I tend to be more conservative with my personal print purchases due to limited storage space in my apartment but I've been lucky enough to co-curate a small pop up zine shop this year at MASS Gallery here in Austin which has been a dream. With much more space available in the shop, I've had the chance to get to talk to some of my favorite zinesters and artists and finally get my hands on all the zines and magazines I've been admiring from afar for months. A handful of the ones on my list are featured in the shop while others I have bought for myself - so basically I can guarantee you that all of these are 100% awesome IRL.
Synonym is an Austin-based magazine currently on its third issue. For a magazine focused on art and fashion, I was both surprised and pleased to find it had a sense of humor. Nothing is more of a bummer to me than the combiantion of impeccable taste and being super serious about it. The graphic design and layouts in the newest issue are A+.
Risograph zine printed by Chicago zine & print operation, Tan & Loose Press. All the items they create are equally are bright, colorful and fun. I actually got my copy yesterday in the mail and it completely made my day.
During my last year of undergrad studying art history, I wrote my big thesis paper on 'hands.' Specifically, neurotic hands from Viennese portraiture aka the best kind. Oskar Kokoschkaand Egon Schiele are some of my all around favorite guy artists (I'm more of a lady artist fan if you didn't already know...) and it was fascinating getting to research early twentieth century beliefs about the links between psychology and the physical appearance of the body. Perhaps my favorite aspect of modernism was how all areas of the arts, philosophy and sciences intersected and directly influenced each other which is clearly evident if you compare Viennese portraiture and photographs from scientific studies of the time . While that hasn't been completely lost in contemporary art, I don't ever really get the impression that such a wide range of overlap happens today. That being said, I've really been digging all the hand prints on the runway and on objects by my favorite makers. While some of these hands have more of a mythical and astrological feel, I like to think that there's a slight nod to an earlier era of art and design.
So I moved to New York! I can say that now that I have an apartment. The process took a little longer than intended after having my heart on a place that wasn't meant to be after all, but I'm pleased with where I ended up and totally ecstatic that I managed to get it locked down before the enormous generosity of the series of friends with fluffy cats who let me crash in spare bedrooms dried up.
It's been a little weird so far without an established daily routine (and until kinda recently, no room to call my own) to center me. Adding to the strangeness: I keep running into people I know or have interacted with in the most fleeting way (internet friends at the grocery store, girls I knew in college who I wish I'd stayed in touch with at a coffee shop, a waiter from brunch saying hi at a bar later on that very boozy day, a musician I interviewed years ago glued to his phone and definitely not grocery shopping at Whole Foods.) It's all left me with the feeling that New York City is somehow the smallest place I've ever lived.
ANYWAY, let's not turn this into a What Moving To New York Was Like For Me thinkpiece. The point of this post was supposed to be that I am hardcore into decorating my new place right now. Scouring eBay/Etsy (and wherever else I can think of) to see if the geometric copper pull knobs I've envisioned for my dresser exist in real life. Thinking critically about what kind of quilt is the most me. Researching varieties of plants won't make my roommate's cat throw up (he looks just like mine, but unlike my own, is a total plant eater.) And then once I have plants, I'll need cute things to put them in! Currently eyeing these Lady Planters over at The Sill.
Boobs & greenery! What more could you want? Well, actually, a nice mid-century dresser, an actual bed frame, shelves, a closet, more space for it all...but you know what I mean.