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!!

Winter craft

With nights very long and dark at the moment, I’ve been looking for new things I can easily make in the evenings.  I’d love to sit in front of the telly kniting  scarfs, hat  or soft toys.  But as I’m not a knitter, I’ve been looking for other small, simple things to do.

purseA little while ago I made quite a few purses and pencil cases with stitched felt animals and small scenes on them.  I got the idea from The Cute Book by Aranzi Aronozo.  They looked great and were a quick way of adding a bit of interest to a pencil case. I made different sizes for different uses, like keeping the playing cards in.

I recently borrowed Cuter Book Felt mascot: cute and easy to make! by the same author which has a similar theme to the Cute Book. The book has patterns and ideas for creating palm sized soft toys and mascots from felt.  So simple, and perfect for making in front of the telly!

I liked how the patterns in the book are printed at actual size.  There was no felt dogneed to enlarge on the photocopier, although this could be done for making larger sized animals.  I was able to trace the pattern, cut the felt  and then get started.

The construction uses glue to hold bits in place (like eyes and legs), but with a little adaption, it was easy to do away with glue altogether.  I chose to cross stitch on eyes or use a french knots instead of small pieces of felt.  I thought this gave a nicer finish to the toys, and I wanted to be able to give them to small children when finished.  I also modified a few of the patterns so I didn’t have to cut out “fingers” on some of the patterns (like the frogs hands).  That was just a little too fiddly.

felt softiesThe finished toys look really cute and are a great size – just right for little hands.  And to keep them all together, I’m able to fit quite a few into one of my matching pencil cases.

Titles by Aranzi Aronozo:
Cute book
Cute dolls:  Lets make cute stuff
Cute stuff
Felt mascot: cute and easy to make