DIY Book Press

Usually when I make zines, I use a big stack of books to flatten my folded pages so they sit better. After looking on trade me at actual book presses (which were waaaay out of my price range) I decided to make my own with the help of this awesome video tutorial by Sea Lemon:

Sea Lemon is a great youtube channel for learning various kinds of book binding and DIY techniques. There are so many tutorials to choose from.

Book Press

Book Press

I managed to find all the elements very cheaply which was a bonus! The Warehouse was having a homewares sale so picked up both cutting boards for $10. The only thing I had trouble finding were carrier screws which had thread all the way to the bottom. After searching far and wide I bought a long piece of threaded screw (I don’t know what to call it haha) and hacksawed the lengths I needed. I then put nuts underneath to hold it in position. Worked out pretty well really!

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Auckland Zinefest Recap

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With my copy paper box under my arm, I walked along K rd to the Auckland Old Folk’s Ass in Gundry Street for another Auckland Zinefest. It was so freezing, I had to buy fingerless gloves from a dollar store on my way!

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Once I got there, I found my table which was right at the front by the door, next to Matt from Pikitia Press. Before the madness began, I managed to catch up with Phil from Black Fox Press and give him my new zine. I also got to catch up with other super cool zine makers who I usually see at the other zinefests.

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I managed to pick up a few amazing zines/prints over the course of the day, but as I had no stall buddy I couldn’t really look at everything. My favourite purchase of the day was a Risograph print done by Dirk Peterson. I love it so much!

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I had a terrible cold, so had to cut my day a bit short, but as usual, it was awesome to be a part of it. I don’t know if I will be able to get down to Wellington Zinefest this year but I am going to try for Christchurch!

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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.

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Luna

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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Photo by Melors Simms

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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