Sorry for the delay, Good News, XRebellion, Dye Garden, New NameFrancesca Palange
I can finally email you to say that the magazine is in the hands of the printers and should be with us in a few days!
Here’s a snapshot of some of the articles in the Spring 2019 issue, which you can purchase here:
- The Call of Creative Pathways – An article about natural dyes and advice for creative businesses
- One Artist, Many Techniques – Combining natural dyeing with digital printing
- A Book of Recipes, Many Vegetable Colours, Wool and Fabrics – The discovery of recipe books and samples from the 17th century.
- Tea Bag Painting and Stitching – The peculiar and fascinating art of painting on “free art paper” a.k.a. tea bags!
- Nettles for Textiles: Rediscovering Wild Fibre and the Search for Sustainable Cloth – Using nettles as an eco alternative to cotton.
- Pigments, Powder, Stones and Earth – A study of different colours that can be achieved with ochre.
- Jute, From the Field to the Studio Via the Garden – On the many uses of jute.
- From Basket to Sculpture – About willow, from its cultivation to its transformation into art.
- Footwear from Waste Leather – On the sustainability of leather production and the use of leather waste, which are intrinsically connected to industrial farming.
- Sharing is the New Shopping – Ways to shop without buying something new.
- Garbage Turned to Treasure – Making artwork using a mixture of techniques: drawing, painting, sewing, and weaving using mostly found materials.
- Pebble, Sea, Glass and Rubbish – Frames with all sorts of waste found in the beach.
- Kate gives us an update on our Plastic Free Craft Campaign and her investigation of plastic free craft supplies in department stores and craft shops.
- In the Eco Crafters and Entrepreneurs’ Awards, we talk to some of the members of our Facebook group
- Chris on behalf of the XR Citizens Assembly Working Group writes about social change and the importance of demanding a Citizens Assembly to lead environmental policy.
- Competition: by participating in our Spring 2019 feedback survey you have a chance to win the recently published book “The Organic painter: learn to paint with tea, coffee, embroidery, flame and more Explore Unusual Materials and playful techniques to expand your creative practice”... We’ll send a link to this survey in our next newsletter.
Sorry for the delay…
If you’ve read my last email, you will know that the release of the Spring issue has been delayed. We have had more than one problem, and the practical problems have delayed us the most.
- The printing companies we have consulted have told us that the company that manufactured our recycled paper has closed down. So we had to change the paper we use. This means the look and feel of the magazine will change considerably.
- We have been struggling with the costs of production of the magazine. As we said in previous emails, we avoid printing an excessive number of physical copies (we don’t want unsold copies to sit there without any real demand for them). This however comes at a higher cost.
- Following readers’ feedback, we agree that we want the magazine to be affordable and reach more people, so we have been looking to reduce the retail price. I have been running this magazine for the past three years on an entirely voluntary basis, however the magazine still has considerable running costs. Why do I tell you this? We make this magazine out of passion, it’s not really a business and therefore we want to be transparent with our readers.
The good news!
We have found another local printing company that has given us a better deal. We’ll do a trial run with the Spring issue, so please let us know what you think when you receive your copy. Stock should be with us sometime after Monday. All the envelopes are ready to go so I hope you will receive your copy within the next 10 working days (UK)… add a few more days for everywhere else.
… and even better news!
Following readers’ feedback, I am happy to say that thanks to the changes mentioned above, we are able to get the price of a single issue down to £8. We will give a refund to all those who have kindly supported us by pre-ordering the Spring 2019 issue at the full price of £13. If you don’t receive a refund within the next 30 days please contact us. If you’d like to donate this money to us to fund future initiatives, please send us an email to let us know you don’t want a refund.
Again following readers’ feedback, I am also looking into the possibility of working with a direct mailing company to see if we can reduce the cost of postage, but I can’t promise anything yet.
Thanks to our readers who have highlighted some problems with grammar and typesetting. A professional proofreader whose first language is English has been taking care of the text in the last couple of issues, so if you find any errors please kindly email them to us (page number and description of error) and we’ll make sure to learn from our mistakes and improve future issues!
Closing down NSN Magazine
As I already mentioned some time ago, we are closing the magazine down for essential maintenance after the Autumn 2019 Issue when the last few annual subscribers will receive their last copy.
We will hopefully re-open in Spring 2020 after the release of the “Eco Print Workbook” in December 2019. We will let you know if we will produce any issues in between these two dates. The new magazine will be organised differently with sections that will focus on different levels of environmental activism and different types of design.
In search of a new name!
We are “brain crunching” constantly to find a new name for the magazine (we’ll keep No Serial Number Publishers as an umbrella term for all our publications).
Why are we changing the name? Well, a little less than half of our readers either don’t like the name or are confused by it. We want something shorter and more punchy. If you have suggestions for names we’ll gladly take them on board as we continue to explore different options. We have still not found a name that encapsulates everything we want to do.
If you’d like to volunteer to develop any aspect of the future magazine, from design, illustration, to marketing and promotion, we welcome new brains to join our small team. Work can be done remotely, at your own time from the comfort of your own home and we can pay for expenses such as attending events, travel etc. We also have a budget (hourly paid) four short term specific projects.
Looking for photos of dye gardens!
The Summer 2019 issue of No Serial Number Magazine will feature an initiative that is working towards ‘A Dye Garden Network’. Do you have a dye garden? Can you describe some of the plants that you grow and how you grow them? We’d like to feature some of our readers’ dye gardens alongside this article. Send me an email with a high quality photo and a short description. Please also include your name, name of your project/enterprise (if any), location of garden (Country, City), season when the photo was taken. I’ll do my best to include all the photos I receive in the next issue.
NSN Team at International Rebellion!!
Since the 15th of April we’ve been helping on and off and supporting 100% Extinction Rebellion in London. Extinction Rebellion groups across the world are making three demands. Governments must:
- Tell the general public the truth about climate crisis
- Set the (very ambitious) target of zero carbon by 2025
- Set up citizens assemblies with representative samples of the population to lead and oversee policies on climate change.
This week, I joined XR families and did some wet felting using wool scraps together with the children and Francesca helped out in the tea area and the kitchen. We also saw together what is a road usually dominated by cars, Waterloo Bridge, turn into a beautiful garden. We even did some leaf pounding!
Marble Arch @ExtinctionR great place to start if you’re apprehensive about joining but want to show your support. Plenty of opportunities to meet people, help out and join activities. They have inductions for people who want to find out more on @ExtinctionRFacebook page. pic.twitter.com/6fXElWLhx1
— Alessandra (@sauk09) April 20, 2019
Below is a collection of pictures we’ve taken during the protests. Have a look at our Facebook page for more. We are really sorry about disrupting people’s lives and business as usual, but there is no life or business on a dead planet.