Saturday, October 22, 2016

//Zinefest Meets Matchbox - Paper Craft! // Interview with Rachel Lynch

Wellington Zinefest is hosting a rad workshop series at Matchbox Studios over October/November, leading up to Wellington Zinefest on November 19th! 

Committee member Rachel Lynch is hosting a Paper Craft workshop on Sunday Oct 23rd! Rachel had a chat to Ellen about what she loves about the zine world.

  • Tell us a few things you are passionate about? Socks, that seems obvious, zines, which also seems obvious. Being a librarian, enamel pins, and animals that are so cute that they make me cry. I’m very passionate about that. Also Netflix.
  • How did you get into zine making? I think I went to a Zinefest workshop two years ago where we weren’t even making zines, we were making paper houses like we are going to be making this week [in Rachel’s workshop, see below for details]. That was my first introduction to zine makers. I think I went to a couple of other workshops after that. Then I just started finding zines to read and making my own.  
  • What kind of zines do you make? I make Sock Review, in which I review socks. It’s self explanatory and exactly what you are expecting. I review socks that I have and tell you if they are worth buying or not. There’s a lot of socks out there and some of them are really bad, sometimes they are really good. That’s what I’m here for. To go with that series I am going to be making ‘how to care for your socks’ zine because it’s important and people don’t look after their socks properly. I can attest to this, if you have not seen how bobbly Amand’s [the boyfriend] socks are, it’s disgraceful and I’m ashamed. I’m making some black out poetry. I’m not much of a poet but I’m liking that style. I’m sure I have a bunch of stuff I said to myself I would work on and I haven’t done them yet.
  • When/ why/ how did you become a committee member (tee hee)? After I had been to some Zinefest workshops two years ago, I ended up getting a stall at Zinefest and that’s why I made my first Sock Review and a comic zine with Ottilie called Mundames. Those titles were our first zines. On that day another committee member asked me if I wanted to join and I said ‘ok. I guess that’s happening.’ She could tell I was enthusiastic enough or organised enough, at least. And that was how that happened.  
  • Any good zine recommendations? Oh boy. One of my favourite zines is this one called ‘Chad.’ A chad is the little circle of paper that is cut out when you use a hole punch. The ‘Chad’ zine is little mini snap lock bags with a chad in them and it tells you where it came from, it could be a credit card, magazine, newspaper or a chip packet. It’s made by kimi, niko and co. They write some cool and interesting zine formats. I also really like Ezra from Dresden Street Distro. He makes listicle zines which is similar to what I do. He creates cool illustrations and design features.  
  • What workshops are you running up to the big event Zinefest November 19th 2016?! Woo! This Sunday I’m hosting a paper craft workshop. We are going to make 3D sculptures- fruit - they are going to look really cool! We will also make garlands and bunting to decorate your stall or room, and origami. If you can make it from paper you can do it at this workshop. I’m providing cool patterned paper for the garlands or bunting. Bunting doesn’t have to be triangles on a sting, it can be anything.  
  • Got any plugs? At home we only have one plug for our bath and our sink and sometimes people are like ‘where’s the plug?’ and it’s in the sink. Also, my twitter is @sock_review and I have the same handle for my instagram, also the name of my zine. Also, please check out the Wellington Central Library zine collection.
  • Most importantly, if you were a dog what kind of dog would you be? Last week i met a dalmatian called ‘Albert’, he belongs to Eloise at the neighbourhood studio and I really resonated with him because every time a new person came in he would look at them asking for attention but in a very quiet way. When he was not on his lead and he could just walk around the studio he was really happy and wagging his tail which hit everybody in the legs. That really resonated with me, hitting everyone with my happiness.

//Zinefest meets Matchbox - Paper craft! with Rachel Lynch//

Tomorrow, Rachel will be showing us all about paper! Creating 3D paper ornaments and origami, "growing" paper plants, garlands, paper chains - if you can make it with paper, then we'll make it happen!

The hands-on workshop will take place at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba Street from 3-4.30pm tomorrow, Sunday 23rd October. We've got quite a few supplies on hand, but feel free to bring your own paper, scissors and glue if you want to (or don't feel like sharing!). See you there!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

// Zinefest Meets Matchbox - Poetry Zines with Cathy-Ellen Paul //

Wellington Zinefest is hosting a rad workshop series at Matchbox Studios over October/November, leading up to Wellington Zinefest on November 19th! 

Committee member Cathy-Ellen is hosting a poetry workshop on Sunday October 16th. Ellen interviewed Cathy on poetry as a powerful means of self-expression.

  • Tell us a few things you are passionate about? Hello, I’m passionate about writing, performing, astrology, spirituality, and working with young people. I work as a librarian at a school library and I'm very passionate about literature as an invaluable instrument of education. I’m enjoying that a lot at the moment. Being able to witness students discovering their identities at a rapid pace is fascinating and beautiful to watch! I get to represent a safe space for them where they can come to recharge, chat about life and discover great literature. I’m also passionate about diary writing. I write at least once a day and it helps me categorise my swirling thoughts. It's a cathartic practice for me.

  • How did you get into zine making? My girlfriend Ellen went along to Wellington Zinefest in 2014 and was asked to join the Zinefest committee, and I instantly wanted to join in too. I realised that zines would be a really easy and empowering way for me to express myself, with my writing.

  • What kind of zines do you make? I make perzines, largely diary-esque zines, sort of poetic prose [in their style]. Sometimes I make poetry zines. I also made a zine about body hair. What would you even class that as? *awkward silence* Sigh. You are no help to me right now. Let’s move on.

  • When/ why/ how did you become a committee member (tee hee)? At the beginning of 2015 I started to become a committee member and then I quickly picked up the role of publicity and social media. I have been doing that ever since.

  • Any good zine recommendations? Out of all the literary zines last year, Ellen’s were so strong in the field, her’s went beyond a common character limit and really made it into a story. I really admire the strength of Ellen’s work. Those zines were called FAY- Back to the Future Islands (volumes 1 and 2.) Other zines you can look out for...I really appreciate Esme Oliver's zines. There was one about self-diagnosis which helped me diagnose myself with mild depression and anxiety. It was empowering to take the reigns on my mental health and to put a label on it. That made me feel like I was owning and acknowledging it, properly. They also write about different forms of intelligence and how each form should be recognised, which is something I have always believed in. And ableism, which is a very important thing to educate yourself about. Other zines I appreciate- I really loved Nina Powells’ zines, I think she has really tapped into a very lyrical voice with her poetry zines and they’re beautiful.

  • What workshops are you running up to the big event zinefest November 19th 2016?! This Sunday on October 16th I am running a poetry zines workshop called 'How Do I Poetry?' That’s going to be about free form poetry because I don’t really write rhyming poetry. I’m going to talk about how it’s empowering to express yourself in a poetic way and how I believe that if people allowed themselves to, pretty much anyone can write poetry. If the feelings are authentic, and if you write from the heart, raw and unselfconsciously, then that’s going to connect with someone. I don’t believe there are rules around poetry.

  • Got any plugs? Plug them now. I’m part of High Expectations Podcast. It’s a podcast of three women who talk about multifaceted topics. I have a blog that I write for occasionally - I'm a little shy about it but you can read it here - On my blog I talk about grief, astrology and queerness. My twitter is @cathyellenrenee and I often tweet about queerness, being femme, mental health, astrology, literature and relationships.

  • Most importantly, if you were a dog what kind of dog would you be? I think it’s been decided that I’m a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel because they’re are a little bit fussy and need to be pampered. I feel like they would love you endlessly but they also need a little bit of looking after.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2016 stalls are fully booked!

Everyone seems to have booked early this year, and all of our stalls are already full up! Sorry for those who missed out - we didn't expect such a large and efficient turnout! If you missed out but would still like a space, send us an email at with a few details about your project, and how much space you need, and we can do our best to match you up with an existing stallholder.

Thanks everyone for your support and for making Wellington Zinefest bigger and better every year!


Saturday, October 8, 2016

// Zinefest Meets Matchbox - Literary Zines with Ellen Walker //

Wellington Zinefest is hosting a rad workshop series at Matchbox Studios over October/November, leading up to Wellington Zinefest on November 19th! 
First up is Literary Zines with committee member Ellen Walker. Ellen had a chat with herself about what zines, and writing, mean to her.  

  • Tell us a few things you are passionate about? I’m passionate about clothes with patterns on them, especially animals, reading graphic novels, reading reviews of bad films and, of course, art and literature.

  • How did you get into zine making? As the story goes I first became interested in zines in 2011. That year was the first Zinefest I attended and I remember feeling incredibly shy and I left after a quick look around. It wasn’t until late 2014 that I got truly interested in zine making after I attended a workshop on how to distribute zines hosted by Claire Harris. It was there that I met Kylie and Tessa, who were working on a project called zine review, which they asked me to contribute to. Zine making is mainly about the community it creates and once I was introduced to that community it caused a snowball effect. I got most of my closest friends and my girlfriend, also a Zinefest committee member, into zine making as well. Within a year I had joined the Zinefest committee and produced many zines with my friends. I held my first stall at the winter market in 2015. It just hasn’t stopped from there. Zines are love, zines are life.  

  • What kind of zines do you make? Mostly zines about me or my friends. My latest output was a two part zine totalling at about 8000 words, that was about a year of my life related to the music I was listening to at the time. That zine project was called ‘Back to the Future Islands’. I have also created some poetry and short story zines as a way to practice my writing and share it with people. Before I made zines I wouldn’t show my writing to anyone. The practice has made me a more confident writer.

  • When/ why/ how did you become a committee member (tee hee)? I honestly had the best time at the 2014 Zinefest and I met the most encouraging people. Kylie Buck was there selling her zines with Tessa and she picked up on my enthusiasm. She had helped establish the first Zinefest event and was in the loop about the status of the committee. She told me that they were expecting new people in early 2015. I went along to one of the earliest meetings with Cathy-Ellen and my friend Hamish, and I have been working with the committee ever since.

  • Any good zine recommendations? All zines are good zines to someone. I personally love the zines my friends have made because you have more context when you know the author, of course. Cathy’s zines are similar to mine in that they are very personal and emotional but she has a style that is distinctly different from my own work. As I’m a big fan of literary work, if you can get your hands on the Food Court zines from last year, you won’t regret it. They are all available at the library.

  • What workshops are you running up to the big event Zinefest November 19th 2016?! I’m looking after a literary zine workshop this Sunday the 9th of October at Matchbox Studios. Come and listen to me ramble more about writing and zines.

  • Got any plugs? Plug them now. I have a zine collective! We are called Closet Monster Zines and it’s made up of me, Cathy and Hamish. We have a page on Facebook- check us out here! I also have a podcast called High Expectations Podcast with Cathy and Jaslyn where we talk about everything from queerness, sex, relationships, our love/hatred for musicals and KFC. I also tweet under the handle @spike_for_pm.

  • Most importantly, if you were a dog what kind of dog would you be? I would be some kind of cross breed scrappy Terrier. Maybe a Jack Russell. I would be slightly internet famous because my owner would dress me up in jaunty vintage outfits, think 1940s-60s little hats and suits that are hand sewn. Dog me would hate photos as much as human me and I would try to destroy the shot often.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stall registrations now open!

Registrations for Wellington Zinefest 2016 are now open! Spaces usually fill up fast, so get in quick. Submissions close on Friday 28th October or when spaces are full, whichever comes first. Click here to go to the registration form. Go forth and create zines!

P.S. We have a Make n' Swap zine event happening this Thursday from 6-8pm at the Wellington Central library. Come along!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Stall registration 2016

Exciting news! Registrations for Wellington Zinefest 2016, being held on November 19th at Wellington High School Hall, open tomorrow at noon! Registrations close on Friday October 28th at 5pm, so get in quick. Tell your friends!