A new project from The Textile Blog will be launched soon. It is to be a regular magazine that will project aspects of the creative arts through the work of regular artists from across the disciplines, not just textiles. Therefore, artists will be chosen from backgrounds in ceramics, glass, mixed media, 3D, fine art painting, basketry, land art, printmaking, illustration, and so on. I must admit that I have been mulling this idea over for a while now, and at last, it does seem that its moment has arrived.
The title Inspirational was obviously not chosen by accident. The fact that inspirational and aspirational are also one letter away from each other is also not a coincidence. The magazine is to be one that shows the best that can be found within the human creative outlook on life, one that helps us understand the perspective that we all deeply share with the world around us. The magazine will be inspirational in sharing the importance that creative artists find in their understanding, through their work, of the value to be found in the non-material over the material, the unchanging over the immediate, perception over supposition, and so on. It is about the value of the perception of life, rather than over the perception of things.
In this respect, the magazine will not dwell so much on artist techniques, where work has been shown or sold, or what the artist had for breakfast. Instead, the magazine will concentrate on how each artist perceives the world around them and how that unique perception in turn becomes projected back onto the world through their work. It is the unique journey through life that we must all take, that in the end is of real importance.
The first issue will feature articles about the work of Elizabeth Bunsen, Melanie Ferguson, Louise O'Hara, Shannon Weber, Jude Hill, Dietmar Voorwold, Amy Genser, and Joanie Gagnon San Chirico. All articles will be written by me, which I know is a lot of work, but to get this unique magazine out there, it has to be done.
This will be an online magazine, and not a paper one. There are a number of reasons for this. It means, for example that the magazine can be bought quickly and easily anywhere on the planet. Another and more personal reason is that I have a particular policy regarding paper. As far as my own writing output is concerned, whether through The Textile Blog articles or books that I have published, my paper trail is minimal, in fact I no longer own a printer. The more trees I can leave standing and huggable, the easier I will sleep at night - I have a thing about trees! However, as stated, this is a personal stand and not one that is judgemental of others. We all use materials that we need and value, and that is as it should be.
I have no intention of seeing any of the other rich and varied creative arts magazines that are already on the market, as rivals. I don't do competition, and therefore see the Inspirational magazine as an important addition to the media, not a replacement. However, I do think that this particular magazine will be able to show another facet of what it is to be a creative individual, and to allow people from varied backgrounds, to share in the experience that is that of the creative artist. I hope you will agree.
The magazine will be out on sale in October, but I will be regularly putting publicity out there on The Textile Blog twitter, facebook, and google+ sites, so no one will be able to miss the launch!