it has been re-designed , with new content and easier to read typeface.
I must say, I have been quite vocally critical in the past of the magazine,
but I am honestly happy with the new look and content!
why the change of heart? (you may ask.....)
I've done a lot of thinking on this subject for a while.
I do have a great interest in the future of SNAG and metalsmithing,
so the magazine’s content always has a deep impact on me. (such a sensitive artist...)
I had felt for a while that “Metalsmith” was really the voice of the organization,
so when I saw last year’s Exhibition in Print (EIP) I was concerned that SNAG was lost to me,
and I pondered if it was relevant to me, or many of my peers.
coming to a conclusive opinion on the Exhibition in Print was a struggle for me, because I also have a deep appreciation for the artistic process.
I know the import of pushing the envelope, and furthermore I believe that part of pushing the envelope usually means creating a visceral reaction.
It's just the nature of the beast. I think that last year’s EIP succeeded in that aspect. (Laughing a bit while I type that).
I think I just got jangled more than anything, (and I'm sorry if my response was too harsh)
which I believe is what many of the piece’s that were displayed were meant to do.
So, upon reflection, I now think that the issue was successful, even if I didn’t particularly relish it’s effect.
ok, so about the new Metalsmith Format, I feel I must share my analogy:
Before the re-design, I would read Metalsmith like I was taking a dose of medicine:
good for me, perhaps, but still sometimes difficult to take.
Now, the new format feels like a vitamin:
desired tool to keep myself healthy, proactive (and yes, sometimes a little hard to take as well)
So, with a re-designed Magazine, a bright and Shiny new Orchid forum design (looks GREAT!)
and a few hundred hours in the studio, what gorgeous creations will you bring to the table?
I don’t know about you, but I am excited by our possibilities......
Maureen Brusa Zappellini