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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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Make Muse

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Make Muse

Here at Magalleria, there’s a magazine for everyone. And when it comes to women’s magazines, there’s probably more than one magazine for one person. There’s something for for female guitarists, for mothers, crafters, the whimsical and the academic. Make Muse has joined the ranks of our shelves as a societal standard smasher, covering wellness, education, entertainment, the body, community – and more. Based in The Bronx, New York, Make Muse’s concept integrates women, trans-women and non-binary individuals under its umbrella, creating a safe space in which to discuss issues which affect daily life. Its eclectic topics are mirrored with equally...

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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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Who's spreading the word?

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Who's spreading the word?

The bar is very low when it comes to magazine marketing. There are a number of promotional agencies around, but I’m not sure what they do. No third party ever contacts us here at Magalleria to tell us about a new magazine, or hardly ever. Not like book marketing, where a staggering number of daily media stories can be traced to a blitz of publisher press releases pumped out to under-resourced newsrooms and agencies who eagerly snaffle and re-pedal them to you and me. Magazine makers themselves and their distributors regularly inform us about forthcoming titles which is necessary and...

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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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