Thursday, April 28, 2011

London town

Illustration by Wayne Pate

I am about to get on a plane to go over to the UK for a year, and looking forward to a bunch of fresh inspiration and new adventures. Extra Curricular will carry on with with some wonderful helpers back here and my laptop over there... it sounds crazy but it just might work! It has always been my dream to have a job that I can do from anywhere. So while this isn't exactly a 'job' and will remain an 'extra curricular activity' for me - for now - it's at least a step closer to that dream. Just a warning... there may be some travel posts!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I just realised I'd put this on Facebook but not on the blog, so apologies to those who have already seen it! This little feature was in last week's Viva, a lifestyle/entertainment insert in the NZ Herald. My first PR - I'm not big into it (or very good at it) but I hope it will bring good things for the magazine. Online version here.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Olga working on the book layout - photo by Thomas Dallas Watson

If you have the latest issue you will have seen the wee interview we did with Melbourne photographer Olga Bennett about her new book, 'Environments', featuring the spaces of creative types in and around Melbourne - one of the most inspiring cities around. Olga was also part of the photography featurette in Issue 3 and has taken photos for several of our interviews. Using natural light and film, she always manages to capture the moment perfectly - there's no doubt this will be a gorgeous, inspiring book. As well as the beautiful imagery, there are interviews by Sarah Caldwell. You can pre-order it here, but you don't have long - it'll be printed in early May according to how many orders there are.

A sneaky preview:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Extra Curricular ♥ Letterpress

One for the Wellingtonians... 

Create a one-of-a-kind artwork, learning how to design, typeset, and print an A3 poster using a 19th century letterpress in a special one-day course. Victoria University Community Continuing Education is offering this unique hands-on learning opportunity with Sydney J. Shep, the Printer at Wai-te-ata Press. Courses will be held on Saturday 7 May & Sunday 8 May, 9am-5pm, with places limited to 12 people per day. You'll want to enrol early for this one - and the best thing is, if you do, the Early Bird fee is $180 (enrol before 23 April for the discount).  The full course fee is $200.

For further details or to enrol click here or call (04) 463 6556

Friday, April 1, 2011

Issue 5

The new issue is out, finally. Whew! Here are some pictures.