I love nothing more than curling up in a cosy chair, a cup of green tea with organic honey beside me, and a beautiful inspiring magazine sitting on my lap, through which my eyes can wander gracefully across each page for a solid, uninterrupted couple of hours. I often laugh now as I reflect on those days when I had all the time in the world and a more unrestricted cash flow to endulge in this simple pleasure. Oh how I took this for granted back then! Life these days is now often a little too busy for little “luxuries” such as this.
However, I have recently discovered through my blog browsing that there are some fabulous online magazines and journals popping up. I often pinch some night hours to have a browse of these. One can happily browse page by page, fullscreen, online, eliminating the need to spend any money at all. I love this! Don’t get me wrong I still prefer to hold and swoon through a gorgeous magazine that I can touch, feel, smell and see in the flesh, but at least I don’t feel as though I’m missing out anymore. I can still get my mag fix, some fresh inspiration and ideas for my creative outlets and keep up with what’s happening out there.
First up is Est, edited by Sian MacPherson and launched earlier this year. I was so impressed with this first issue, I really couldn’t believe it was and remains free to subscribe. It was so hot that it had 2.5 million page views during it’s first few weeks of being launched. I can understand why as after my first glance I was one of those quickly emailing all my friends about this beautiful new online read!! What I loved was that it had a little bit of everything to inspire and capture ones attention and the most beautiful, large, colourful images. Visually it’s stunning you wouldn’t even have to actually read the words to fall in love with it. It covers Architecture, design, food, travel, Artists, blogs, beautiful wares and more with photographers, stylists and trend spotters all contributing. Issue two has just been launched on Friday 12th August. I particularly enjoyed the article on Abbey Mcculloch, go take a look at her beautiful, bold, colourful paintings.
I’ve recently come accross a very inspiring art, craft and illustration based mag called Paper Runway. This inspiring magazine can be read online too but you can also purchase printed issues to hold, feel and be inspired by at home. I think it’s fantastic to have the choice. As it’s name suggests it’s everything to do with paper; products, artists, illustrators, crafters, and even DIY projects to have fun with yourself. This is a new publication as well and issue 2 is currently online with issue 3 available Tuesday 1st November. I’m hooked and it just oozes inspiration from every page. There are some incredibly talented people out there!
Finally I can’t go past mentioning the lovely Kinfolk magazine. I love the philosophy behind this online read; simply “a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings”. The notion of special gatherings, friendships, and the energy that is emmulated through entertaining in a way that is natural, simple yet still allowing an appreciation for design, aesthetics, and art to shine. It’s all about gathering family and friends organically.
Kinfolk can be viewed online or purchased in print as well, although Issue 1 is currently sold out. One can subscribe though to receive notifications of reprints. The images throughout Kinfolk are very reminicent of the daydreams and visual delights that roam around constantly in my head. I have always been told my head is stuck in the clouds. Kinfolk is visually very engaging and you can almost feel the sense of calm, timeless joy and blissful happiness that these gatherings evoke. Do make sure you check out the short movie on their home page too.
Well I hope you enjoy these links to some online browsing as much as I do. A visual delight full of ideas to inspire ones creativity, life and passion. On Sunday I shall share some photos of some creative pieces I’ve been busy working on recently.
PS. I’m sorry this midweek post is a day late, our lil man Tully (3) was home with me yesterday, and last night wasn’t feeling well or like sleeping…at all. We gave up trying to get anything done at 1:30am and went to bed with him between us x