The mission of Provencial is to encourage a lifestyle of balance with a clear and intentional delineation between work and rest. We humans are not hardwired to live in chaos. Provencial is a creative method incarnate that aims to free our communities from the chaotic mind set, exploring processes that quell the spirit and nourish the soul. Through highlighting communities, people, local artisans, places and topographies that are purely provencial, we seek to inspire full productivity without exceeding a healthy mental capacity, and to encourage readers that slowing down is an integral part of life and work alike.
Provencial began as most passion projects do. Our editor, Grace, had an inspiring experience last summer, spending time in the South of France. "Beyond just the beautiful scenery, there was an overall aura that was a deeper inspiration for me. It was the lifestyle that resonated with my heart. Everyone had their everyday responsibilities, just like anywhere else in the world, but they weren't in a constant panic about them, like they weren't going to get done. People completed their tasks, without rushing and went about their days. I went to family gatherings, markets, etc. where everyone had their craft, which was completed with care and excellence and shared with all.
That way of life is possible everywhere, in every city. Obviously sometimes it's not circumstantially, but it's an internal rotation of your worldview that can simplify and inspire you more than before. New York City is unlike any other place in the world. It's inspiring and wonderful. However, life here is unbearably busy. We all grab at every opportunity to climb this invisible ladder that doesn't actually exist. Upon getting back to Brooklyn from France, I was convinced to check myself and my lifestyle and strive to bring the Provencial life here. It's absolutely possible."
Now we need your help to move this vision forward. The next logical step is to move from online to print - to give our readers something exquisite to hold in their hand with content that inspires in them the ability to unwind and to find out for themselves what the Provencial Life is to them. Inside Volume One you'll find stunning pieces from all over the world: Brooklyn, Nashville, Florida, Utah, Australia, Italy, Canada and more.
Our printing company is the same that prints many other high quality quarterlies, such as Kinfolk, Inventory, Gather Journal, and The Paris Journal to name a few. We are 100% confident in their services to delivery the highest quality paper, color and binding.
Page size - 8 1/2 X 10 3/4 BE - 120 pgs.
Inks - Cover: Litho'd 4C Process Ink + Velvet film lamination
Text pages: Litho'd 4C Process Ink throughout.
Finishing - PUR Perfect Bind and bulk shrink - wrap
What the money is for:
- Our minimum goal is solely for paying for the high quality print of 1,000 copies of Volume One, plus kickstarter fees and reward production.
- Any additional funds will go straight into company costs: including operations and future prints.
- We also highly value the hard work of our contributors. They have worked so hard to bring the best content, we believe in the world, to Provencial's first Volume. It is a priority of Provencial Magazine as a company to compensate these talented creatives for their hard work. We highly appreciate them and their talents and want to honor their work with a paycheck!
- Another operational cost is that of equipment. In the future, we will be creating high quality short films highlighting different experiences, people, places, etc. and need the proper equipment to make these films as high quality as possible, as well as for in house shoots for online and print.
- Another top priority is to build a high quality, custom website. We want to completely customize our online experience and hire the best designer to do it!
We have incredible global community of creatives. They are businesses, designers, artisans, shops, bloggers and more. They believe in our vision and are examples of those living the Provencial life. We're proud supporters of them all and in the future will host Provencial Practice events including conferences on running your passion project/small business with excellence, as well as regional and global marketplaces to showcase these amazingly talented folks.
The magazine layout will be designed under the direction of our editorial staff by TH-NKS - a creative consultant team based out of Brooklyn, NY.
Volume One Contributors:
Bio - Haruka is a graphic designer and photographer residing in Brooklyn, NY. Years of hostel-hopping and traveling to lesser-known pockets of the world have informed her unique style of photography. In 2013, Haruka launched her design studio The Denizen Co. When Haruka is not designing, she can be found writing, camping, backpacking and dreaming about her future microhouse cabin in the woods.
Volume One Story - A day in the life of a traditional Japanese woodworker living and working in Miyama, a sleepy village nestled in the mountains of rural Kyoto.
Bio - Erin Grimson was born in Chicago and grew up a little bit all over the country. In 2013, she spent her Winter and Spring living in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. She entrenched herself in the tradition of black and white street photography and brought her fresh perspective back stateside. She now lives and creates with her home-base in East Tennessee.
Volume One Story - We find ourselves in the home of Joanna Warren- the place where she raises her children, cooks her meals, rests her head, and as of this year- churns out handmade leather goods that seem to be an extension of her heart and soul.
Bio - Valentina Solfrini is a 23 year old Graphic and Web Designer, author of the blog Hortus Cuisine, which focuses on vegetarian Italian-style cooking. Suspended between Italy - her home country, and the city of New York, she was seduced by photography and food blogging a year ago, and has been using both means to document the life, recipes and stories of people and farmers in rural Italy. She loves talking to random people, especially in the New York metro (though she's been called crazy more than once for this).
Volume One Story - Marvels from the Italian underground: Undisclosing the life of farmers and hunters during the fall in Italy, when truffles, porcini and cave-aged cheeses are taken out of the underground and brought to new life, in the lush, misty hills and countryside of Le Marche Region.
Bio - Leah is an observer. Images, words, tunes, spaces – they all work together and she has found that through the connection of different mediums, such as words and photographs, stories are given life and in turn life is given fullness. Leah has worked with several small businesses, building their brand development and coordinating events, and both her writings and photographs have been published by various magazines. She is most of all an adventurer - finding and loving the small things in the big unknown and documenting it along the way.
Volume One Story - A story about adventure, exploration of the unknown, as means of inspiration, design, and creation – featuring Emily Howard of Consider the Wldflwrs.
Bio - Lean Timms is an Australian photographer currently living in Jacksonville, Florida. Ever inspired by wandering and seeking, seasonal changes and good food, Lean strives to capture moments of the simple life rich in beauty and culture. Her online food and travel journal, Lean + Meadow, keeps her happily submerged in global roaming, recipe tasting, produce hunting and light searching. Lean is thrilled to be a contributor of Provincial Magazine and to continue sharing stories of food and travel with you all.
Volume One Story - Cumberland Island, GA: Ruins stand silent, wild horses run and wind brushed sand dunes meet the Atlantic sea. By ferry and by foot, through forest and salted marsh, we will wander this place.
Bio - John is a writer and photographer adventuring in Saint John, New Brunswick along the East Coast of Canada. Throughout the years, John has travelled throughout most of North America meeting people and telling their stories. Right now, John is working as a barista while pressing forward into what it means to help people discover that they have a beautiful story to share.
Volume One Story - Discovering in the hidden town of St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada, a small fishing town where you leave the loudness of the city chaos and find yourself lost in the ocean and a land of quiet.
Bio - A former lawyer turned freelance writer and editor, Kristina's writing is kindled by the stuff of everyday life. Good living—as with good writing—comes in paying attention to the details.
Volume One Story - A piece about collections—the things we gather and why, and how mementoes act as touchable roadmaps of our experiences.
Bio - With an infinite sense of adventure and love of nature, Kristen enjoys nothing more than setting off into the unfamiliar with camera in hand. Based out of Portland, Oregon, you can often find her reading a good book or editing photos in one the many coffee shops in her current city.
Volume One - A narrative that will encourage readers to seek beauty and inspiration outside the norm with the ambition of finding adventures and stories of their own.
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Risks and challenges
The risk is that there could be a delay in our print timeline. We don't foresee any delays as we've given ourselves ample time, however, there is of course always the chance that happens.
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