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Future Fossil Flora

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Future Fossil Flora

On a smooth matt blue cover, a blistering orange bloom curls into view. This is the inaugural issue of Future Fossil Flora, a modern botanical study focusing on a single flower in each edition. The culture of flowers is unrelentingly romantic and the intoxicating poppy, whose head droops as if weighed down by its own connotations, precedes its reputation. Although seemingly conservative, creator Kaley Ross has curated something sublime in its simplicity. With its traditionally formatted text it reads like an academic journal, but the photography and illustration is what sews it together. Its minimalism reflects the unadorned, unpretentious poppy, wreathed...

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Cedar

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Cedar

Cedar is a new addition to the developing mash-up genre of sophisticated gardening, photography and lifestyle that’s proving hugely popular at the moment. The Bath-based creators of the magazine, Matt Green and Katie Thomas, tell us how they got started. What is the genesis of Cedar, or how did it come about? It’s something we’ve been slowly planning over the last few years without really knowing exactly what it was we wanted to do. At the beginning of last year we set up a website with the intention of documenting the people and places we met throughout the year, showcasing their...

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The Protagonist

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The Protagonist

Cast your eye over the fashion section and you may feel it to be overbearing and exclusionary. Have hope. The Protagonist Magazine simultaneously slips under the radar as an unassuming and yet astounding product of fashion and culture. In its third issue it explores the aesthetic of reflections, lending itself an (if possible) romantic Jekyll and Hyde duality. There is no photographic fodder to please your eyes; every image is like a brushstroke. The portrait it paints is full of colour and texture, cumbersome under its under its patterns and folds of luxuriant silk. When so many fashion magazines look...

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Recorder

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Recorder

Recorder is a new, visual and literary celebration of pop deities as experienced in time and place. We’re not talking discographies here, or analytical discourse or career mapping. It’s a light examination of our (faraway) relationship with our icons and how, over decades and around the world, they have influenced and informed our lives. It’s an innovative idea and the launch issue of this intended biannual kicks off with David Bowie. But first, a disclaimer: I’ve always liked Bowie but, oddly for a serious music lover, I never bought his records. In fact I must have the only kid who stayed away...

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5054

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5054

I no longer own a car because we live in central Bath where it's possible to walk to most places. I miss driving, but I don’t know much about cars and I don’t miss the cost of running one or the hassle of using it in a car-unfriendly city and my fear of breakdowns.  So I’m not the sort of person drawn to 5054, a magazine about ‘automotive culture’. But I was wrong. The first, inescapable thing about 5054 is that it doesn’t look like other car magazines. It looks like a quality indie magazine. Heavy uncoated paper, coolly and...

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