Junko is an artist-led, independent arts and design magazine. We started by launching our first issue in 2016, Junko California, to test out the model and see how much we enjoyed making it. After a successful yet small print run we are now looking to make Junko an annual print edition. Next up is Junko Iceland!
In the long term the idea is to travel to a particular region of the world with each issue to explore, observe and document the physical, urban and rural landscapes. Along the way we stop off to meet and interview a select handful of the most exciting emerging and mid-career artists and designers, who we believe are defining the visual arts scene of their homelands. The aim is to understand how our environment intrinsically impacts the creative process and lifestyle; to know how geographical location, climate, social structures and proximity to nature plays its part in the way we as artists, live and work.
In a nut-shell:
- An artist-led, independent travelling arts and design mag
- We feature in-depth interviews with artists and designers about their work and how their locality shapes their practice.
With your help we want to make Junko a long term project in the form of an annual magazine. Our first issue, Junko California, sold out in Tate Modern, Artwords and Magazine Brighton in the UK - as well as other great UK stores - and internationally at LPP in San Francisco and Athenaeum in Amsterdam, to name a few.
With the Kickstarter funds of £2000 we can make our next issue, Junko Iceland, a reality. If we receive more than £2000 we can begin increasing the print run and distribute to more stockists worldwide.
So you know we're fully invested in this project please know that we are also putting our money where our mouth is and will be devoting £2000 of our own funds entirely towards the printing costs of Junko Iceland. We also fully funded our own travel costs during two research trips to Iceland.
By supporting the Junko vision you have an opportunity to support the start-up and help us to create a beautifully crafted art object that gives artists and designers a platform to discuss their work.
Importantly, it also gives us all the opportunity to understand a foreign culture. We believe that understanding how communities around the world live and work, in relation to their geographical location and resources available to them, can help us understand our own local communities and build a more connected, understanding and engaged global society.
In a nut-shell:
- We need funds to get our next issue to print and help us grow the reach of the magazine
- We want to continue providing a platform for artists and designers to share their work and experiences and in doing so inform aspiring creatives of the realities of this path.
- In connecting international art communities we aim to help foster a more connected and understanding global community
For those interested in nerding out on paper stocks, like us, here's the rundown:
Junko Iceland will be printed on FSC papers (Forest Stewardship Council certification means the papers have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner). We will print with Park Comms in London, a renowned and highly qualified print house who helped us bring Junko California to life.
We're suckers for paper stock and so a range of beautiful papers will be chosen to best depict and portray our experiences of the majestic landscapes of Iceland. We also like to include surprise design features, such as pull out inserts, within the pages. The tactility of the publication is just as important to us as the high quality content.
- 220 x 280mm
- Litho Print
- Approx. 140 pages
- RRP £14.99
All specs may be subject to change/improvement as the project evolves.
Here are a few snaps of the first iteration of Junko, Junko California:
In order to make this artist-led project a long term reality we need pledges from the likes of you. In return for whatever you can give we have come up with some rewards in order to say thank you.
A personal note of thanks:
A copy of Junko Iceland:
A limited edition postcard print by photographer Brighitta Moser-Clark:
A seed-paper Junko bookmark that can be planted in the garden when you're done using it:
A link to our first issue, Junko California, in digital format:
An 8x10" print from Junko California:
A signed photographic print, of your choice, from Junko California or Iceland, by founder Amy Moffat:
The Retailers Pledge Options:
We have a great list of international stockists who sold out of copies of Junko California, including:
- Tate Modern, London
- Artwords, London
- Magalleria, Bath
- Magazine Brighton, Brighton
- Ti Pi Tin, London
- The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
- Little Paper Planes, San Francisco
- Athenaeum, Amsterdam
- Chandal, Barcelona
Add your store's name to the list of Junko stockists and support independent publishing, by pre-ordering either 10 or 20 copies.
Our Junko video was put together by the very talented Luis Murrighile
Risks and challenges
There is always the risk that we could miss our production deadline, so you’ll receive Junko Iceland a couple of weeks later than expected. However, we'll do our best to stick to our deadlines and give you something that we hope you will feel proud about supporting.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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