In the first post of this series I admitted to being a documentary junkie; today I admit that my addiction to magazines is a very close second. In the same family as documentaries, magazines stimulate the creative juices in similar ways:
- craft-specific magazines help us keep up with trends and practices related to our craft of choice whether it's writing poetry, macro photography or making art out of recycled bits & pieces;
- artist, writer or photographer profiles serve as inspiration and may even prompt us to study their creative processes and try some of their techniques;
- small business magazines are helpful if we're trying to build our creative practice into a self-sufficient entity;
- as with documentaries (see week 1), exposure to new subjects and ideas can trigger even more ideas by combining them with the ones we already have;
- picking up a magazine on a foreign subject can pull us out of a slump by introducing us to a new industry, geographical area or maybe even to a new market for our artwork or writing; and
- magazines are an easy and relatively cheap (some art or design-related magazines can get pricey!) way to dip our toes into a new creative world or medium, inviting us to learn and push our creative boundaries.
Somerset StudioBut I like to mix it up a little to get some cross-pollination of ideas going around, here are a few others I've picked up at least once that were fun and inspiring in one way or another:
Where Women Create
and mostly anything put out by Stampington & Company
Architectural DigestUm, did I mention my addiction?
Mother Earth News
Success for Women
Cowboys & Indians (OK I admit, Tom Selleck was on the cover)
and many many more...
How about you? Do you have any favourite magazines that either spur you into creativity or help you support it?