A wonderful array of workshops by talented folk in 2015 //
Hamilton Zinefest Workshops are held on Sat the 16th of May, during Hamilton Zinefest at Creative Waikato.
These workshops are free, and have a first come first served admittance.
Workshops run at the hour between the time of 10.30am to 2.30pm.
“What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. To question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us.” – Georges Perec
Incorporating various elements of experimental poetry: found poetry, deletion poetry and tapping into our gut reaction to words and sentences; we’ll be combining these ideas in a collaborative workshop in which participants will work together to create new poems. The resulting word play will be anthologised into a zine.
Makyla Curtis is an experimental poet, a letterpress printer and an editor for POTROAST.
TELLING OUR STORIES
Sam has been drawing comics since he was a little girl. He is passionate about telling stories that celebrate the rich depth and diversity of our communities. He draws an autobio webcomic about his life as a queer trans man at www.roostertailscomic.com. Sam will be exploring the importance of telling stories that celebrate difference for gender and sexuality minorities.
INDIRA NEVILLE / RAE JOYCE
Three Words is the forthcoming anthology of Aotearoa women’s cartoons and comics edited by Indira Neville, Sarah Laing and Rae Joyce. The book will incorporate both existing and new work. We want to make visible the depth and breadth of women’s comics; showing off some of the beautiful, amazing and often-unseen women’s comics of the past, as well as providing an opportunity for collaboration and the creation of new book-specific pieces via the Three words concept.
Indira Neville and Rae Joyce discuss Three Words, the anthology of Aotearoa women’s comics and cartoons they are co-editing with Sarah Laing, beginning with the origins, impetus and aims for the book; the process for making it so far; and the variety of comics and comic-makers, followed by a Q&A about their own work before inviting the audience to ask questions of their own.
Indira Neville has been making comics for over twenty years. Throughout this time she has used many photocopiers. She remembers fondly the Minolta at the copy centre in Hamilton even though it used to cut off the edges and only worked in black-and-white. A less happy memory is the Xerox in central Whangarei which left big streaks over all of her pages. She very much enjoys the modern colour copier, particularly the way you can print directly to it from your computer.
Rae Joyce, also known as Rachel J. Fenton, is a poet, prose-writer and cartoonist. She brings a lyrical sensibility to her work, rendering her visual poems in ink and watercolour. Notable works include Escape Behaviours and Alchemy Hour. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, fiction and comics, including exhibiting in the Taipei International Books Exhibition and being finalist for the Dundee International Book prize.
Adrian Kinnaird, Co-publisher & Editorial Director of boutique publishing house Earth’s End, discusses his journey from cartoonist to blogger, writer and now publisher. He’ll be sharing advice and valuable lessons learnt from freelancing, working with corporate publishers, and self-promoting.
“Having lived through New Zealand’s millennial rise in zine activity, Bryce Galloway thought he best scribble it all down before the threads were lost. Galloway’s millennial zine history made up issue 56 of his own zine Incredibly Hot Sex With Hideous People, also informing recent articles on the subject for Bulletin magazine and Strips Club design journal. Galloway examines the influences that have shaped the NZ zine scene, the good and bad of its recent past, with hopes for its future.”