Written by Sheryl Burson
Situated just meters away from the futuristic New Lynn train station, it took part as one of the external venues hosting festivities in this years 2019 Auckland Pride Festival. For the event, it hosted the Everything & Everyone Market. Sam Orchard from Rooster Tails (roostertailscomic.com) helped to bring the event together. The aim was a market celebrating arts, crafts, comics and the self-publishing. It was inspired by zinefest and Kraftbomb events, but with a queer edge. The aim was to give rainbow creators a platform for their work and to connect them to the community.
This was Sam's fourth market, the first two during the first two Pride Festivals, and also a Christmas market at Rainbow Youth a couple of years ago. Then things fell slightly by the wayside. With recent events at Pride, he wanted to show support once more and helped bring back the return of the market. A fellow creative Joe Horton, an incredible bookbinder of 15 years experience, really wanted to do a workshop. So the market and a free workshop were brought together.
Joe Horton, a bookbinder with over 15 years experience held a well-attended free workshop on the basic book and Zine binding techniques. The workshop was attended by quite an age-diverse crowd. With his clear instructions, animated delight and obvious knowledge of his craft, Joe gave a great workshop.
There was an incredible mix of different styles of arts and crafts at the market. Some full-time artists, some school-age others there for not-for-profit organisations for fundraising. Taking part in a cause close to their hearts seemed to be a major drawcard, with many pricing items at cost. The atmosphere was fun and incredibly inclusive. Some of the other stall holder at the event included:
Casper Gordon an illustrator and crafter who was selling Zines, prints and hand-made jewellery. Casper discovered his love of illustration and zines with the help of a school art teacher and Casper debuted his first zine at Zinefest 2017. A looming deadline seems to be a spur that helps Casper in his creative output and the markets and festivals definitely spur him on to create his comics and jewellery. It was a combination of his love of storytelling, boredom and expressing himself that resulted in his amazing collection. Boredom at an art course he left, saw him producing many images that became the basis of his colouring books. He uses a combination of hand-drawn images scanned in and digitally edited to produce his work. The prints are the result of working to express the sentiment of a feeling. As I talked to Casper he explained, "I like when I'm able to directly translate a feeling into a picture that is directly translated back, (by the viewer) as a feeling. Because expressing a feeling is really hard."
LOYOLALOYOLA is the brainchild of Isaac Loyola, it's is a 100% queer owned and operated online seller. They sell clothing and gifts that aims to represent the rainbow community with their products. Isaac is a female-to-male transgender man and founder of ProudCampaign.Ph. Isaac hopes to establish LOYOLA as a brand that people can draw courage and confidence from and to uphold their sexuality. The designs are minimally subtle and made to be worn with pride and without the fear of provocation, but brave enough to stand up for things that matter.
Sanidoes & TempestSani Gregory-Moore from Sanidoes shared a stall with Tempest. The world is still playful is the headline on Sani’s Big Cartel shop and is definitely reflected in her colourful and whimsical art (featured in the opening image). You can't look at any of her designs and not feel a great sense of fun and joy. Tempest’s work features both bright and colourful or dark and horrible. She had a mix of traditional and digital art with prints, stickers, zines and hand-sculpted wearable art and pins!
Dianne Ma XiaodaartDianne Ma, possibly one of the youngest stall holder was still at school. In the future, she has ambitions to study at animation school. Her animation style is a mix of Manga meets ethereal beauty. Her ability is well beyond her years. She was selling a range of homemade prints and button badges with original art.
Check out Dianne’s Instagram: instagram.com/xiaodanart
Lindsay HarringtonLindsay was one of the most colourful characters at the market, with hair and outfit that perfectly reflected her art and designs. Slightly surreal, sci-fi and bright stickers, cards and choker designs. She has exhibited at Overload NZ Comic Manga Convention in the past. It is a community-focused annual event where local indie comic and manga artists exhibit and sell their work.
Breaking Boundaries Breaking Boundaries is a non-profit organisation who aims to empower and cultivate local LGBTQI+ creative talent. They do this by developing free/low cost and accessible events, fostering collaboration, and supporting the creative endeavours of others. They had a range of stickers, pins, and other merchandise available to purchase via donation. Donations are reinvested into Breaking Boundaries projects.
Check out their website: breakingboundaries.org.nz
The market was well attended and it was amazing to see the West Auckland community out in force to support the event. It just seems a shame we will have to a while for the next one.
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