Thursday, October 25, 2012

Contributor series: Joanna Davies

We met up with one of our regular contributors, Joanna, for a catchup over coffee at Kokako.
Jo started knitting when she was six and practiced for a whole week - baby pink yarn on 5mm needles. After finding it too slow and frustrating, she gave it up, not picking up any needles again until she was 21 and having to learn from scratch again. Jo started her blog, now known as The Knitographer, to document her challenge of learning to knit. She's now at the point where she can get through an easy pair of socks in less than a week, and starting to write her own patterns. Around  knitting and work, Jo writes for several craft magazines including Extra Curricular, where she enjoys meeting like-minded crafty people doing all sorts of exciting projects.

(This gorgeous yarn was hand-dyed by Happy Go Knitty, and you can buy some here.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Life drawing class

Our current cover illustrator Rebecca ter Borg hosts a Life Drawing session in her studio fortnightly. The next one is this Thursday 25th October. It's a warm and friendly space, bring your sketchpad and pencils, or whatever medium you prefer!

From 7 till 8:30 pm. Upstairs in St Kevin's arcade (the door to upstairs is by Albert Watch), K Rd, Auckland. You can find out a little more here on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Contributor series: Toby Morris

Toby – who drew the singing guitar intro page in issue #9, and who was first featured way back in issue #1 has recently completed a year long project: a daily diary of becoming a first time father. Way to go Toby! Keep a look out for it in print, hopefully some time next year. 

Drawings courtesy of Toby Morris
Photo by Sonya Nagels

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Stockist Series: Magnetix

Extra Curricular is able to keep on keeping on because of our wonderful readers, advertisers, and of course stockists. Magnetix in Wellington are another store who are backing us one hundred percent, pushing the magazine to first-timers and displaying copies in two sections of their lovely new Johnston St store. As well as a HUGE selection of beautiful magazines from all around the world, you can get a mean flat white at their cafe. Just another reason to love Wellington. Caroline from Magnetix kindly let us snap a photo of her and answered a few questions...

What will customers discover at Magnetix?
The widest range of magazines from around the World! We go the extra mile. You can browse the store with a hot cup of great Burton Hollis Coffee along with amazing friendly service.

What's the best thing about coming to work each day?

The people… the fun and great coffee… magazines galore!!

What is one thing you learnt from opening your shop?
A smile goes a long way!!

What's the best-kept secret in your local area?
Rahzoo Cafe's incredible cheese scones and amazing salads – all homemade on site!!


FRIDAY 6:30-6:30 
SATURDAY 9:00 - 5:00
SUNDAYS 9:30-4:30

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Contributor series: Rosa-May Rutherford

Rosa-May has been our distributor extraordinaire for the last year-and-a-bit, as well as photographing and writing for the magazine (in the latest issue she photographed and interviewed Eammon from Ghostwave). She left our shores a month ago in search of adventure and inspiration in Japan – starting in Osaka, she then headed to the rural west coast, then south to the tropical island Okinawa, and now she's exploring Tokyo (where she bumped into Ebony from Hello Sandwich!). Rosa is also an illustrator – she is keeping a visual diary of her trip and she says Japanese girls and their quirky outfits are featuring prominently. Here are some photos of her in Japan and sketches from her visual diary (below). You can see her many talents on her website at