the word space however you’d like to, including three dimensionality, different kinds of spaces, outer space, etc.

Jodie Foster in Contact (1997)

Jodie Foster in Contact (1997)

QCWDD No. 1 has been delivered!

Image by Sunny

Image by Sunny

The first round of the Queen City Walking Distance Distro was delivered this past Sunday, March 9, 2014! There were 33 homes on the delivery route and each package included a multiple from twelve different artists (if you’re new to the QC WDD thing, read more about how it works right here).

Image by pulsewidth_

Image by pulsewidth_

Here’s what was included:

Thanks to all who contributed! If you’re interested in contributing to the next round or wuld like to be on the next delivery route, please contact the QCWDD: qcwalkingdistancedistro@gmail.com.

Submission due dates and delivery estimates will posted here in the near future.

Box of packages waiting to be delivered.

Box of packages waiting to be delivered.

Photo by Aidan Morgan

Photo by Aidan Morgan

Photo by Aidan Morgan

Photo by Aidan Morgan

Example of one of the Phomohobes postcard collage series via phomohobes

Example of one of the Phomohobes postcard collage series via phomohobes

some history

via funisfreepress

via funisfreepress

If you’ve read the About page on this here blog, you may already know that the inspiration for the Queen City Walking Distance Distro came from an earlier distro called the St. Henri Walking Distance Distro, which was started by Paula Belina and Sarah Mangle in 2006 in the Montreal neighborhood of St. Henri, which was then taken on by the Ste. Emilie Skillshare in 2007. While the two distros aren’t exactly the same (QC WDD won’t include newsletters and holds no fundraisers at this point), the focus on community art distribution, sustainability and a strong DIY ethic is the same.

Here’s more from the Fun Is Free Press History page:

  • Having regularly made our own zines for the past several years, Sarah Mangle (Squirrel Grrl) and I (Streeteaters) joined creative and organizational forces in February 2006, combining our mutual love for our neighborhood, Montréal’s “St-Henri”, to split the task of collecting addresses, gathering zines, organizing the fundraiser, and making the monthly phone calls to get details for the newsletter.

submission idea: maps

image via bespoke maps

image via bespoke maps

Maps are factual/problematic/useful/confusing and are thus ripe subjects for a personal rendering. One could make a map of personal routes and markers in Regina, or a map of one’s body or a fictional map of anything that comes to mind! You can be super careful about scale and distance or you can throw measurements completely out the window. Paper maps might be on their way to extinction, so why not celebrate them by making your own?

submission idea: music mixes

gif via friday mixtape

image via friday mixtape

Play radio DJ or music librarian and select an excellent mix of tunes to share. You can choose to make a themed mix or freestyle it all the way through. Choose the format you’ll make the mix on (cassette tape, CDR, USB, SD card, on-line code typed on cool object) and voila!

Cover art and a snappy title are often essential considerations. Playlists are optional.

submission idea: paper dolls, chains and puppets

Articulated paper doll (or puppet) by Sara Guindon of Pin Pals

Articulated paper doll (or puppet) by Sara Guindon of Pin Pals

Paper dolls are fun ways to anthropomorphize paper and to charm adults (and kids) into play. The paper puppet above above uses grommets to allow the doll’s limbs to move, but one could stick to traditional paper tabs too.  They need not be made only of paper, of course!

vintage paper dolls via sugar sticks

vintage paper dolls via sugar sticks

submission idea: zines

Submission idea: Zines

Zines are short-run self-produced publications about anything in the world you might want to share, like writing, drawings, photos, collections of things, poetry, etc…

Quick history: In the early 20th century, sci-fi fans would share their excitement by creating and circulating ‘fanzines’, and later the punk movement would create their own too. Nowadays, there are whole fairs dedicated to zines and all kinds of people make ’em.

Here’s how to make your own: http://www.instructables.com/id/Guide-To-Zine-Making/

(photo via Melbourne Places)

submissions for QC WWD 1

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Submit your artwork to first edition of the Queen City Walking distance Distro! We accept all kinds of creative work, as long as it’s your own and is easy to carry. Check out the About page for some ideas as to what you can submit.

  • Submission deadline: Monday, January 27, 2014

Please get in contact to discuss your submission idea and to see how many copies/editions will be needed for the distro: qcwalkingdistancedistro@gmail.com.