Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stallholder Interview 2

Stacey Teague is an Auckland based zine-maker and poet. She recently returned to New Zealand after living in the UK for two years. Her poetry collection takahē was recently published by Scrambler Books. 2014 will be her first Wellington Zinefest. We asked her a few questions:

How did you first get into zines?
I can't remember specifics, but in 2009 I co-edited a zine where we solicited art and writing and took that along to the Auckland Zinefest. While I was there I got a whole heap of zines that I loved and after that I started making my own zines pretty regularly.

A lot of your zines seem to be documenting your exploration of a single idea or theme. What is your process for zine-making?
I definitely give myself a starting off point, I find that helpful in writing as well. I have a zine about love, buses, dinosaurs, a trip to Melbourne, going to CALH. It's just easier to work that way imho.

How many zinefests have you been to? Do you have any favourite memories from any of them?
I went to 3 or 4 in Auckland and 1 in Christchurch. It's always a nice atmosphere and it's fun to swap with the other stallholders. I really liked Christchurch Zinefest, they had a reading during the day which I read at and was really cool.

Tell us a bit about the zines you'll be bringing down to Wellington.
I'm bringing some old zines I made, including a zine for each season of one year. A poetry publication called 'Hands Like Mirrors' that I co-edited, which features young NZ/Aus writers. My own poetry collection called 'Takahē'. Two new zines that were mostly made in the UK but I've finished off here, one is about the Jurassic Park franchise and the other is about dogs I saw when I was travelling in Europe. I'm currently finishing up a zine that is a writing collab with my friend Susie.

You recently spend a couple of years overseas. Did you make any zines while you were away? Were you exposed to any cool international zines or zine people?
As above, I started making those two zines, but overall I was kind of in a zine hiatus while I lived in the UK, for whatever reasons. It feels right now that I'm home to be making them again.

What are a couple of your favourite zines by other people?
I just looked through my zines (I have a shit tonne of them) because I was trying to find a specific one but couldn't find it, it was one that folded out into a map, of maybe, Sydney? and they had written and drawn stuff on it of memories or things they have done in certain areas. I keep wanting to copy this idea, but anyway it's a really good idea. When I was going through my zines I found a cool one by Alice May Connolly called 'Cat' which is writing and it's cool. I like the zine where Eamonn got people to draw pictures of him too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Zinefest Stall Holder Interview

Ottilie and Rachel are working on a project called 'Mundames' for zinefest this year. We asked them a few questions about the project and other things :) Click here for a larger image on our facebook page

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Public programme - 17 Oct to 22 Nov

Our public programme is about to kick off!

We'll post a flyer for the programme soon, but for now you can find out more about some of our first events on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wellingtonzinefest/events

So, first up: 

Build a paper city, in collaboration with other workshop attendees, using old books, envelopes and a touch of imagination, and get your story in front of Cuba Street shoppers. Your paper city will be put on display in the window of Matchbox Studios. Bring along your old books and envelopes, cutting and drawing materials provided.
Artwork is on display from Sun 19 Oct to Sun 2 Nov and will be available to pick up after this time.
Venue: Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba Street
Date: Fri 17 Oct, 6pm (2hrs)

Thirteen-year-old Zora Patrick has been making zines for almost five years. In 2011 she won Wellington Zinefest’s ‘Best of the Fest’ trophy, and in 2012 was invited to the 2012 KOMACON (children’s comic competition) in Bucheon, Korea. Zora and her zine-making younger sisters Oki (9) and Dune (8), whose work was also recently included in the exhibition Small Press at RAMP Gallery in Hamilton, will be talking about ideas for zines, zine-making techniques, and presenting some of their favourite creations. This workshop aims to encourage children to participate in zine-making and introduce them to Wellington Zinefest, and will include a session of zine-making with materials provided by Wellington Zinefest and the Wellington City Library.
Venue: Wellington City Library, 65 Victoria Street
Date: Sat 18 Oct, 10.30am (1 ½ hrs)

Monoprinting is a fast and flexible way to introduce colour, design and expressive line-work into your zines. Try a range of monoprinting techniques that can easily be practised at home – no printing press or expensive paper required. Learn how to add spot colour to black and white covers and pages, create one-off or repeat prints and utilise patterns, lettering and stencils. Materials supplied, but bring along imagery and zine ideas for inspiration and different paper types to trial. And wear old clothes!
To book email treasonous.pastimes@gmail.com
Venue: Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba Street
Date: Fri 24 Oct, 6pm (2hrs)
$5 for materials