Events

Peel Eezy’s Art Classroom at HZ

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Recently we invited pop up proposals for the use of the space upstairs at HZ, hoping to provide some much needed space and opportunities to creative folk in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival. One such proposal came from the dynamic duo that is Peel Eezy!

Peel Eezy is the collaborative practice of Gemma Crook and Mina Heydari-Waite, two artists based in Edinburgh city. They are interested in access to art institutions, artist run spaces and arts education. Together they have created a brand of future imaginary art institutions consisting of a collection of installations, art objects, performances, videos and printed matter.

Enter The Art Classroom, an alternative future conception of art production in collage, crayon and clay.

The classroom consists of a Still Life and Life Drawing Class, hosted by Peel Eezy performing as technician characters. With a fixed looped script our classroom technicians guide matriculated students through the process of creating new art objects “tied to the speculative exchange of money”.

Armed with baskets of sweet mandarins, Peel Eezy approached unsuspecting visitors to HZ, inviting them upstairs to take part in a life drawing class, unlike any other. For one thing, the life model was slowly rotating!

My personal favourite material from the classroom was this peculiar clay that turned into a soft but solid foam.

Visitors were invited to hang their work on the walls afterwards, creating a temporary exhibition space.

There was also a small shop and book stand, with previous works by Peel Eezy and zines by other artists interested in artistic pedagogy.

It was a blast having Peel Eezy here last weekend and if you’d like to keep an eye out for their future events, check out their Instagram !

 

 

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Naoshi’s Sunae Workshop at HZ Shoppe

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Let me give you the inside scoop on the Sunae workshop artist Naoshi led while she was visiting us at HZ Headquarters last Saturday!

Many of you are probably already aware of Naoshi’s amazingly bright and psychedelic art work since its often in our shop but what some of you might not realise is that she uses coloured sand for her creations. This method is called Sunae.

For the drop in workshop, visitors were able to pick one of Naoshi’s DIY sunae kits, featuring some of her cutest designs. Then Naoshi walked them through the process slowly, allowing them to choose whatever colours and combos they liked! Everyone enjoyed learning about Naoshi’s work and process since many of the participants were creative folk as well: artists, musicians, designers. So there was plenty to chat about!

Check out some of cute creations that were made!

It was an event with a couple of surprises. Members of the LA band Thumpasaurus were delighted to stumble across the workshop. The singer actually owns one of Naoshi’s tshirt designs- small world!

Thanks everyone for stopping by! I know Naoshi had a lot of fun getting to meet you all! Including Sunny the dog, our favourite canine customer of HZ.

Make sure to check out Marceline ‘s blog post on her experience in the workshop! Marceline is the creative mind behind Asking For Trouble.

Now don’t be too sad if you couldn’t make it on Saturday. With the help of one of Naoshi’s DIY kits, you too can recreate one of her special works at home! It comes with everything you’ll need and easy to follow instructions. We still have a couple available for £8.50 each in the HZ Shoppe. We have a feeling they’ll be all snapped up soon so come in and see us!

 

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Rent our studio – for free!

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Hidden upstairs from the HZ Shoppe, is a lovely bright studio! It’s a great space for a small workshop or pop-up shop and we’d love to welcome a like minded business to take advantage of it. With this in mind we’d like to offer a free days use to any business holding an event/pop-up shop with us over July and August.

If you’re interested in the space please email with details of what you’d like to use it for. We’re looking for like-minded businesses but are open to all ideas – a workshop, pop-up shop, exhibition space, you name it we’d love to hear about it.

In the past we’ve held exhibitions by Go Uchida, a talk by Leona from (then) Lucky Dip Club, and workshops from I Am Acrylic and Dazed Dorothy, all of which were well received and fully attended.

Now for some serious stuff –  you will need to provide all tables and equipment and advertise your own event, however we’re totally happy to blog about it and have flyers/posters in the shop. Any further days hire will be charged at £40 + VAT per day (discount for more than 3 consecutive days and more for longer term events), and the event must take place within our opening hours (you will be able to set up/take down the day before/after). We will hold a small deposit to secure your dates and to be returned after the space is vacated in the same condition as it was hired out. Please note that we will choose ideas that we feel fit best with the Hannah Zakari vibe.

Interested? Email me, Rachael, at hannahzakari@gmail.com with your idea and what you plan to do and when you’d like to do it, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

 

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Go Uchida: Poetry and Design

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We love our  yearly visits from Japanese Poet and Designer Go Uchida, and this year we’re excited to host his new exhibition of poetry and artwork at the HZ Shoppe from October 23rd – 27th.

As always there will be a reading night and this will be on Thursday 27th from 6pm onwards (reading starts at 6.30). We hope you can join us for a relaxed evening of poetry and a wee dram of whisky.
poetryanddesign_omoteGo Uchida is based in Matsumoto, Japan. He studied law at university where he continued to teach himself graphic design and write poetry, eventually publishing his poetry collections and hold exhibitions and readings in Japan. He now travels to Scotland every year to experience the landscape and culture that inspire his art. You can see some of his design works on his website at http://oo53.com/category/design/.

This is the third time Go has held his exhibition with Hannah Zakari however, this is the first time he has brought his art/design work to Scotland.

Edinburgh
[exhibition]
23rd—30th October 2016
at. Hannah Zakari
43 Candlemaker Row Edinburgh
Monday—Friday: 12noon—5.30pm
Saturday: 11am—5.30pm
Sunday: 12.30pm—5pm
 
[reading]
read new book “The Long Journey”
6.30pm–8pm Thu 27th October
doors open at 6pm / free entry / the new book is on sale
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New Book of the collected poems “The Long Journey”
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“The Long Journey” is a new book of the collected poems written about the scenery and people of Scotland, Ireland and Sweden in 2014, 2015. The book design is truly unique and you can enjoy these poems in Japanese and English with beautiful photographs.
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I Am Acrylic Jewellery Making WORKSHOPPE!

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I’m super excited to announce that the lovely Ruth and Brendan from I Am Acrylic are visiting our little shoppe to hold a jewellery making workshoppe on Saturday June 11th.

I AM Acrylic Workshoppe Poster

The workshop is aimed at complete beginners or those with a little jewellery making experience who would like to learn how to work with acrylic – but we’ll have no lasers here, you will design, hand cut and assemble your very own piece of jewellery in a 2 and a half hour session.

Examples from previous workshoppe designs!

Examples from previous workshoppe designs!

By the end of the session you should have the knowledge confidence and skills to have a go in the comfort of your own home. All materials and tools are provided so you just need to bring yourself and plenty of ideas of what you’d like to make!

To book for the morning session *click here*.

To book for the afternoon session *click here*.

Once you have booked I Am Acrylic will be in touch with more info so you can think about your design beforehand!

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Go Uchida Poetry Exhibition Friday 18th April -Tuesday 29th April 2014

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We’re doing something a little bit different at HZ this April; A poetry reading and exhibition by Japanese designer and poet Go Uchida.

We’ll be having an opening party and poetry reading with Go on Friday 18th April from 7pm – 9pm. Please see our facebook event for details and to RSVP. All welcome!

His exhibition of seven poems will run in the Shoppe from Friday April 18th to Tuesday 29th April.

In his own words:

[ Prologue ]
That was one winter. A poet came to our island to find silent verse. He walked the streets, danced on the snow field, played with a dog, he was blown by sea winds, got moderately drunk, and lived in a garret. He disappeared before we knew it, and there was no one left but seven poems…

[ Introduction ]
In the winter of 2013, a Japanese poet Go Uchida stayed in Scotland. While he lived in Edinburgh, he also travelled to the countryside, he saw a lot of scenery and met a lot of people and wrote seven poems. This spring, seven poems will change into seven handwritten posters, and return with him to Edinburgh, Scotland. Please listen to the new stories of Scotland written with a creative sense of a Japanese poet.

[ Profile ]
Go Uchida was born in Hiroshima Japan in 1983. He studied law at university as well as writing poems and designing graphic images on his own. His first book of poems “Backyard” and second book of poems “Confession” was privately published in 2003 and 2004. His picture book “Raven the storyteller” was published in 2009, and his allegory “Okonomori” was published in 2011, by the Sloth Club. And his third book of poems “Akichi-no-Katte (Rules in the vacant land)” was published in 2012, and his poetry card series “flower in the garden of poetry” was published in 2013, on his own . His creative works are full of allegory, satire, and humor.

Check out Go’s website here!

 

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Signing and numbering the poetry posters.

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David O’Doherty Secret Gig!

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Last week we had a real treat at the HZ Shoppe when our favourite comedian David O’Doherty popped in to say hello. He’s been coming to the shop for a couple of years now when the festival is on so it was a surprise see him out of season. Anyway, one thing led to another and before we really had time to think about it we ended up holding a very small, intimate impromptu gig in the shop after closing time!

He came along with his tiny keyboard and entertained us all with material which will eventually end up in his new show that he’ll be performing in all it’s polished glory at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in a few weeks time. It really was a wonderful night and our love for David has got a little out of control since!

Thanks to the 25 or so people (and lovely wee doggy!) who came along,  I do hope we’ll see you again soon, maybe even at another secret gig… you never know!

Rachael x

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