Why trifolds are one of the best freebies to give away at haiku conferences

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IMG_8756If you’re a Haiku Canada member you’re familiar with trifolds since there are usually one or two included with the Haiku Canada Review.

A few years back, Michael Dylan Welch started creating his own trifolds to share his haiku with attendees at conferences.

Today, trifolds are one of the most popular freebies at haiku conferences. They’re made of one sheet of paper printed double sided, and folded like a brochure.

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Letting Go: haiku & haiga (interior), by Naia

When designing a trifold, pay attention to the cover since it’s the first thing people will see. Make sure the cover has an attractive picture, a title, your name.

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Letting Go: haiku & haiga (cover), by Naia

The back of the trifold usually holds bio-bibliographical and contact information.

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A Common Touch (back), by Michael Dylan Welch

You can create a trifold using the theme of the conference.

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Autumn Haiku, by Barbara Hay ; Autumn Madness, by Beverly Acuff Momoi ( HNA 2015)

Since trifolds are one of the most popular format, you’ll have to make sure your trifold stands out. Here are some examples of creative trifolds.

Zigzag

Here’s a trifold (by Dianne Garcia) folded in a zigzag.  It’s printed on one side only. What’s great about the zigzag fold is that the trifold can stand on a table.

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Trifold, by Dianne Garcia

Four-folds

Randy Brooks created a narrow four-folds brochure for HNA 2015.

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Haiku with legs (cover), by Randy Brooks (HNA 2015)

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Haiku with legs (interior), by Randy Brooks (HNA 2015)

Cut-out

Michael Dylan Welch always have amazing trifolds that he gives away at each haiku conference. On his website Graceguts, you’ll find the files available to download for personal use.

I especially enjoy A Common Touch with its original cut-out triangle.

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A Common Touch (cover), by Michael Dylan Welch

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A Common Touch (interior), by Michael Dylan Welch

If you haven’t decided what to bring at the next haiku conference, trifolds are an excellent choice since they can be done quickly, and printed at home.

You’ll find brochures templates in most software like Word, InDesign. Insert your haiku, and voilà.

HNA 2017 recently announced the number of registered attendees have reached 200.  Prepare to make at least 200 copies of your brochures (which could cost around $75). If you have them done at the print shop, they can even fold them for you.

Is your freebie ready for HNA and Seabeck? Are you bringing a bookmark, postcard, trifold, something else?

 

 

The life-changing magic of tidying up

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magicA few months ago, after reading the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, I went through my bookshelves and, like the author prescribed, asked myself only one question: does this book make me happy? If not, it went in a suitcase.

At the end of the afternoon, the suitcase was full and there was lots of free space on my shelves for the stuff I really cared about. It was an amazing feeling.

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Recently I was preparing for a trip so I grabbed a suitcase and was surprised to find it full of books. It seems I had neglected the last step of the tidying up process which is to get rid of the stuff right away.

This morning, I hauled the suitcase to my local second-hand bookstore.

As the clerk went through the books, I felt a bit naked. The books revealed a lot about me, my personality, my interests. I felt self-conscious.

Bu then I realized: “This is not who I am, it’s who I was.”

A lot of these books I was selling because I had moved on to other interests or hobbies. The books I cared about were at home. The real me was at home. On my shelf.

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Haigabun (a haibun accompanied by a haiga) is a technique started by Line Michaud. In here, I try my own version: a haibun followed by a comic.

Travellers Dream

Watch Travellers Dream, a beautiful haiga-renku sequence by Ron C. Moss and Jim Swift on Vimeo.

“Traveller’s Dream is a renku-like sequence of haiga using a new format. Each verse links to 2 images and each image (except first and last) links to two verses.

“Ron wrote the first (3-line) verse to link to my starting image and the also provided an image to link to the same verse. Jim then wrote a 2-line verse to link to Ron’s image and also provided an image to link to his verse, and so on.”

— Jim Swift (published in Haigaonline volume 14 issue 2 October 2013)