That's A Magazine is now available in Rotterdam, at the CBK shop. Not only our #01 Lost issue and #02 Money issue, but also two unique silkscreenprints.
The CBK shop is a nice design store, situated in one of the nicest streets in Rotterdam: the Nieuwe Binnenweg. Close to galeries and small designer shops and next to Koekela, for the best carrotcake and chocolat chip cookies in town...
There it is: the Money issue! 200 colourful handmade magazines around one word: Money. With a unique silkscreen cover. We used a lot of different paper for our 6 images: stars, big cathedrals, a cathedral pattern, euro's and two new money billets of 50 and 10000. In the heart you'll find a small booklet with two stories about money, based on interviews with Martijn Aslander and Arjo Klamer. We also like to mention our two contributors Quirine Reijman (graphic designer) and Jillis Verbeek (writer / architect). And thanks to everyone who added value by sharing their thougts with us, by introducing us to people or contributed in any other way to this result: thank you!
Like the #01 Lost issue, #02 the Money issue is for sale in some nice shops: Sukha and SPRMRKT (Amsterdam), Coming Soon (Arnhem), Motta Artbooks (Eindhoven) and Weber (Amersfoort). Of course you can also order your issue here.
Last week we created a crisis ourselves. In one of the most busy weeks of the year, we made an appointment to make silkscreenprints for #02 the Money issue. Imagine: spending a whole day in the ArtEZ printstudio, experimenting with coloured paper, all sorts of coloured ink and different money patterns. That's great! Of course we didn't feel the pressure of having-no-time-at all-to-do-anything-besides-working-studying-eating-and-sleeping when we made the appointment, a few weeks earlier. Money was not the issue - it was the amount of time that we didn't have at all, when we reached the 18th of october. To make it more comfortable, it was also raining on and on that day. Carrying 20 kgs of coloured paper (some were too wet to use), totally wet and tired we arrived at the studio early that morning.
For a while we both secretly thought this might be not a very good idea. This whole idea of screenprinting and all the handmade stuff we like so much for our magazine. But when we saw the beautiful -free- paper we ordered in the dummyshops of big papersuppliers and started counting how many screenprints we could make today, at least in our heads the sun was shining again! We chose six images we wanted to print, we chose two colours: white and fluo orange (!) and started working to prepare the screens. The whole process of silkscreenprinting has something magical: the transparent papers, the light to get the pattern in the screen, the ink and the printing itself. The result is always a surprise and sometimes not what you hoped for. We made more than 200 prints for the covers of #02. And we made 50 unique A3 prints. You can order them soon at our website.
It sure felt like crisis, but in fact it was a small one. At the end of the day we were very happy with the result: this abundance of colour and images is what we wanted to create! Issue #02 will be there in a few weeks - we'll keep you posted.
That's what we are doing for our next issue: we follow the meaning and material of money. We talked to de Voedselbank, about the waste of food in our mass production and the shame on accepting a gift; we talked to Triodos bank, about the meaning of money and the connection between money, people and value. We talked to economist Arjo Klamer, about the future of money and the impact of classical virtues. De Nederlandse Bank gave us the waste of one week money-production: more than 10 kgs of money paper, worthless because of small misfits, wrong colour and other details you-would'nt-even-know-they-exist. And we will soon find out all about the ideas of "resourcerer" Martijn Aslander. How to create a community based on personal and shared value? So we are learning a lot about ideas for a new economy, visions on money and creating value. And we think we've chosen the right word for our issue #02: the word "money" seems to be the most written and spoken word these days. Always accompanied by the words "crisis", "bankrupt" or "depts". Now it's up to us: creating a new issue with such a lot of material and meaning. That's a challenge - we'll keep you posted!