So now I can finally reveal what all the secrecy has been about! It's a brand new website! Yep! Isn't it gorgeous! Finally I will be able to stop double posting on two blogs and a website - I have combined them all in one! Which means that unfortunately I will be saying goodbye to this Blogger Blog - but don't worry - now you can just go straight to the Blanket website to get constant updates on beautiful artists, designers, photographers, crafters, exhibitions, websites, etc... OR there is an RSS feeder so you can get updates straight to your own email!
And of course the brand new issue is up as well! So it's a double excitement overload! It's a very important issue for us so we really hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together! It's all about that thing we do everyday - communication!
Here's whats inside!
• Artist Interviews with Will Bryant, Betsy Walton and Coralie-Bickford Smith.
• THE PASS IT ON PROJECT - 6 artists creating 1 piece of art (with no face to face contact) It's a Blanket first!
• The Art of Communication: how do you communicate with an audience you might never meet?
• Blanket feature writer, Jonathan Hulme, is vexed by email chain letters.
• Jek shows us how to communicate old school style!
• The Blanket Playlist!
• We introduce our brand new Blanket Comic 'Pic Shaws'!
• Who am I? I'm a Showoff!
• Re_action - see how our readers reacted to this issues theme!
Not long to wait now! I will be releasing the new issue of Blanket tomorrow! I can't wait - it's our biggest and best yet! And I will finally be able to reveal what I have been working on in secret.... ohhh the suspense!
Here's a sneak peek of one of the gorgeous illustrations by Claire Cimbora of Schmooks featured in the magazine! It's to accompany a great article by Jonathan Hulme about email chain letters.
I'm packing my bags for Paris! We'll just for the weekend anyway... it's my 30th Birthday on Sunday and as a treat my wonderful husband is taking me to Paris to celebrate! My wish was to sit on the steps of the Sacre Couer overlooking the Paris skyline while eating french cheese with crusty baguettes and drinking red wine. I'm a simple girl with simple pleasures (except that I wanted to go to Paris to do it of course)
So there will be a little break on blogging over the weekend while I take a well deserved rest! But come Monday I will be back at it. I have the latest Blanket issue to release on Wednesday and some new announcements to share with you all, so there's a definite mixture of excitement and apprehension in the air. I am so tempted to tell you now because I am awful at keeping things a surprise but it's not long now until I can share - so I will keep you guessing for a little while longer!
One of the lucky winners of the Blanket Survey Prize Pack, Jasho, took a photo of his new Blanket Poster when it arrived for him in the post! It's lovely to see a poster go to such an appreciative home! The only hiccup was the poster arrived minus the badge pack that was included (apparently there was an appreciative postal worker as well?)
If you would like to show us your Blanket poster then email me a photo at: editor (at) blanketmagazine.com And if you would like to join in the fun you can get a copy of the Blanket poster in the Blanket online store.
In the upcoming issue of Blanket (issue 15), I interview Some Guy, a San Francisco artist. In response to one question he remarks, "Most folks won't write on a blank bathroom wall. Except for taggers, and they're just jerks." So I dedicate this graffiti of the day to the tagger in the above picture. Why? Because underneath his red scrawl and if you look very closely you will see the faded outline of Sydney's last remaining Banksy. What a jerk.
My friend Tom McGhee has been donating his photographic services in support of a little Australian boy, Isaiah Muller, who is currently staying at Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan. Isaiah is there for a series of treatments to hopefully save his remaining eye after the other one was lost to cancer.
Isaiah was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare paediatric cancer of the eye, at the age of just 18 months. A tumour in his right eye resulted in that eye being removed to prevent the cancer from spreading to his brain.
'The actual shoot was interesting trying to get a child to sit still for a minute is a task in it's own, let alone afterjust having had a 4 hr treatment. Hugh & Deborah were very generous with their time and they brought their daughter Eva with them who Isaiah fell in love with straight away, calling out he loved her when they left.'