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Counterpoint

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Counterpoint

The tactile quality of a magazine has always been a clincher for me. Counterpoint winked at me from across the shop, with its grey paper, neutral splash of blue and bolt of pink. It truly is a beautiful thing to behold and simply done, too, which I guess makes it all the more special. Such effortless aesthetic is often very hard to pull off. A limited edition of 250, Counterpoint imbues ever more attractive and unique details: printing via risograph using recycled paper and soy-based inks. The typography and bespoke illustrations are printed using only neon pink, teal and black....

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Sketch Appeal

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Sketch Appeal

Never before has sketching had so much sass. Sketch Appeal is a freewheeling, straight-talking romp through creative expression through the simple act of drawing. There’s no need to fork out for bespoke paints or fancy brushes, this is where art is utterly accessible and, above all, welcoming. Here, the pen and pencil reign and they are mighty. Pick up your instrument of choice and dive in. Founded by London-based Dulcimer Draws, Sketch Appeal already has a broad fanbase and holds regular gatherings in London to unify fellow women artists and sketchers in zine-making and workshops. With the publication of its...

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Homesick

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Homesick

Such is my tumbling mind that I’m on a self imposed Reddit ban and limit my Youtubing to two videos a day. I always want to know more but I have to stop myself. I can read the IMDb trivia about a film I’ve just watched, but can’t allow myself any further searching, because link-click becomes link-click becomes link-click becomes 3am. Homesick is the result of the same restless – but importantly, productive – curiosity. Yes, it’s a deep-dive particularly interesting to the culturally aware, but unlike hitting ‘I’m feeling lucky’ on an obscure Google search, the findings shine from...

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Bumble

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Bumble

Bumble came to us hand delivered in a soft swathe of white tissue paper, the shimmering green of the carapace of a Rose Chafer just glimmering through. This is what a magazine is meant to do: entice at first glance. Soft to the touch, Bumble is completely recycled and printed with vegetable-based inks. A biannual magazine, it celebrates British wildlife and nature. It’s a proactive guide of our natural world, showcasing the makers and doers in our country. The land is not yet barren. In fact, it’s brimming with life, and Bumble makes a strident case for it. As Megan...

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Elementum

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Elementum

Sometimes the world can seem a dark and foreign place, where the news spews doom and gloom at every turn and nothing can be done. It’s very easy to get stuck within the humdrum of life, believing that it has never been any different. Elementum inspires you to look upwards at the clouds and the birds, to truly see the trees and wildlife around you, and the people who dedicate their lives to it. Just as we continually seem to separate mind and body, we separate ourselves from the world we inhabit. Elementum is not only a journal of nature...

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