Susan Lee Stephen's“Greedy” Seal in sterling silver, bronze, & copper.
Photo-etched, pierced, riveted 980mm x 65mm x 23mm, 2013, photo: Eric Walsh
I decided that the editors would be on the top of the list. When an editor asks me for a suggestion for their magazine I always try and give them a choice–a menu of ideas and makers. For example, I recently suggested to editor Janice Hudson of East Coast Living magazine that she consider the work of metalsmith Susan Lee Stephen, printmaker and textile artist Janet Davis, and painter and book-artist Tara Bryan. This inevitably reflects my personal passions but at the same time it gives the editor room to navigate.
I have a deep respect for an editor's knowledge of their publication and their readership. They know what else they are planning for that particular issue and future issues for that matter. I recall dealing with the editor of EnRoute magazine on one occasion and when I suggested a St. John's based topic the response was "no, we have two other Newfoundland stories in the pipe". In contrast, the review idea I was recently pitching met the response "we'd love to have something from Newfoundland is there anything else you'd like to write about". So, I always need a variety of themes, approaches and people that I think are worthy of notice. As a result, I spent the rest of the day stomping around Quidi Vidi Lake mentally reviewing what I had seen in the past couple of months that had positively impressed me. The difficulty is getting the right artists at the right time in their career paths (no one produces great art all the time) and then having that align with the magazine's priorities. Matchmaking is a fine art.
|Jack, an artist-book by Tara Bryan. This is a delightful creation |
that riffs off of all the jacks you can imagine…