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Free to Feed x Hungry Workshop's 'Potluck' Cookzine

Creative People

Our friends at Free to Feed have joined forces with the awesome team at Hungry Workshop and a brilliant group of local illustrators for their debut cookzine: Potluck!

Featuring a diverse collection of recipes and stories brought to Australia by people seeking asylum, the fundraising publication will be launched with a celebration and print exhibition, on tomorrow night in Northcote – don’t miss it!

6th December, 2017

Free to Feed have teamed up with the generous folk at Hungry Workshop and a team of brilliant local illustrators for their debut, fundraising cookzine Potluck! Photo – Mark Lobo.

The Potluck cookzine is available online or in-person at the launch and prints exhibition, Thursday December 7th, 6 – 9pm at Hungry Workshop in Northcote. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

‘The illustrators put so much heart into this project and even attended an intimate cooking class with Charu from Free to Feed!’ says Loretta Bolotin. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Some of Free to Feed team, Hungry Workshop crew and illustrators involved in the project. Back row, left to right: Ellen Porteus, Evie Cahir, Oslo Davis, Spencer Harrison and Simon Hipgrave. Front row, left to right: Isabel Johnson, Bonnie Eichelberger, Charumathi, Alice Oehr, Jenna Hipgrave and Loretta Bolotin. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

‘”Potluck” is simply a snapshot of the Free to Feed experience,’ says Jenna Hipgrave of Hungry Workshop. Photo – Mark Lobo.

Hungry Workshop have long been active supporters of Free to Feed, attended their events and being heavily involved in Free to Feed’s visual identity. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Hungry Workshop wanted the design of this letterpress publication to reflect the way a Free to Feed cooking class feels. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

The illustrators were curated by Hungry Workshop based on their complementary yet distinct styles that were suitable for letterpress printing. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

As part of the fundraiser, a series of limited-edition prints framed by United Measures have all been letterpress printed by hand on Hungry Workshop’s Asbern Proof Press. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Elle Murrell
Wednesday 6th December 2017

Potluck is simply a snapshot of the Free to Feed experience.’ – Jenna Hipgrave, Hungry Workshop.

For their Christmas party last year, the Hungry Workshop team took part in a Feed to Feed cooking class. ‘Everyone had such a fantastic time cooking and hearing about Nayran’s journey to Australia from Syria,’ recalls Co-Founder, Designer and Letterpress Printer Jenna Hipgrave. ‘We love our community, and decided that we wanted to support the project in our own way by doing something that would help raise funds, as well as giving people a taste of what Free to Feed does.’

The generous local business came up with the idea for a ‘cookzine’ that would compile delicious recipes with beautiful illustrations, and at the same time show their appreciation for the diverse cultures that make up our community. ‘We were so humbled and really pumped to be a part of their altruistic and creative endeavour,’ comments Loretta Bolotin, Co-founder and Creative Director of Free to Feed. ‘It’s a small but diverse collection of recipes and stories brought to Australia by people seeking asylum, including recipes from Iran, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Syria,’ she adds, ‘…the kind of dishes you’d be proud to cook up for your own potluck celebrations this festive season!’

Northcote-based Hungry Workshop approached sponsors and curated a star-studded line-up of Melbourne illustrators including Carla McRae, Spencer Harrison, Oslo Davis, Evie Cahir, Ellen Porteus and Alice Oehr for the project. Isabel Johnson of Ed Supreme also generously donated her time and writing expertise to work with each of the contributing cooks to convey their stories as well as recipes found in the zine.

Hungry Workshop really strove to design the publication in a way that reflect the feel of a Free to Feed cooking class. ‘There are all kinds of different people coming together to share food and their experiences so we used a range of typefaces with a broad and energetic colour palette,’ explains Jenna. For the cover, they utilised unique in-house techniques, including rainbow holographic foil and letterpress printing in yellow ink. And going above-and-beyond, a series of limited-edition illustration prints have also all been letterpress printed by hand on their Asbern Proof Press and kindly framed by United Measures.

‘Hopefully those that have been to Free to Feed will enjoy reliving the experience through the publication, and those that haven’t yet will be inspired to come along to a class,’ says Jenna. ‘Everyone loves food, everyone loves stories, everyone loves art; ‘Potluck’ has something for everyone!’

The Potluck cookzine is available online here or in-person at:

‘Potluck’ cookzine launch and prints exhibition
Thursday December 7th, 6 – 9pm.
Hungry Workshop
461 High Street Northcote

Free to Feed are also really excited to have recently launched their own range of herbs and spice blends, available from their online store – useful, aromatic stocking fillers for everyone!?

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