There’s a great new effort underway to document the everyday fabricators, makers, crafters, and artists at the heart of today’s DIY movement. Its called Makeshift Magazine: A Journal of Hidden Creativity and their first issue is out. If you support their launch by contributing to their Kickstarter campaign, you’ll get a copy!
While the magazine wants to “rethink” the nature of creativity (hm) I’d value it for the insight into the ground-level reality of people united by the common urge to produce. Something. Anything. To take the stuff that surrounds us, animate it with a new life. Derive new value from it. Sustain a livelihood by rounding off the corners of a wasteful economic system. I think this could be one of the most exciting publications you’ll ever get the chance to build. Its a diving board at the precipice of a great fault. Its Duck Tape joining the corrective mechanisms of a wasteful North with the survival imperative of a restrained Global South. Its the present as prologue.
My greatest ambition for this new venture is threefold: demonstrate a viable model of a globally-street-sourced glossy culture rag; explore (and be real about) the intersection of esthetic and survival; and cultivate greater mainstream interest in products produced by and within secondary markets.
Good luck Makeshift!