We get a lot of amazing things sent to us in the mail so we thought we’d share some of them with you in one big post. We like getting exciting mail its always a great start to the day so please send us more stuff and see it featured in our next Studio Mail post.
Trap magazine is a music and lifestyle based publication with the ‘Bass Music’ generation as a main hub. Directing all its visual and editorial content to people with an interest in all things bass, Trap brings a heavy mix of interviews with the hottest artists of the moment alongside reviews and informative guides on upcoming events with an indication of the best places to be in sequence.
This bi-monthly magazine is purely music based but keeps itself ever current by keeping a firm grip on the fashion and lifestyle that develops alongside the music culture giving its readers an insight into a society rather than limiting itself to just one element.
Informative and passionate, with a clean design and content Trap remains accessible and brings everything its reader loves into a single product.
kus! :: Baltic Comics Magazine #15
This magazine is a devoted A6 collection of full colour, perfect bound comics and features comics from both international and Latvian artists, and published by kus!(koosh). The central theme of this magazine changes with every new issue and this particular issue #15 focuses around the theme of ‘Cats’ over its 164 pages. Eclectic in its mix of artists and styles there is something for everyone, through the exploration of cat’s thoughts and physicality’s. kus! strives to promote and establish comics in countries where the medium is scarce.
Elly Maddock :: Prints
Here are some lovely handmade sketchbooks/notebooks by Elly Maddock. Hand screen printed with very bold, playful patterns on A6 and A5 sized books, they have a very tactile feel to them. Simple shape, line and colour are a key element in Elly’s design and pattern, these blend well to compliment and contrast each other resulting in aesthetically enjoyable prints. She has also applied her designs to other materials and created quirky clothing designs using rhetorical pattern.
Elly is currently studying surface design in London and her hand printed designs are available to buy online from http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Bloiing
Alvar Magazine :: Issue One
Alvar magazine is a style magazine with a difference. Trends are not what’s important but it is the stories behind the style and how it has stood the test of time. With slick photography, design and a nice balance of empty space this publications editorial and design synchronise beautifully. Style and culture is the core of Alvar but there is an exploration into the correlation between style, culture, creativity and society and it’s the relationships that tell the stories.
The team now live in East London but ‘come with a Nordic twist and a limitless curiosity for the rest of the world.’ The creative’s behind Alvar are culturally curious with open minds believing in more than just a cover, ‘style, but never without substance’ and have a mini manifesto printed on the back of this first issue bringing an insight into their thought process and their values as a creative team.
Made in Arts London (MiAL) #1
Made in Arts London (MiAL) begun in 2011 and is a commercial platform which provides the students and graduates of University of the Arts London with a opportunity to begin selling their work and gain experience in their chosen creative industry, as well as a creating the possibility to support the emerging creative talent. MiAL has lead and collaborated on live events and pop up stores as well as exhibitions alongside their online work.
This is MiAL’s first publication and the main focus for this issue (#1) is fine art. Having carefully selected 20 artists to be featured with an aim to inspire the publication celebrates the commitments of each individual to their practice. Over the 78 pages each selected artist is able to exhibit examples of their work and present an overview of their practice and inspirations along with a short interview offering an insight into their thought and working processes.
Barbara Stok :: Vincent
SelfMadeHero are an independent publishing house committed to producing graphic novels and visual narratives that ‘provoke, entertain, inspire and inform.’
Vincent is a graphic novel that documents Van Gogh’s life and creativity during his stay in Provence along with his love of the landscape and his art. The narrative then leads onto his attacks of mental illness and disorientation, which resulted in him cutting off part of his ear. This novel brings a fresh perspective on the biographical story of Van Gogh with colourful illustrations throughout, taking the reader on a complex journey in a purely visual form due to the simplicity of the illustrations and minimal text. This publication is stripped back whilst still retaining all the fundamental facts of Van Gogh’s life, making art history simple.
Eyeball :: Issue 3
Illustrations of violence, danger and filth fill this 54 page publication inspired by comics along with the contributors passion for their craft, which include to name but a few Paul Arscott, Kyle Platts, Betty Black and Robscenity. They have come together to work on this low budget, well produced magazine, playing with imaginations and exploring underground styles creating an alternative subversive world to submerge ourselves in. The British comic publishing house Eyeball Comix supports underground illustrators and offer a medium to express themselves. This publication is not for the faint hearted!
Ben Rider :: Calender 2014
Ben is a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer as well as working at The Print Club as a technician and says that his aim is to ‘make amazing things just for you.’
This bold handmade, screen printed calendar will bring you enjoyment every month of 2014 and includes both new prints and re-worked illustrations using just red, yellow and black ink. Ben’s illustrations throughout this calendar playfully reflect each month of the year and integrate visual communication and function.
‘I specialise in making vibrant, edgy, work with a punky look and feel. My Work is built up from a dense hybrid of drawings, collaged imagery and multi-layered colours. I am a big fan the offsets, drips and fades to create an authentic distressed aesthetic.’
Ben has produced work for clients such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Samsung and University of the Arts London.
The Intentional Magazine :: Issue 2
The Intentional is a publication that explores identity, purpose and lifestyle through selected art and literary quarterly. The definition of success and quality of life changes for everyone from different age groups and social groups, The Intentional looks at the definition from twenty-somethings perspective and explores the means to change as well as what quality of life really is. This publication acts as a voice and a platform for the misunderstood generation to share their thoughts and ideas and think outside the box, with an aim to improve daily lives.
The Magazine likes to discuss the ‘trials and tribulations of young adulthood, health and wellness, global issues, community-building, personal growth, gender and sex, city life, and arts/culture.’ While searching for the solutions to restructure the ‘frustrated generation.’