Saturday, 23 March 2019

Read & Be Charmed

It's always lovely to come across interesting magazine names that strikes your fancy isn't it? I'm also a sucker for a well designed and artistic cover magazines are always on my radar when I got for a day out somewhere as I like to curl up with a cuppa when I get home and read them in peace. 

I really enjoy losing myself in the ethos of art and culture magazines that resonates with my own personality especially ones featuring nature, home, art and crafts. 

Luckily these days indie magazines abound...and usually they are not full of junky advertising either such as Taproot..

May I recommend a few?

I love Taproot
It is called the magazine for makers, dreamers & Doers and that really perked my ears up. The artwork is very natural and naive and the subjects include crafting, homesteading, the environment, home-making, family, drawing and creativity. Here's a bit about it in its own words...

Established in 2011, Taproot Magazine is an ad-free, independent print publication celebrating food, farm, family, and craft. Our mission is to build and support the vibrant community of people participating in both the practical and fine arts, to craft handmade lives, by producing quality, unique, beautiful, positive, and heartfelt print media and an online marketplace selling a curated selection of prints, craft kits, and handmade goods.

Then there's the elegant Elementum - 
A calm and deep publication with exquisite and refined artworks that complement the academic and sincere writing. They cover storytelling, nature, spirit and this is what they say in summary ...

Connecting To What Matters
Elementum is an independent literary journal with a focus on nature writing and visual storytelling. 

We commission work from both established and emerging writers and artists, actively seeking out voices that speak from differing perspectives and that offer the reader new insights.  

Bringing together the scientist’s findings and the artist’s response, the ecologist’s observation and the writer’s reflection, we ask questions as well as seek to answer them, retaining a sense of wonder at the unseen and unknowable. 

By exploring our connection to nature through stories of transformation and startling imagery, we hope we will better understand our place, our responsibilities and the possibilities open to us.     

Elementum is printed in the UK on high quality uncoated paper and is designed to give the reader space to reflect and absorb ideas, unharried by advertising. 

Guided by a different theme in each edition, Elementum is published twice a year. 

Finally there is Slightly Foxed 
I cannot say that I have read an issue yet as I only discovered it - happily - today. I have just bought April's issue.

From what I can see it will be right up my street. This is what they say about themselves...

A World of Reading
The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine.

Apart from these you also have Kinfolk, Lagom, Cereal, Idler and Another Escape magazines...must read books for artists and creatives and alternative thinkers...enjoy.

Do you have any magazines that you could recommend? Let me know. Thanks

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