This week I got the opportunity to fall in love with a new magazine; one that blends arts, crafts, creative people, places and more. Sounds a little bit like The Life Creative, don’t you think? Perhaps this is why I’m so smitten with *bespoke*. For its ninth issue, new editors Robyn and Elle redirected the mag’s focus slightly to include only Australian and NZ creatives and their handmade products. Supporting local creatives – what could be better? This issue is full of inspiration and a few gorgeous surprises. On with the preview!
Perhaps my fave story in this issue of *bespoke* is that of Give & Take; a gift swap initiative to promote the artists who put the hard yards into creating goods that are made locally, not mass-produced overseas. Robyn says discovering new talent like this is incredibly inspiring. “We often get to see so many beautiful products, and we get to go behind the scenes of handmade and creative businesses and share the stories of the creatives behind the piece,” she says. “What we don’t have room for in the magazine often is shared on our blog and social media”.
Another standout section of the magazine is Autumn Finds, which documents creative items the team have come across recently – like the hand-made Meadow Growlallo by South Australian company, Cute Critters. You know I love me a weekly creative find, so this pocket of the mag is a little slice of bliss; featuring plush toys, hot water bottle covers, vintage chairs and more.
There’s also a great little story on Inspiring Creativity, where Katia Donohoe of Plushka’s Craft shares her secrets on where to find inspiration in times of need. Photography tips are included in this issue too, along with an awesome Pavlova recipe and a look inside the amazing homewares store, Hope and Me.
Issue 9 also sees the magazine getting a mini-facelift in terms of size and shape. “The new landscape A5 layout was implemented firstly to create something different to other creative and crafty media,” says Robyn. “But still have it small enough to carry in your bag for travelling on the bus, taking on a plane, or reading at a cafe. We also found that the landscape orientation worked well for e-readers and tablet viewing”.
Robyn and Elle are hoping to double the next issue of *bespoke*, making it an awe-inspiring 100 pages. To do this, they need help from you, Creatives! Show your support by pre-ordering a copy of the winter edition, subscribing to the magazine or advertising before May 31.