Mohawk Maker Quarterly Issue #2: Mastery of Materials
We know when we encounter well-made things. They taste better, last longer, look more beautiful and feel good in our hands. To put it simply, materials matter.
Craftsmen make great products as a result of the time and energy spent developing their craft and perfecting processes, but everything begins with great raw materials: the pulp and the water, the wood and the steel, the cotton, the coffee bean.
The second issues of the Mohawk Craft Cooperative and the Mohawk Maker Quarterly focus on the topic of materials – specifically the importance of selecting and using the highest quality raw materials to achieve the finest end results. We spoke to a diverse group of artists and craftspeople and asked them to tell the stories behind their materials. While each person we spoke with had a unique story to tell and expertise to share, we found that underlying these differences were two common values: quality and sustainability.
The issue includes the following feature articles:
- Seed to Sheet – Recycled pulps and sustainable forests are changing how we think about paper.
- A Case of Adaption – Embracing new technology while still championing traditional craftsmanship.
- The Story of Loop – How a paper line has helped reinvent the way products should be made in the 21st century.
- From Designer to Brewer – How the creative power of design can build an amazing and passionate product.
Materials Matter – Interviews with these materials experts explaining why they go to great lengths to use only the highest quality materials for their products:
- KOBO Pure Soy Candles, Makers of handcrafted soy candles
- Pendleton Woolen Mills, Weavers of 100% virgin wool
- Laguintas Brewing Company, Artisan microbrewer, Petaluma, CA
- Kristin Jackson, Author of It’s Not You, Its Brie,
- Koppi Coffee, Fine coffee roasters, Helsingborg, Sweden
A variety of talented makers are profiled as Champions of Craft in issue eight, including DODOcase, Almanac Beer Company, Sawkill Lumber Co., Brooklyn Slate, Heath Ceramics, Mast Brothers Chocolate, Harris Tweed Authority, Juniper Ridge, and Neeman Tools.
To enhance the fine materials messaging, the publications were printed on Mohawk Loop, a 100% PCW recycled paper, designed to reduce the impact on the environment without sacrificing print performance. The story of Mohawk Loop, and the lifecycle of a sustainable sheet of paper is chronicled within each of the publications.
The Mohawk Maker Quarterly issue 2 was designed by Hybrid Design, San Francisco, CA; printed on Mohawk Loop, Inxwell Vellum, Eco White (100% PCW), 80 Text (118 gsm). The publication was printed by Classic Graphics, Charlotte, NC.
The Mohawk Craft Cooperative
The Mohawk Craft Cooperative is a quarterly publication designed to appeal to printers by restoring printers’ belief in the power of craftsmanship in the midst of a digital world. The publication features strategies on growing business though craftsmanship, selling print in a digital world, tips on working with the mill, and thoughts from industry leaders, including Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology and James Fooks-Bale, Creative Director, Monotype.
The Mohawk Craft Cooperative, issue two, focuses on ‘The Business of Materials’. The publication features a beautifully designed 27” x 19” poster with a powerful message:
“Better quality materials bring more sense into play. They look different, they feel different, they create an emotional response.”
– Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology
Designed by Hybrid Design, San Francisco, CA; The Mohawk Craft Cooperative, issue 2 is printed on Mohawk Loop, Feltmark, White (100% PCW), 65 cover (176gsm); and was printed using four color process by Classic Graphics, Charlotte, NC.
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.
In a technological era punctuated with e-mail, smart phones, tablets and texts, Mohawk believes that a new maker culture is emerging. Mohawk is supporting this community of like-minded makers with the introduction of The Mohawk Maker Quarterly.
Craftsmanship and attention to detail define excellence in any discipline. The third issues of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly and the Mohawk Craft Cooperative focus on the importance of the details, one of Mohawk’s core business beliefs.
We’re more successful when we share knowledge, resources and information than by going it alone. Partnerships are important, and humans crave interconnectivity and sharing. By connecting with our peers and seeking collaboration, we create new opportunities for growth and learning.