The latest edition of Where Women Create (WWC) arrived in the mail today, so it is a perfect time to review this wonderful magazine.
I picked up my first copy of WWC at a craft fair about 2 years ago and it was love at first page turn! I’m a bit of a voyeur when it comes to studios/creative spaces and this just really tickled my fancy. I love seeing into the work spaces of creative people – it just seems to give you a really good insight into the day to day working of a creative mind. Though, I’m certain the studios are cleaned up to within an inch of their lives in preparation for the photo shoot!
I had been picking up Cloth Paper Scissors’ Studios magazine whenever I could find it and enjoyed it, but it was hard to come by, they don’t offer subscriptions and it only covers the studios of quilting and mixed media artists.
So when I discovered WWC I was tickled! It is a beautiful magazine, substantial, with very few ads (yay!) and they cover a huge variety of artists. Through the magazine I’ve peeked into the studios of art and craft styles I didn’t even know existed. Each artisan gets at least 6 pages of inspiring photos, plus an interview where they discuss things like the establishment of their studio, their favourite things about their studio, how their creativity has evolved, and other useful and inspiring insights.
WWC is published by Stampington & Co and is released 4 times per year (not often enough unfortunately!). It’s not the cheapest magazine at USD$15 each edition but I feel you get your money’s worth. They also offer subscriptions – which was my birthday present to myself this year! AND they offer digital downloads of sold out editions – USD$10 and available immediately – which is a fantastic service, especially for international readers as it makes it much more affordable. And you gotta love instant access!
The Summer 2011 edition is a lovely combination of bright, slightly freaky studios through to cute, shabby chic styles. There is an interview with Vanessa Valencia on the business of the studio, book reviews and a listing of upcoming events (mostly US-based).
Following is a sample of the current edition: