Luna

Luna

Just finished making a new zine in time for tomorrow’s Auckland Zinefest. It’s a bit different to the kind of stuff I usually do. Lately I have been really inspired by the moon, so thought I would make a zine about it. It’s all about the moon in both terms of science and also magic.

Luna

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Luna

Tomorrow I will have this on sale for $3, as well as my back catalogue of various things, postcards and free stickers.

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Winter

It’s been very quiet here lately as the wintery weather sets in. My Day job can be pretty mentally draining and induce a want for nothing more than to lie under a blanket on the couch when I get home every day. However, with a couple of different upcoming creative events, I need to get out from under the blanket and start making/creating things again.

100 Days Project 2014

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This begins on July 11. This year my project is called 100 Days of Dreaming. I am going to keep a dream journal for 100 days. As well as writing my dreams down, I will be drawing them. Once the project starts, you’ll be able to check in via my page. I’ll also be updating the 100 Days tab of my blog too.

Auckland Zinefest 2014

Auckland Zinefest 2014 Poster
Poster by Lucy Meyle

I have a stall this year and am really looking forward to it! This year, Zinefest is on Saturday 19th July from 12pm – 5pm at the Auckland Old Folks Association in Newton. This year will be huge, with 40 stalls (I think). Since July is international zine making month, there will also be some other zine related activities taking place. See their facebook for details or visit their website to find out more.

New Zealand International Film Festival

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I am really excited about this this year as I am actually going to some films! 5 of them. My picks this year are here if you’re interested.

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In July I also get 2 weeks of annual leave so I’m getting properly started on a project I have been planning for a while. I will start to share more about this as things get going. As well as doing that stuff, i’ll be taking some much needed time out to relax and look after myself before jumping back into work just after my birthday. What creative projects are you working on? I’d love to hear about them!

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Hamilton Zinefest – Recap

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I got up really early on saturday to drive from Auckland to Hamilton for the innagural zinefest, at a really cool space called Creative Waikato next to an amazing cafe, Mr Milton’s Canteen. I was shown to my table which was across from Meliors Simms and her super cool Adana press. Of course I had to have a go on it so printed my own letterpress capitalism sticker. I also bought a couple of packs of the stickers too.

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I was also across from Black Fox Press, and was given an amazing poster/print in exchange for my zines and postcards. Phil had some amazing work on show. The aforementioned print is pictured below with the rest of my haul from the day. So much creativity in one room!

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One of the best things about zinefest is getting over that awkwardness and actually chatting to people, zine makers and attendees alike. I met so many amazing people, some of who I “know online”, so was cool to have that experience. I hope to get down there again next year. My table:

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Also, I was lucky enough to be able to go and check out the Small Press exhibition at Ramp Gallery and look at some really great zines. It was also cool to see some things I have made being exhibited in a gallery.

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Next up is Auckland Zinefest on July 19th. Get involved!

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Hamilton Zinefest 2014

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Poster by Gary Venn

I have signed up for a half table at the first Hamilton Zinefest, happening on May 17th. Should be really cool! They are still accepting registrations so if you are interested, fill in the form on their blog.

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I will have 4 of my older zines for sale, plus a free one and hopefully a new one too! As well as Zinefest, Some of my zines will be showing at the Small Press exhibition at Ramp Gallery , Wintec, from May 7th. So if you live in Hamilton go and check it out!

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Blueberry Pancakes

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Pancakes are one of my all time favourite things to make for breakfast in the weekend, and with a little practice, turn out perfect every time. This recipe is a modified pikelet recipe which is super easy to put together and takes less time than traditional pancake recipes.

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You need:
- 1 cup of self raising flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2/3 cup trim milk
- Blueberries.

Instead of blueberries, you can use banana slices. Up to you.

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Sift dry ingredients, and whisk sugar into dried ingredients.

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put wet ingredients into dry and whisk them together til there are no lumps.

That’s all you have to do!

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Put a frying pan on medium heat and let it heat up. Then use a small amount of butter (or canola cooking oil spray or the like) and put 2 dessert spoons worth of mixture onto the pan. Dot the top with blueberries or sliced banana.

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When bubbles start to form and the edges start to lift a little, flip the pancake over. I always flip it a second time, just to be sure the mixture around the blueberries has fully cooked.

Tip – Once you have done a couple and the pan is very hot, take it off the heat to add your mixture and then put it back on. Don’t make your pancakes too big, and also always do a smaller “Test” pancake first to see how hot the pan is.

Modification – For Vegan pancakes, substitute the egg with 1 tbsp ground Flax seeds +3 tbsp Water. Substitute the milk for almond or rice milk. To make it gluten free, substitute the flour for gluten free all purpose flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

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DIY Pot Plant Hanger

Macrame has always reminded me of my Nana’s brown, ropey looking pot plant holders, complete with brown beads and droopy looking house plants. However, not long ago I saw some beautiful neon pink pot plant hangers in St Kevin’s arcade. As an ex scout with moderate to good skills with tying knots, I decided to try my hand at making my own pot plant hangers.

This is so simple, and if you can tie your shoelaces you can make one of these.

For this you will need:

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  • Polyester cord from Spotlight. 10 metres costs $10, for the smallest hanger I used around 4 metres, for the larger hanger I used around 7.2 metres.
  • Bag Rings, about $3 a packet, also from Spotlight.
  • Scissors
  • a fishbowl vase with a succulent or whatever plant you want to use. Mine is 10 cm diameter around the top.
  • A lighter to melt the ends (not pictured.
  • A hook to help with the knotting process. A picture hook, or plant hook is all good.

How to:

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Cut 4 equal lengths of cord. For the smallest one they were around 1.2 metres each, for the larger, 1.8 metres. Take all 4 together, and slide the ring over the 4 so it is in the middle. Then tie a basic knot using all pieces of the cord. There will now be 8 strands of cord hanging from the ring.

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Hang the cord by the ring on the hook, and about 30 – 40 cm down (on the larger one), then get 2 strands that are next to each other, and tie them in the same basic knot. Repeat with the next 2 strands next to each other, and so on til all are tied.

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then another 10 cm or so down, start the web by getting on strand in one of the pairs, and tying it in the same basic knot, with the string in the next pair, next to it. Make sure you grab the string next to it as if you don’t the hanger will be twisted. To this til you have gone all the way round.

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once you have done this, move a few more cm down (just use your judgement) and tie all the cords into one single knot. Then get your lighter and melt the ends so they don’t fray.

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then slide your bowl or pot plant or whatever into the netting and hang up somewhere.

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The next ones I make will be a little more complicated, but these simple 10 knot ones look super cool! The cord is available in several different colours. You can also get more creative and add other things like silver beads or the like. Just tie a knot after you slide them on so they sit nicely. If you want a super clear video tutorial, click here. This lady is awesome!

 

 

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Illustrated Type – Autumn

Yesterday was a slow day at work so I drew a whole lot of leaves in Illustrator and created some illustrated Type.

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I don’t often get to do these kinds of projects so it was a lot of fun. Here are some close up shots of the individual letters:

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Self Initiated Project – Album Artwork

I have been clearing out heaps of stuff my my office lately and have been going through a tonne of work I have done over the last 4 1/2 years. I found the original mock up of a self initiated project I did for my portfolio at Media Design School, an album cover for Cat Power “Jukebox”. Sometimes when I look back on old work I really don’t like it, but I still really like this so thought I would share it.

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Inside Front Cover

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I love self initiated projects and one of my goals for 2014 is to do more of them as working full time has meant less time for them.

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Chocolate Pavlova with Strawberries, Raspberries and Cream

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This weekend I decided to try my hand at making a pavlova. I grew up with pavlova as a christmas staple like many other kiwi and aussie kids. My Aunty would always make one for our family xmas, and it would always look amazing. Even though pavs look good, I was never the biggest fan growing up as didn’t like cream but now that i’m grown up and my tastebuds have changed for the better I decided to give it a try.

I wanted to go for something a bit less traditional so I went with this recipe from Nigella Lawson. The method is very similar to a regular pavlova, but with the addition of finely chopped chocolate and cocoa powder into the egg white/sugar mixture.

Tips for making Pav:

  • Make sure everything is ready before you start beating the egg whites as once you start the process you shouldn’t stop until it is ready to be turned out onto the baking tray.
  • Clean the bowl you are going to be using thoroughly and dry it thoroughly before use.
  • Pre heat your own to 180 C before you start and line your baking tray ready to go. Once the pav goes in turn the temp down to 150 C immediately.
  •  Don’t overbet the egg whites. Only beat them til stiff peaks form, then start adding the sugar. If they start to separate it is overbeaten and you will need to start from the beginning with fresh egg whites.
  •  Add the sugar to the beaten egg whites 1 spoon at a time and don’t stop beating when you add them. The sugar needs to dissolve into the egg whites so before you add the cocoa and chocolate feel a small amount of the mixture between your finger tips. It shouldn’t be grainy. Only beat until the sugar dissolves, any more and you will run the risk of having a super collapsed pav. Also, if you don’t dissolve the sugar properly, you will get a “weeping” effect, which is the sugar coming out of the pav during cooking.
  • When you fold the chocolate and cocoa in, do it as gently as possible and til it is just combined. Do not overmix.
  • When you pour the mixture onto the baking tray gently shape it with a spatula.
  • Once the Pav has finishing cooking, leave it in the oven to cool as the oven cools. Some people leave the door open a bit, some don’t. I left the oven door open a little once the oven had mostly cooled. I left mine in there all night and most of the next day! This insures a crispy outside and gooey middle. It sunk a bit but with chocolate pavs you can expect that. The cream and strawberries (or whatever you want) hide the worst of the cracks!

Thanks to Dad for helping me via text message :) and for the lovely strawberries from his garden.

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Art in the Dark

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This year we decided to head into Ponsonby’s Western Park to experience Art in the Dark. It’s an annual event here in Auckland, and showcases beautiful light art from many talented artists. There were so many people, that at times we had to go a bit off road down muddy hillsides but it was a really cool experience. I took my camera so I could try and capture as much as I could.

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Screaming Rapture by Experience Workshop

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The Electronic Garden – Recycled beauty by Andy Flint

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Lily of the Valley by Lara Thomas

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I’m not sure who did this one sadly…

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Vospertron

There was so much to look at! There are heaps of photos on the Art in the Dark website of previous years as well. Next year if you are in Auckland you should definitely go and check this out.

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