Friday, November 25, 2016

The final edition

And so my friends, the hour is upon us... Extra Curricular has made it to number 20 (which seems so crazy!) and I've decided to call it a day. 

This final edition is the Coming of Age Issue, a theme which came to me as I was looking over the first few issues and cringing a little at the blind confidence and naivety that allowed me to believe I could publish a magazine. (Only a little mind you, because I am a firm believer in jumping in with both feet before you're 'ready'). In any case, I think it's come a long way since then.

The Coming of Age cover, illustrated by Katie Wilson.

From the moment it began eight years ago, it has always been a labour of love, both for me and for all the skilled contributors who make it happen – all in their spare time (more and more of them over the years thank goodness, or I'd still be illustrating the covers myself!)

I have so enjoyed each part (okay, most parts) of the process (getting advertising and chasing up invoices not high on my creative fulfilment list). But the negatives had started to outweigh the positives. I realised it's not something I need to do for many more years – there will be other projects to move onto. At the moment I'm taking a breather and looking forward to making time for some of the hands-on making that got me involved in the craft and design world in the first place. I can't wait!

– Ellie

(I just deleted a whole lot of this post as it was starting to sound like an Oscars speech. I'll put together a separate post of thank yous!)

You can order issue 20 here and here. Here's a look inside:

The Celestial Issue - a quick mention

I came here to post about issue 20 but then realised issue 19 hadn't even had a mention - there are about 12 copies left and I've listed a few 'collector's bundles' of our latest six - which includes even our latest issue! Get 'em while you can.

Our cover was illustrated by Flora Waycott, who has recently moved from Wellington to Sydney. Camille Khouri interviewed her for the issue, and Benjamin and Elise took some beautiful images.

We also spoke to jeweller Cheryl Sills, multi-disciplined illustrator Amane C├írdenas, potter Kirsten Dryburgh and graphite artist Chaya Kasif. In our tutorial section Sonya Nagels makes a Matariki constellation cushion, Amber Armitage shows you how to make a block print and Lisa Craig knits a pair of cosy knitted pompom slippers. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Flora & Fauna issue

Issue 18 is out! We got Laura Shallcrass on board to create a woodland meadow summer vibe for the Flora & Fauna issue, and wrapped her beautifully ornate illustration right round the cover (a first for Extra Curricular). There's a yummy new cover stock, and inside we've freshened up the design too. 

Queenstown cover artist Laura talks about the symbolic patterns that form her illustrations, Vanessa York invites us down to her basement studio for a lesson in natural perfumery and ceramicist Bonnie Hislop discusses the attraction of animals in art. We show you how to make a fresh floral crown, weave a raffia basket, press flowers for a sun catcher and bake a cake with lavender.

Grab one online in our Felt or Big Cartel stores, or at one of our lovely stockists listed here (or drop a hint to Santa). Extra Curricular also makes a great gift to post overseas – just $3.00 to send anywhere in the world.

Wishing everyone a happy summer with plenty of swims and lazy reading time ahead!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Extra Curricular app

In case you didn't catch it first time round, we now have a shiny new app created by the good folk at Almond Publishing available on Apple Newsstand. It's available for iPhone & iPad and you can get yourself the latest issue, a subscription, or even grab any back issues you missed (cheap as chips!)

A few people have asked why we don't have an Android version; the simple truth of the matter is that while we're not ruling it out for the future, we can't afford it right now (this is a bit of an experiment for Extra Curricular). So, apologies to non-Apple users – but we do still post the physical magazine all around the world at very reasonable rates, so there's no need to be without your EC fix! 

 Visuals from our latest edition: The Messy Issue

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Issue 17 correction: kiwifruit & pistachio Eton mess by Martha Goes Green

Guys, we made a blunder in the Martha Goes Green recipe for Eton mess in the current issue, and left out the meringue ingredients! Full recipe below.

kiwifruit & pistachio Eton mess

makes 10-­12 small party sized serves

3 egg whites
1 cup caster sugar

whipped cream:
250g Mascarpone cheese
250g whipping cream
1 vanilla pod, deseeded (sub. with vanilla paste)

chocolate sauce:
50g good quality dark chocolate, broken up
2 tablespoons cream
2 teaspoons caster sugar
small pinch of salt flakes
1 tablespoon boiling water

to serve:
3­-4 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into quarter slices
1/4 cup pistachios, ground to a rough powder
10­-12 muffin/patty cases

Preheat oven to 150 degrees celcius. Line a large oven tray with baking paper.

To make meringues, add egg whites to a large bowl and whisk with an electric beater until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, and whisk until combined. Beat for an extra 1-­2 minutes until glossy and thick. 

Scoop large spoonfuls of mixture onto oven tray, using the back of your spoon to round off edges.

Bake for 35­-40 minutes, or until meringue sounds hollow when tapped. Turn off oven but leave meringues inside while preparing the rest of the dish.

Add cream and mascarpone to a large bowl along with vanilla seeds. Use an electric beater to whip together until peaks form. Set aside.

To make chocolate sauce, add chocolate, cream and sugar to a small pot and place on a low heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved, chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Add salt and stir in water. The sauce should be a drizzling consistency, if too thick, add extra water as required.

To assemble individual Eton mess', separate out patty cases on serving platter. Break up and divide meringue pieces into them. Top with cream, kiwifruit slices, pistachio powder and drizzle with chocolate sauce.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Playing catch-up

This poor blog has been a tad neglected over the past few months, so here is a quick round-up of all Extra Curricular goings-on in the last wee while.

Issue 17 came out (have you got yours?)

We made a matching desktop wallpaper for you to download featuring Helena Leslie's beautiful artwork.

We launched our digital app for iPad & iPhone users.

There's an updated stockist list over on our website.

We're beginning work on November's issue (if you know of someone who'd be perfect for our summer issue, drop us a line at

As always, if you'd like to subscribe we'll love you forever!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Julia Trybala for your desktop

Time for a desktop refresh? Julia Trybala created the cover artwork for the Ritual & Ceremony issue, and we've made it into a desktop wallpaper which you can download here.