Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Blanks Project

The Blanks Project is a t-shirt design contest with a difference. Dreamed up by Wills & Indigo of The Paper Rain Project, who have many creative ventures of their own on the go (it all began with custom painted longboards made from recycled waterskis), The Blanks Project is an ethics driven art competition which culminates in the production of a limited edition series of organic, fair trade Freeset t-shirts by the winning artists. (Freeset helps give women in the sex industry of Kolkata, India a way out). The t-shirts are then printed in Christchurch, hand-numbered and sold in selected retailers in New Zealand and Australia.  

'The Blanks Project' is intended as a creative springboard for young (or any!) people seeking to create art for the world to see. Entries close in 2 weeks on Feb 1st - ENTER HERE and be in to win a prize haul from the below sponsors, including us!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brown paper packages tied up with string

Introduce a few of your favourite things to creative friends this Christmas! We've just listed these packs of issues 15 & 16 plus bookmark, all wrapped up in brown paper with a plain tag for you to decorate. Posted fastpost for your peace of mind at no extra charge (NZ only). 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Beard & Braid

I am so excited to let you know that two of my most talented friends and collaborators have officially launched their online store, Beard & Braid

Beard & Braid is photographer and jeweller Sonya Nagels and illustrator/designer Toby Morris, who have both been part of Extra Curricular over the years (who knows how they find the time – these creative high-rollers have their fingers in so many pies it's hard to keep track!) Sonya is a photographer and interned as a jeweller in Amsterdam. Toby works as an art director by day and an illustrator by night. This store features their individual work, as well as prints pairing Sonya's stellar photography with Toby's top-notch hand crafted type. 

They are giving away the limited edition print All day Everyday to their first TEN customers to celebrate the launch. It's a piece that celebrates simple pleasures. A cup of tea and a gingernut. Sitting on the porch. Sunshine. Limited to a run of just ten, each print is individually numbered and signed by both artists.

And they're selling paintings by their sons Iggy (1) and Max (3) too. Why not? It's a family shop. Max is raising funds for a new digger, while Iggy is working towards some new dinosaur toys.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Extra Curricular is going biannual

EC is put together by an incredibly dedicated and passionate team with each issue featuring up-and-coming artists and makers doing what they do for the love of it.

I started the magazine five years ago because I wanted to showcase all the talented creatives I knew and the beautiful work they were putting into the world. I wanted to tell other people about them by creating what I hoped would be a beautifully packaged journal of creativity.

That desire hasn’t changed. The network of contributors has grown and I’m more inspired than ever by all the new people appearing on the scene.

But to do justice to the people we feature, and to allow those who help put the magazine together enough space to tell their stories, I’ve come to realise that we need to put as much care and dedication into our pages as our subjects do into their own work.

So from next year Extra Curricular will become a twice-yearly magazine, down from its current circulation of three issues per year.

The extra time between issues will give us breathing room between issues, and ensure we’re presenting the magazine and who’s in it in the best light possible.

The new publishing schedule will be roughly six-monthly, with an issue due in November and May of each year.

Subscribe here to get each issue as soon as it drops!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Ritual & Ceremony issue

We're celebrating 5 years of Extra Curricular creativity with issue 16, out this week! Buy herehere or at one of our fantastic independent stockists listed to the right there. Or you could ask Santa for a subscription. That beautiful cover art is by Julia Trybala, who we also interviewed for the issue.

A look inside...

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Extra Curricular Print Fund Sale is on again!

Bag a bargain on Felt or in our store.

Happy Friday: Enemies Yay for your desktop

Cheer up your desktop with some Enemies Yay Love! We turned the cover artwork by Laura Blythman and Pete Cromer into a downloadable wallpaper which will certainly, as Laura and Pete say, make your eyeballs happy. Grab it here.