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 extracurricularnz@gmail.com).

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.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Martha Goes Green Volume 2

I came into possession of this pretty book just before Christmas and since then I have made a good effort at Julie & Julia-ing it, making olive pesto spaghetti, chickpea patties, smokey eggplant dip, Bircher, crêpes, smashed avocado and dukkah to start with... 

The latest edition from vegetarian stalwarts Martha Goes Green is full of simple, wholesome food that isn't just for non meat-eaters. A beautiful book (and practical, with its sit-open-flat spiral binding) which begs to be dog-eared and spilled on, it features crisp design, delicious photography and illustration, as well as a custom title font in the perfect shade of green

A few of these recipes have had previous incarnations in Extra Curricular, including these snacking staples: Chocolate Date Balls, which they have kindly allowed us to share the recipe for here.

Chocolate date balls
w almonds & coconut
makes 16 / cane sugar free / food processor required

These nutritious little balls are the perfect snack to keep on hand for when you need a sweet pick me up. If you have the time, toast half of the desiccated coconut in a skillet on medium heat until most of the flakes have turned golden brown. Use this toasted coconut to coat the balls for a nuttier, crispier coating. Coconut oil can be replaced with rice bran or macadamia nut oil. If you have natural almonds on hand you can use these in place of blanched almonds.

1 cup (160g) blanched almonds
1 cup fine desiccated coconut
400g (2 1/2 cups) dried pitted dates
1/4 cup LSA mix
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup raw cacao (sub with un-sweetened cocoa powder)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt flakes

Place almonds in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add to a large bowl with 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut.

Halve dates to ensure they are all pitted. Place dates, LSA, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cacao, cinnamon and salt in a food processor. Process until the mixture resembles a paste. Add to bowl with almonds and coconut and mix to combine.

Divide and roll mixture into 16 even sized balls.

Spread remaining 1/2 cup of coconut on a plate and roll each ball in the coconut to coat.

Refrigerate in an airtight container for at least 4 hours to set.

And here are some of the gorgeous spreads from the book:

Grab your copy here & support indie publishing at its finest!

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, 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, 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!