I got the train, met Bettie and Jen, and we grabbed breakfast from the station before heading over to the Electric Works where we got to work moving chairs and tables and setting up. Then it was time to open and people started to pile in! It was a very good turnout. I sold lots of zines and some of my envelope sets and bought and traded a few new zines too :)
Here's what I wore:
This dress confuses the hell out of everyone and that's partly why I like it! It was from the Arlene Phillips collection at Simply Be a couple of years ago and is one of the first dresses I bought when I first got into wearing them again. It is a bit longer length than I wear now, but still a good length. I love the confusing pattern - it has flowers, circles of varying sizes, and pixellated type bits too. It's so weird! People either love or hate it.
I always have to pin the wrap part to my bra because otherwise it flashes a lot of boob and bra. I keep the safety pin attached to the dress when I take it off so that I always know where it is.
It's a lovely drapey thick jersey, and it has a kangaroo pocket across the front! I haven't worn this dress in ages but on Saturday I couldn't remember why!
Sorry for the dark photo, I think the flash was turned off on my phone. Thanks for taking the photo, Lisa!
Here I am behind my stall. I hope it was an inviting one. This was the first zine fest I've tabled at, but I had such fun that I want to do it again! Bettie and I think we might road trip to some more. I had free sweets too to lure people in, I think it worked. My tablemate was Emily, it was nice to meet her.
Thanks to Jen for taking this photo!
Kirsty (of Fatty Unbound) and I led a workshop at the fest, on Body Positivity. Although it wasn't specifically fat-positive, most of the attendees were plus sized so the discussion had that slant to it. We talked about comments that we've had about our bodies or our clothes, and we talked about coping strategies. (And yes, ignoring and walking off is a valid strategy! Sometimes it's the safest thing to do for yourself!) Then we talked about accepting compliments and how we're not very good at it. If someone pays you a genuine compliment, just say "thank you." It's a radical act! Then we went round paying each other compliments, so I hope everyone left feeling heartened.
My friend Rachel was at the fest. I haven't met her in person before so it was lovely to do that. She's incredibly sweet. After the fest a ton of us went to a pub called the Rutland Arms where they do really fab chips and cheap food. I had the thickest burger ever and chips. I was sitting next to Rachel so it was nice to chat with her more.
Such a fabulous day!