Fridays are reason enough to celebrate. But today, we’ve got an extra reason: the release of the trailer for our latest issue! We worked with Jennifer L. Kahn to put together this visual treat, and we hope you enjoy it.
(In case you missed it, we posted an online preview of Issue No. 11 yesterday.)
A couple of weeks ago we shared the first video in a series put together by photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy. The series of three videos, which goes along with the “Timeless Trades” article in Issue No. 10, features a blacksmith, a denim designer and a group of hat makers working to preserve their crafts. This week we’re looking a little deeper at the work of blacksmith Daniel Hopper.
Daniel, who was formally trained as an illustrator, started learning about working with metal after attending an open house at The Crucible. His passion grew from there and before long, he opened his own practice. This video follows Daniel through the process of shaping a single rod of steel into an organic antler form for a light fixture. Each step of the process is amazing to watch — hammering, heating, shaping, cooling. And the tools are fascinating as well.
(And If you missed the first installment featuring Paul’s Hat Works, you can can find it here.)
One of my favorite articles in Issue No. 10 is “Timeless Trades,” which profiles a blacksmith, a denim designer and a group of hat makers, all working to keep alive crafts that are becoming rarer. I enjoyed the glimpse into each profession in the magazine, but am especially excited to share a series of videos photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy directed for an expanded look. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting them here.
First up, a look at the work of the four friends who bought Paul’s Hat Works, a classic hat shop in San Francisco. Watching the process of steaming and shaping straw hats, hearing about the weavers these women work with, and seeing the beautiful, timeworn tools they inherited from the previous owner makes it easy to understand why they made the jump into the hat making business!
We just can’t release a new issue of Anthology without putting together a trailer! So today, we’re pleased to present to you a clip created by Remilla Ty that highlights some of the stories in Issue No. 9 (which is due out soon!).
P.S. Did you check out the online preview for Issue No. 9?
Years ago, an artist friend introduced me to a small screenprinting device called Gocco. I liken it to the Easy Bake Oven of printing because it relies on flash bulbs to operate. In 2008, Gocco’s manufacturer, Riso, closed its doors. Thus, my foray into printing pretty much ended, too.
Which is why I was both thrilled and envious when I met Kate Roebuck—who works for Hable Construction and also runs her own fantastic site, Bowerbird (she and her sister-in-law make and sell limited-edition art and accessories). Kate’s Oxford, Mississippi, home was featured in Issue No. 8/Summer 2012 of Anthology. And while I love her decor—everything seems to have some personal significance to Kate and her husband—it’s the outdoor space and how she uses it that I can’t get over.
“My neighbors think I’m cuckoo because I am almost always doing a project of some sort outside,” she told us. Screenprinting is just one of those projects. And, when photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy shot her house earlier this year for our print pages, she was also able to capture Kate at work. I hope you enjoy this peek at her process as much as I did. (Now I’m inspired to hunt down some Gocco supplies on eBay!)