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TiNA 2010, or Casual Work Has Some Timetabling Drawbacks

So you know it already but the This Is Not Art Festival, and more specifically the National Young Writers’ Festival, kicks off this Thursday 30th September til Monday 4th October in Newcastle. I’ve attended the last 3 years, and wrote about last year’s experience here, but I think I’ve filled my quota of zine fairs for 2010 + I’m really tired + I can’t get the time off work. So unfortunately this unholy trifecta (as well as some other inconsequentials) means that the fetus and I won’t be having a Tiny Paper Hearts stall at The Sunday Fair.

But it behooves me to recommend the NYWF program, as there is some plenty interesting stuff being done by plenty interesting people – Bastian Phelan, John Stevens, Leigh Rigozzi, Lisa Dempster and Vanessa Berry to mention a few. Can I also make a couple of musical recommendations? Grouper will be playing as part of the TiNA Showcase gig on the Saturday and kyü will be playing at Soundclash on the Sunday. Both should be excellent shows that I’m pretty bummed at missing (although luckily Grouper’s playing at the Sandringham the following weekend).

Anyways, have an excellent time if you’re heading to Newcastle. Catch you on the flip side.

x Amanda


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TiNA 2009 update!

Ok, so I intended to take all these photos and attend as many panels/workshops/launches as humanly possible and write this huge update about the annual This is Not Art festival in Newcastle but it didn’t quite work out like that. I camped at Tent City, and my tent collapsed every night because of my non-existent camping skills, my camera battery ran out on the second day and I got rained on repeatedly. BUT, I had an amazing time [most of the time].

A couple of the highlights included midnight swimming at the [absolutely freezing] Newcastle baths, the presentation by the Canberra and Sydney Dorkbots, the roundtable at Staple Manor about printing techniques and the Rizzeria, the Totoro’s Tea House Grand Opening on Friday night which featured an amazing lecture on disco called ‘You Can’t Stop the Musing’ by Craig Schuftan…

Craig Schuftan

…and some beautiful musical sets by Maddy and Pip. If you stop by the Tea House I recommend a pot of Earl Grey and Red Flower tea or the fruity iced tea.

Indie-Breaky Heart

The Great Gatsby Ball on Saturday night contained some excellent party times and it was heartwarming to see so many people make the effort to dress up. The Spelling Bee at The View Factory was pretty fun and the Sunday zine fair was, as always, completely packed and non stop selling/trading all day.

Below are our amazing felt doppelgangers made by the fetus!

Tiny Paper Hearts Stall.

I always look forward to the fair, it’s wonderful to see so many regular zinemakers turn up and I finally put some faces to the names of people I know from interstate. And there were so many lovely people that I met throughout the festival who also stopped by the table, which was really nice. If you traded or bought our zines, thank you! We’d love to hear from you if you picked up our zines, please let us know what you thought by emailing tinypapermail [at] gmail [dot] com. Or, if you didn’t get to make it to the fair you can always trade by mailing your zine to the address on the right.

And that’s pretty much it. I’m really really really happy to be at home with a proper shower and a warm bed but at the same time incredibly inspired. Although I have to say I think the zinemaking may be on hiatus for a little bit while I recover. Did anyone else catch anything amazing at TiNA?

x amanda

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Feed the birds!

As we mentioned in the previous post Susy Pow of Bird in the hand zine Distro has just opened up a lovely zine shop in Newcastle. She is still running her online shop but now you can also go and browse in the flesh, what a delight! Also in store is a photocopier where you can run wild on 3c per side photocopies of your own zines. She is also looking for more zines to stock on consignment so get in touch with her asap via zineshop [at] gmail [dot] com.

I’ve made up a little flyer for Susy below, so feel free to repost this wherever you can to gather support for our bird loving friend.


– fetus

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T.I.N.A Zine Fair Wrap up!

After only getting an hours sleep the night before T.I.N.A Zine Fair I’m pretty happy to be writing this blog the day after it, in bed, somewhat rested. The zine fair was pretty amazing, so many zines and zine makers! We had a really busy day and between Amanda and I we sold and traded over 100 zines! So thank you to all who came and traded and bought our zines it was a really great day.
This is not art Zine Fair

This is not art Zine Fair

If you would like to trade zines with us or write to us you can send mail to:
Tiny paper hearts
P.O. Box 392


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This Is Not Art Zine Fair 2008

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This sunday is there will be a buzzing hive of creative activity located in Newcastle’s Civic Park. This Is Not Art Zine Fair will include Artists Market, Zine and Independent Publishing Fair, solar powered outdoor stage with special guest performances, other performances and readings at the National Young Writers’ Festival Super Picnic. So don’t be lazy, hop on a train with a bunch of friends and make a day of it.

TIME: 12.00 – 17.00

Amanda and I will be there representin’, so make sure you come and say hi and trade zines with us.
Hope to see you all there!

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This Is Not Art 2008

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Its official, registration for zinesters and crafters for This Is Not Art (T.I.N.A) Zine fair & Artist Markets are now open. The zine fair will be held in Civic Park in Newcastle on the 5th of October and they are currently calling out to all us Stall Holders.

The markets will host an array of goods including badges, books, cards, clothes, comics, cupcakes, flags, hats, hoodies, miniatures, mix tapes, patches, pins, post cards, posters, prints, puppets, recordings, tea-cups, toys, t-shirts & zines etc.

As stated on the website the Sunday Fair day includes Artists Market, Zine and Independent Publishing Fair, solar powered outdoor stage with special guest performances, other performances and readings at the National Young Writers’ Festival Super Picnic.

TIME: 12.00 – 17.00
They supply the tables and chairs, beautiful shade in the park (bring rocks or pegs to hold down your zines, because they will fly away), variety of food stalls and good crowds.

NB: Tables are 2.3M
– 1/2 table for individuals $20
– Full table for collectives (get some friends together) $40
– Full table for retailers or distros $50
– Plus $5 for Public Liability Insurance – PLI is required for stallholders.

If you only have zines make sure you contact zinefair.nywf[at]gmail.com to register because
NYWF offer you FREE registration. Everyone else must contact the Sunday Fair Co-Ordinator via email: thisisnotartmarkets[at]gmail.com

So that’s the low down. Find out more info at the this is not art.org

Also if you are finding the stall prices a tad steep for your budget make sure you come along anyway and trade your zines, it will be a big old zine fest, you will be drooling by the end of the day.



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