the eMPOWER issue
Taken from: 'Standing Ground' by Photographer: Photographer: Arbela Capas Models: Shelly Duncan and Bailey Ensign Styling by: Shelly Duncan and Arbela Capas
Like everything this year, our Empower issue has flown by in the blink of an eye. In the space of 8 weeks we've given you 14 wonderful new pieces of work each from different creatives in response to the Empower theme.
It's certainly been a memorable issue by any standard, we for one didn't expect to be launching a third issue during a global pandemic but here we are on the other side of it wrapping up that said issue. Like every issue we love to give you a bit of an insider scoop on the process behind making the zine what it is, by giving you an insight into the things we've been watching, listening to and what exactly has been the driving force for this issue.
Was grateful for...
My health, my home, my job, my family and my friends. In trying times it's certainly made me realise what I'm so so lucky to have. I've also been super grateful for the arts industry and the escapism it's bought over the past few months, without it, there would be no magazine, not to mention no tv, no film, music, podcasts or photographs all the things that have provided if only for a moment, a light realise to all the heaviness of the world this year.
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush on repeat. Which isn't in anyway an exaggeration, I'm grateful every day since it's release for the blessing it brings to my ears each time I listen to that album. It's faultless, absolutely flawless.
"I've been super grateful for the arts industry and the escapism it's bought over the past few months, without it, there would be no magazine"
A lot of big block buster films or cult classics actually! I feel as though the older I've got the more I've come to understand and appreciate the beauty of films and the way they're made from the soundtrack, to the direction or the cinematography. I've came to find myself watching a film for those elements instead of just watching for a particular actor (something I'm devistatingly guilty for doing). I particularly enjoyed Queen and Slim, Joker and more recently The Devil all The Time and American Phcsyo a film I've never watched can you believe it??
Oh and also copious episodes of Friends, it's my go to comfort show.
Was surprised by
The amount of submissions we received. As the editor I always feel a certain amount of apprehension when kicking off a new issue, a lot of questions too like, how will people respond to the issue? Will they like the theme? Will we get enough submissions? Despite everything going on in the world right now we were delighted to have so many creative's believe in what we do. We had so much wonderful work pop into our inboxes most days. It certainly kept us busy during such an uncertain time.
"Despite everything going on in the world right now we were delighted to have so many creative's believe in what we do. We had so much wonderful work pop into our inboxes most days. It certainly kept us busy during such an uncertain time"
Quite a few books as late, I'm attempting a reading challenge this year to complete a book a month. I'm currently devling into Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney after having just finished Queenie by Candice Carty Williams. Call me by your name by André Aciman was also my summer read.
Lost sleep over
Layouts. Each issue I carefully consider the look and feel to the website and how exactly I want it to look, each issue we move, change, rotate, copy, paste and edit until we are happy with it's final over all look. Not only do we want it to look uniform as a whole but also to respond to and do justice for our creatives. I have a real tendency to be a bit of a perfectionist at times so in the long run it can take a while to get it looking to the point where I am happy to release.
Was most happy with
This issue as a whole, for me I think it's my favourite to date.
"[This issue] FOR ME IS MY FAVOURITE TO DATE"
Photographer: Paige Rhianne @paigerhianne_ Models and Styling: Sophie Kinchin, Bethany Heath, Frankie Smith
Felt empowered by
The togetherness of the people and how despite being so disconnected we were in so many ways connected more than ever.
And finally we are excited by
The possibility of going to print in the near future, yes you heard me right. Everytime Zine is heading to the printers baby.
(Keep your eyes peeled)