Wellington Zinefest 2015!

This year’s Wellington Zinefest is this coming Saturday, and we can’t wait! We get loads of our library zine collection from vendors at Zinefest, so you can be sure to see a whole lot of new zines on our shelves in the following weeks.

The event is this Saturday, November 28th, from 12pm-5pm. This year it takes place at Ivy Bar, in the James Smith building basement, at the bottom end of Cuba Street. Don’t worry, it’s definitely an all-ages event! Watch out for the signs on the day, they’ll make sure you get to the right place.

You can learn more about the libraries’ zine collection over on the Zines page, and if you have any zines you’d like to donate to the WCL collection we will gladly receive them! Just drop your zines off at the Central library, or your local branch so they can be sent to the central collection. If you’re a Wellington zine maker, we’d love to get 2 copies of your zine so that we can preserve one in our heritage collection. Make sure to include your name, the name of your zine, year of publication, and any other relevant information with your zines, so that we can make them easily find-able for library borrowers.

We also have the option of making your zines available through Overdrive, one of our eLibrary services. We reckon this would be particularly great for poetry and writing zines, but if you have an image based zine you’d like added to Overdrive, that is not a problem. Plus, we provide this digitisation service for free! If you’re interested in making your zines available to WCL borrowers on Overdrive, send us an email at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

See you at Zinefest!

Zinefest poster

Zinefest 2014: (Secret) Mobile Art Print Space!

Follow the shiny shelves and wiggling wheels of this mobile art print space as it winds its way secretly around some of the capital’s most magical art locations. Stacked to the brim with a curated collection of delightful zines, artist books and exhibition catalogues you’ll need to ‘like’ Zinefest on Facebook and follow on Twitter to find out where to catch a glimpse of this trundling treasure!

Mobile Zine Library

Venue: Disclosed via facebook.com/wellingtonzinefest but pssst – we’ll be hosting the print space at Central library from today until Monday 17th November! After that, you will need to follow Zinefest updates (or click “going” on the Mobile Art Space Facebook event) to find out where else it will be going in the leadup to this year’s event, which is approaching fast!

Wellington Zinefest 2014 will be held on Saturday 22 November at James Cabaret, 5 Hania Street in Mount Victoria. We can’t wait!

How to make a zine – by kids for kids

If you know or have any kids that would like to try out making a zine, then looky here…

How to make a zine - by kids for kids

Come along to the free children’s zine workshop and have a go at making your very own zine!

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 Wellington City Libraries.

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:30am – 12pm
Where: Central Library, 65 Victoria St, Wellington
Audience: Children
Cost: free!!

Wellington Zinefest 2013

Poster by Hayden Currie
Poster by Hayden Currie

Wellington Zinefest is only two weeks away now and as the first public library in New Zealand to have a zine collection we’re really excited. It’s not just about the main event though, there is a zinesational, extensive public program leading up to the BIG DAY, including:

Monoprinting for Zines – November 8 @ 6pm
Monoprinting is a fast and flexible way to introduce colour, design and expressive linework to your zines. You will get to try a range of monoprinting techniques that you can easily use at home – no printing press or expensive paper required. Learn how to add spot colour to B&W covers and pages, create one off or repeat prints and utilize patterns, lettering and stencils.

Materials supplied but do bring along imagery and zine ideas for inspiration and different paper types to trial. And wear old clothes!

Workshop limited to 6 people. To book, email: treasonous.pastimes@gmail.com

Demystifying the ISBN: A panel talk – November 14 @ 5:30pm
Librarians love zines. Librarians love zines with ISBNs even more.

We invite Amy Joseph (the National Library), Monty Masseurs (Wellington City Libraries) and Claire Harris (zine-maker) to talk us through why an ISBN is useful, and how to get one.

The librarians will also cover useful topics including the pre-publication cataloguing service, legal deposit and public lending rights for nz authors.

@ the Pipitea Seminar Room, National Library

Getting the Party On: DIY bunting & cardboard letters – November 15 @ 6pm
The festival is just around the corner (next week!) and we need your help to make the festival look, well, festive.

Expect materials to include many wondrous, colourful things!

@ Matchbox Studios

Zine Maker Talks – November 22 @ 6pm
Pens down, folks. Let’s kick back and remind ourselves why we make zines: to meet cool people & learn cool things.

Our line-up of speakers are all cool people, wanting to share cool things with you (watch this space, updates coming).

We hope you can join us.

@ Matchbox Studios

DIY Book Art Working Bee: @MatchboxWgtn #zinefest

To view the book art collection available from the library (including our favourite: “The Repurposed Library“) click here.

DIY Book Art Working Bee
DIY Book Art Working Bee

As part of the festivities in the run up to Wellington Zinefest Matchbox will be hosting a book art working bee! Matchbox will be creating a very special window display that will run for one month and they want your help!

Come along and learn how to make some super cool hanging book art, get to see your master piece inthe  window display then take it home to decorate your house once the display is finished. The window will not only look wonderful, it will also be promoting New Zealand made and independent Zines & Books.

Matchbox will provide some books for you but would love it if you have any old redundant books at home that you can donate to the project.

Free to come along and all welcome!

Make Time To Make Zines #1

Matchbox and Wellington Zinefest Presents….

MAKE TIME TO MAKE ZINES #1

Got an idea for a zine, but have just been too tired/busy/distracted to get started? PROCRASTINATE NO MORE.

Make Time to Make Zines#1 is the first of three workshops to get your zines happening. Each session will be two hours for you to work on whatever you want to work on, at whichever stage your zine is at. Stay as long as you like, and work as hard as you like.

We invite all zine-makers to make a time with themselves to sit down and make those zines happen!

We’ve booked the space. We’ve set the dates. We’ll even provide basic stationery, pens, etc. Koha entry for our lovely venue partner, Matchbox Studios.

Bring your lovely selves and zine ideas!

This Friday 11th October, 6-8pm All Welcome

Zines time

Somewhat embarrassingly, this is our first post this year on the zines blog. Hmm. But anyways! Please don’t consider this to be a lack of enthusiam; in fact, quite the opposite! We have been slogging away and have finally finished processing the hoard of sweet local zines we nabbed at the most recent ZineFest. So far, these have been my faves:

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Twin Lullaby by Charlotte Forrester
This wee zine is sooo beautifully put together. (Okay, I admit it – am a total sucker for pieces of paper tied together with string. Swoon!) It’s essentially a poem in five verses, and is accompanied by beautiful watercolour art works. There is also a really sweet touch on the final page – check it out.

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Not Afraid of Ruins #3 by Nausea Nissenbaum
This zine is a kind of travel diary with a difference. I love hearing people’s travel stories – I especially love hearing about far-flung countries I’ve never ventured to, and possibly never will. If this sounds like your bag, I definitely recommend this zine. You can read about loads of different European locales, and it also has other random bits and pieces, like book recommendations! Get in.

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Extra Curricular issue 11, edited by Ellie Smith
I can’t help but continue the Extra Curricular love. It’s just so cool. And pretty! Beautifully put-together. This issue is dedicated to new beginnings, and introduces a host of interesting folk who have, in some way, had exactly that. This issue also has tips for crafters who are pondering starting a business from their hobby or passion. As per, this edition is crammed with other interesting bits and is an exceedingly pleasant way to kill a couple of hours! Tea and cake to accompany, optional.

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Nowhere Land by Stolen
As the first page of this zine states, eveything in it is stolen from facebook. While I’m not totally down with the method, I have to say, it has made for a pretty sweet zine! It is entirely made up of images, some kinda banal and some kinda awesome. Definitely worth a flick.

We also have loads of sweet new international zines. I have been enjoying these:

thisisportlandThis is Portland by Alexander Barrett
This zine is fun, and, not surprisingly, is aaaaall about Portland. Loaded with interesting points and things you learn about a city only by living there, it has made me want to visit! With its manky weather, famous food, abundance of coffee and a multitude of bands, it actually sounds kinda similar to Wellington… This may or may not be true… anyone out there that’s travelled both cities and knows? (image supplied by microcosmpublishing.com)

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Barefoot and in the Kitchen by Ashley Rowe
Vegan recipe book! Zine style! What’s not to like? “With an emphasis on demystifying veganism and taking the intimidation out of cooking”, it helps makes cooking easy and way more fun. The Beaver Casablancas recipe is a highlight. (image supplied by microcosmpublishing.com)

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Fix your Clothes by Naleigh Briggs
I love a practical zine (that’s not to say that I dislike impractical ones – keep ’em coming!) and this one is awesome. The cover is super cute, as are the text and the illustrations inside. And best of all, it contains information we all need! Step-by-step instructions accompanied by clear illustrations, you’ll be darning your own socks in no time. Booya! (image supplied by microcosmpublishing.com)

We talk with Wellington Zinefest organiser Kim Gruschow

Kim from the Wellington Zinefest Committee 2010 (also Lady Fest co-organiser) very kindly answered some of our questions about all things zinefest.

How did Wellington Zinefest get started?

In New Zealand there had been zine events, such as Auckland’s Small Print, Zinefestbut never much in Wellington. In  2007  Kylie Buck was working at the Wellington City Library, they had just started their zine collection and she and I organised the first Wellington Zinefest, which was also a nice welcome platform for the Library Zine Collection.

What is most challenging about organising an event like Zinefest?

There hasn’t been any notable struggles this year really, there are four of us on the team this year, three of us have organised Zinefest in previous years, so we know or at least sort-of know what to do now. The first time round was the hardest probably because everyting was new

What are zine people like to work with?

Zinemakers are all kinds of people, there are nice reserved thoughtful types, but there are also those who got into zines through punk music like me….

What cool things will be happening on the day?

There is a workshop about interesting zine construction methods and a chat about the history of zine events, distros and people in New Zealand over the last few years. The Comics Show, which is a documentary about comics in New Zealand will also be screening throughout the day, and once again the lovely folk of Wellington City Libraries will be present with some of their zine collection. There is also an afterparty at Watusi with bands Teen Hygiene, Widows, Paper Ghost & Natural Glow all of whom have close ties with zine-making and self-publishing.

Why do you think there has been such a revival of zine culture?

I think there has been a real turn towards DIY culture in general, particularly with crafts but also with music production and other creative arts. People realize that it is an easy and empowering and inexpensive way of sharing what they do. I think the presence of zines in Wellington, through the library collection, the annual Zinefest, and shops in New Zealand like the High Seas (sadly about to close ) must be very encouraging too.

Are there any zines you are hanging out to see/buy at the Fest?

I’m looking forward to the third Book, a comic made here in Wellington which is being unleashed at Zinefest. Infinity Bag has new work that I am really excited about seeing too.

Thanks Kim!

Wellington Zinefest Committee 2010. Left to right:  Matt Whitwell, Bryce Galloway, Claire Harris and Kim Gruschow
Wellington Zinefest Committee 2010. Left to right: Matt Whitwell, Bryce Galloway, Claire Harris and Kim Gruschow