Mohawk Maker Quarterly #10: Beauty
Beauty isn’t a superficial aesthetic trait; it inspires, moves and engages us. It triggers emotion. It attracts. It gives pleasure.
What’s more, beauty is universal: Everyone, regardless of culture, age or experience can recognize and appreciate a beautiful person, scene, object or sound, even though we have differing opinions of what qualifies as beautiful.
Since the Mohawk Maker Quarterly’s inception in 2013, and with each issue since, Mohawk and partner, Hybrid Design have pushed the boundaries of creative expression in print. Issue nine featured a substantial change to the masthead and a new form factor, while issue ten goes one step further by completely upending traditional publication guidelines by organizing the content in a series of five large-format posters.
Dora Drimalas, Principal of Hybrid Design adds, “Beauty motivates, opens our eyes and captures our attention. It has the remarkable power to move us independent of, and often in opposition to, our rational mind. Even for those of us who can admit beauty moves us, we struggle to justify it. To make truly great work we need to accept the value of that which is hard to measure, and unapologetically advocate for the emotional response it can provoke.”
The cover of issue ten is a tri-fold pocket folder which serves as a container for the five sections of this quarterly, each printed on different textured and colored Mohawk papers. Inspired by airport carpets, the cover pattern aims to create beauty from a source we rarely notice and otherwise find aesthetically unappealing. The combination of Strathmore Wove Charcoal Gray and holographic foil allows the beauty of the materials to shine, creating a visual and tactile experience with a single printing process.
The inside front cover features a table of contents introducing the five “chapters” of the publication, each designed to explore beauty from a unique perspective and a distinct voice while demonstrating five different papers. Each chapter is an eight-panel “mega-brochure” that reveals a full 24 x 36” poster featuring photography, typography, illustration, narrative and architecture when it is unfolded.
The Beauty Issue brings in several new writers who bring new depth and perspective. Feature articles include:
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Printed on Mohawk Via Smooth, Light Green, 70 text. The simple combination of colored paper and one ink make the paper as important an element as the printing.
- The Shock of the New, the Yawn of the Old, written by John Dugan – Rebels upset our notions of beauty again and again – we’d be bored to death if they didn’t. Beauty might be our most powerful social construct, but it’s far from eternal. What looks or sounds ideal is sometimes an invisible set of rules that changes over time and from place to place.
- Good Food for All, written by Bryn Mooth – As top chefs open quick-and-casual restaurants, they’re bringing beautiful, healthful dishes from the realm of haute cuisine into fast food.
- The Burden of Beauty, written by Dora Drimalas – When we take a nonlinear creative path, exploring twists and turns along the way, we find beauty as our destination.
Mohawk Maker Quarterly issue ten also features the following makers:
- Eric Cahan, Photographer, Brooklyn, New York, USA
- Sightglass Coffee, Coffee Roasters/Shop, San Francisco, California, USA
- Ode to Things, Product Designers/Shop, New Hampshire, USA
- Agostino iacurci, Fine artist, Rome, Italy
- Klaus Kemp, Scientist/Algae Compositions, Somerset, England
- Gravel and Gold, Retail/Curation, San Francisco, CA, USA
The issue features a selection of six distinctive colored and textured papers drawn from the following Mohawk paper grades: Strathmore, Options, Via, Loop, and legendary Mohawk Superfine. It was skillfully printed by Sandy Alexander, Inc., Clifton, NJ, using four color printing, match grey, holographic foil, match green, match red-orange, light grey, match deep purple, yellow, match deep blue, fluorescent green, and match aqua blue.
A commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (called "fountain solution"), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.
After two years of publication, the ninth issue of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly has been refreshed and redesigned, serendipitously themed around the concept of inspiration.
The process of making something — method, materials, ingredients, artistry, experience — is the squiggly line between idea and object. In issue 11 of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly, we celebrate makers who take conscious paths to get from Point A to Point B.