Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing and joyous holiday season, and are excited for the months ahead. We’re gearing up for a great year two of the magazine, and our sixth issue will be coming out in late January, so stay tuned for that. Seeing as it is the second of January, I wanted to share a few of my resolutions, and I’d love to hear some of yours as well. These are mostly based around creative endeavors, but don’t worry—all the oldies and goodies are on my list as well: flossing regularly, cooking more, saving money, you know the drill :) What are some of your resolutions for 2012?
Resolution 1: Watch more documentaries. I have a stack of intriguing titles waiting for me, but for some reason I always pass them by for a silly blockbuster, or something that I’ve watched a zillion times. Over the break, I snuggled up on the couch and watched Between the Folds (images above), Beautiful Losers, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and I loved them all. There’s such a wealth of visual inspiration in well made documentaries, and I would like to keep watching more to expand my horizons in 2012.
Resolution 2: Learn more about photography. I have limited knowledge of the functions on my camera, and I can never seem to keep the terminology straight, but this year I really want that to change. I discovered some amazing photographers online this past year, including the Portland, OR based Parker Fitzgerald and Peggy Wong of Blue Pool Road, based in Los Angeles, CA. Seeing their work has inspired me to apply a bit more focus and patience to honing my shutter skills.
Resolution 3: Discover new materials. The theme for our sixth issue is handmade, and the issue features some incredible artisans working in a range of materials: paper, ceramic and glass, even live greenery. After seeing a preview of the completed mag, I felt compelled to add this resolution to my list, and I predict that it will be the funnest (and easiest) one to follow through on. I think you might feel the same when you see Issue 6, so you might want to start making a list of materials now. The options are limitless, really, as pretty much any material can be made beautiful with a little imagination.