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    Explore & Appreciate, Philip Bone

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    Explore & Appreciate, Philip Bone

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    I see the Promised Land, Arthur Flowers, Manu Chitraker and Guglielmo Rossi

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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

An extraordinary graphic novel about Martin Luther King and a zine spanning “geology and a generation or two” are both featured in Things today. As is a fabric mailer from a Fabrica based designer. Finally, devotion to all things contemporary art and bikes are covered by the latest issues of Cura and The Ride respectively. Also today is William S. Burroughs birthday. So when you’ve finished reading Things go read about him, before something unfortunate happens when the Beat Generation are depicted in an uncanny amount of films this year…

The Ride V Andrew Diprose, Art Director

What The Ride has accomplished over the past four issues has been a wonderful blend of personal accounts, fine illustration and photography with an overall air of genuine passion, informed yet lay man legible content that compliments the rider, the maker and the people that spectate. If we were a contrary lot we’d stop there but number five has youngest child syndrome and as such has all our attention. Justifiably so.
www.theridejournal.com

I See the Promised Land Arthur Flowers, Manu Chitraker, Guglielmo Rossi

In a truly excellent meeting of storytelling minds, African American writer and blues singer Arthur Flowers has his lyric-like words on Martin Luther King’s short life illustrated by Manu Chitraker. A scroll painter from Bengal, Chitraker’s distinctive style lends its self to the traditional language of stories, and in this graphic novel the paintings find themselves divided in to a the contemporary context of a comic (designed by Guglielmo Rossi). Very factual too.
www.tarabooks.com

Cura #07 Andrea Baccin

“Devoted to contemporary art”, Cura #07 has some good and heavy content on it’s bible thin pages, considerately designed and the image selection is pretty great. Some features worth highlighting include an exhibition by Fernando Brice and a small written number on the Art and Incommunicability Between Cultures by Elena Giulia Rossi. Original stuff.
www.curamagazine.com

Mailer Philip Bone

Really nice, tactile mailer print from the British designer Philip Bone. There’s a thoughtfullness and quality to the images and design which is as simple as a selection of lovely looking spreads from one of his projects, Explore & Appreciate. Which we did and we did. So it worked very nicely and we also saw other delightful things whilst investigating a little further on his site…
www.designbybone.co.uk

RRR 002 Scott Massey, Design

RRR’s zine, “a little more collaborative and personal then the first” is also very environmentally conscientious with a Duchamp inspired reuse-refuse mentality. They also not only invited the artists into their pages but took the time to check out where they were working and performed some friendly interventions which resulted in several pleasing examples of collaborative collages. Rainbow colours with a healthy amount of imagery to feast your eyes on.
www.rrrproject.com

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Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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