Out Now: Desktop Issue #299 — Neue Folk

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Published:  November 8, 2013
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Out Now: Desktop Issue #299 — Neue Folk

“We get the urge every now and then to put our needles down and try something different. We tried patchworking graphics graphics this year and are developing our technique embroidering paper. We’re anxious of becoming stagnant…” — Maricor/Maricar

It’s here! After a tough few months for the desktop and Create Awards team, our November issue, Neue Folk, has arrived. While desktop’s head was thinking about all things in designer craft, the small Create team was working with us to ensure the 2013 Create Awards night went off with a bang. And so it did!

This issue is a curious peek into the use of traditional craft in contemporary design production. Beginning with our special sewn cover, we look at craft as a tool as well as an idea to evoke feelings of heritage and hand-made quality. It is a fascinating shift in the design industry, moving so far away from the futuristic, ‘utopian tech’ graphics of the nineties and early 2000s, to age-honoured skills in embroidery, letterpress, textiles and ceramics. But even more fascinating is the combination of these skills with graphic design ideas—an approach to creating that ensures relevance and originality in a new world of counterfeit and imitation.

German studio I Like Birds tell us what they think about the merging of graphic design and craft, by using a merging of graphic design and craft.

Leanne Prain talks about the rise of digital marketplace Etsy, and its influence over the usage of craft techniques by designers, and well as enabling traditional craftspeople to access digital skills to promote, design and sell their wares.

Cover artists Maricar/Maricor have a special balance in their work, with one eye on the future and the other on the past. Using embroidery, they are weaving together time-honoured craft skills and contemporary ideas, and share with desktop their thoughts on why this trend is so popular, and why now.

In our Trails section, London printmaker Hazel Stark draws upon her own mixed education (graphic design, art, printmaking and ceramics) and shares with us the contemporaries of hers who also create in this captivating intersection of design and craft.

With more from Double Days, Old School New School and our regular articles and pieces, November’s issue looks at how — in a world where everything has already been done — a study of the past can add richness and the weight of history to the work of the future. Sometimes this future can be scary, it is not the place we all imagined as children. This is where the combination of traditional craft’s nostalgia and design’s technology can turn the unknown into something comforting, one stitch at a time.

After a lengthy recovery, both the desktop and Create team can look back on the Create Design Awards night with great pride. An excited crowd gathered at The Ivy in Sydney, where the highly commended entries and category winners were announced. The night held a few surprises too, with Create history being made when the Project of The Year (a $5000 prize awarded to the best project of all the 13 category winners) didn’t go to a seasoned studio or designer, but to a graduate. Andrew Robertson, hardly out of his course at Swinburne, Melbourne, picked up the prize for his Emerging Talent entry. All the winners and highly commended entries have been published in this month’s issue, with our sincere thanks to everybody — the sponsors, judges, the tireless Create team, and every single person who entered.

It’s a mighty issue, perhaps even the most important issue of the year! Grab a copy, and share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, or even send us your idea of what the intersection of craft and design means to you through our Instagram.

Desktop #298 — The Graphic Effect is available now from Mag NationBeautiful Pages and other fine stockists of magazines around the country.Prefer to have issues delivered to your door?Subscribe today!Get Desktop digitally via ZinioGoogle PlayNook (US), and Nook (UK).

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