Eeek – we have workshops and speakers coming too… so exciting!

These are all free and you can join in as you wish (they will be run in the foyer on the other side of the café… you’ll get what I mean when you come down).  See you next weekend!


10:30 / Stephanie Christie – Pulling My Selves Together

For fifteen years, I’ve been using zines to keep up my creative practice, to share my work and to challenge myself. I’ll tell some stories about how zines have supported my journey so far. Then we will have a conversation about zines and creativity.

I’m a poet, spoken word artist and writer living in Hamilton. I’m curious about why we feel the drive to make things, and how we live with the consequences. At the moment, my maxim is: “Practice is perfect”.



11:30 / Amy Yalland – Index Print Research Unit

Index operates as a graphic design studio and sometimes publishing imprint, which Amy Yalland and Jonty Valentine run out of their studio warehouse in Henderson, West Auckland (est. 2011).

Index use a RP 3700 risograph stencil printer, which allows them to play with the materiality of designing a printed object, and to produce publications at their studio. They choose to use this printing method for its unique colours, for its immediacy, and for how its quirks influence the design-to-print process. This part of the business has been dubbed the Index Print Research Unit, or more casually, Index Press. They predominantly work on projects for the NZ arts sector, which spans from work for tertiary institutions, to design for galleries, to working with artists on limited edition print-oriented projects.

Amy will be talking about Index’s recent print projects; and about her and Jonty’s interest in developing a range of approaches to projects on their own terms (that might be characterised as material-centric, reflective, collaborative, and subversive).



12:30 / Brent Willis – Comics, zines, and in-betweens : 19 Years of BCW Publishing

BCW Publishing AKA Bristle Corp Wellington has been around for a long time. A really long time.  In that time 79 zines have been published which are mostly comics by Brent Willis but also a lot of collaborations and anthologies. Will the 80th get completed in time for Hamilton Zinefest 2016? Come along and find out – and hear Brent talk about everything that has gone into 19 years of BCW Publishing.



We are of course super excited that Hamilton Zinefest 2016 is nearly here… but we’ll be equally excited when it ends because that means the AfterParty will be happening…

Top-notch poster styles from Alex John (and I hear there will be original screenprints of the same available on the night)…

Mark this date in your diary and stick around after the festival… we’ll be announcing Best of Fest there too.  Yippee!