What is Psyche Publication?
Psyche Publication is a mental health and sociopolitical risograph magazine. Psyche aims to engage and provoke discussion about mental health and embraces the transformative nature of storytelling and human expression.
Our desire is to create a platform for a broad range of sociopolitical themes to be discussed, with an open submission policy to ensure our content is relevant and current. This has lead us to the intersection of the mind, mental health, philosophy and politics. Our second issue focuses on: CONFRONTATIONS.
Our first issue was shortlisted for Stack Student Magazine of the Year Award, a Silver Creative Conscience Award and featured in Intern Magazine | It's Nice That Issue One was stocked in Printed Matter (New York), Libreria bookshop (London), Good Press (Glasgow), Aye Aye Books (Glasgow), Paradise Palms (Edinburgh) and more. See our Stack Magazine review of Issue 1 here
Psyche was founded by Lucy Grainge and Juliette Fitzgerald Duffy in their final year of Communication Design at The Glasgow School of Art.
Why do we talk about mental health?
Mental Health is increasingly becoming a topic of conversation, and for good reason. 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Psyche is proud to be part of the growing number of magazines and art forms that are addressing and continuing the conversation about our mental health and inner worlds.
Psyche is about dissecting lived experience, allowing us the necessary luxury of reflection. It's about finding ways to grow, challenge our learned behaviours, and to escape coping mechanisms born out of trauma. Rather than just getting by and surviving we want to contribute to a culture of growth, compassion, curiosity without judgment and ultimately: healing.
In this CONFRONTATIONS issue we have 28 pieces by writers, poets, an environmental collective, social workers, actors, singer songwriters, fashion designers, librarians, baristas, art students and copy writers and more sharing their perspectives. As a result we tackle subject matter ranging from mental health, to fat-phobia, eco-anxiety, police brutality, minimal brexit, the political climate in Nothern Ireland, benefits, sexism, personal relationships and more.
What is risograph printing?
The choice of the risograph printing method is integral to Psyche, both for sustainable reasons but also for the intimacy and quality of each printed page. Risograph produces a unique aesthetic due to the overlays created and subtle inconsistencies between each print. Each of the 500 copies are unique.
Risograph is an energy efficient method of printing, creating minimal waste. Our printers Out of the Blueprint use soy based ink and banana paper stencils, they print on recycled paper stock and use local suppliers to reduce impact to the environment. Read more about our printers here
Our Environmental stance
Where we can we make sure Psyche is as minimal cost to the environment as possible.
- Risograph is an energy efficient method of printing.
- All of the inner paper and test prints are printed on recycled paper.
- The thank you cards we are sending out will be on test prints or misprints from the magazine.
- We are trying to source recycled packaging / wallets to wrap issue 2 in - please get in touch if you have any leads !
We do all of the illustrations and design within Psyche collaboratively. We begin with ink drawings which we then edit digitally. This time round we cut up fruit, smashed some Nokias and scanned our faces. We’ve decided to maintain control over the visuals within Psyche as it is a hugely cathartic part of the process for us.
We’ve borrowed from the language of measurement and info graphics, blending the language of precise numerical data with the fluidity and ephemerality of the mind and our often hard to interpret, intangible inner worlds. We create the illustrations then the risograph will again translate them to something different, meaning we never know exactly how the final design will turn out..we talk a little more about out process within the issue.
Please see Kickstarter video for snippets of test prints and work in progress photos !
Format of Psyche issue two
Issue 2 will be perfect bound and printed in 3 colours; blue, yellow and fluorescent orange. It contains 28 pieces of writing including articles, poems, reflective pieces and interviews. 114 pages, and the dimensions (172 x 236 mm, between A5 and A4). Cover paper - Pistachio Colourplan GF Smith 270gsm, Inside paper - Corona offset 120gsm.
We shall be printing a limited edition run of 500 copies with the social enterprise Out of the Blueprint in Edinburgh https://outoftheblueprint.org/
The Psyche team includes:
Art Direction, Design, illustration and editing - Lucy Grainge and Juliette Fitzgerald Duffy
All of our contributors : ) Design help - Lucy Watkins, Editing - Aimée Fitzgerald Duffy, Adam Ogwu, Freya Laird Risograph separations help - Mari Campistron. Risograph printing - Johnny Gailey and Bethany Thompson at Out of the Blueprint. Music on Kickstarter video - Skye Goulding.
Our launch events
For the previous issue we were able to physically bring a community together at our launch event at The Glasgow School of Art Student Union. We had spoken word poetry, performances, speakers and an exhibition of Psyche’s work.
We plan to develop this element of our platform by hosting more regular events in local spaces of varying activities to bring the Psyche community together and create safe spaces for self expression and discussion.
Issue 2 launch will be on Saturday 18th May at Colab, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
''A brilliantly intimate magazine of internal worlds, I loved the way that the first Psyche wormed its way through the body, using the tactile risograph print to create fat, bulging intestines alongside fleeting, ethereal ideas. I’m really looking forward to seeing where Lucy and Juliette take it from there.'' Steven Watson, Stack Magazines.
“It’s great that we’re moving towards an era where mental health is up for discussion in the creative industries. Psyche is a unique and important voice in that conversation, expertly exploring the inner self and its relationship to the world around us.” Alec Dudson, Intern Magazine
'It’s amazing to see young designers use their talents for the greater good. Psyche not only promotes an openness about mental health but builds a community of voices along with this.'' Chrissy Levett, Creative Conscience.
REWARDS FOR PLEDGING
If you pledge £15 or more to our Kickstarter these are the limited edition A3 prints you will receive. They are printed on 190 gsm recycled Corona offset. If we meet our target we can add a drop down menu and you can choose which one you'd like.
Option 1 - Limited Edition Psyche A3 2 colour risograph print (fluo orange and blue ink)
Option 2 - Limited Edition Psyche A3 2 colour risograph print (yellow and blue ink)
Option 3 - Limited Edition Psyche A3 2 colour risograph print (fluo orange and blue ink)
*Limited edition prints may be subject to slight changes*
Psyche Issue Two launch * Saturday 18th May at Colab, Glasgow. *
If you have supported our Kickstarter and you attend the launch, we shall give you your reward then. Otherwise we shall post them out with a week of the launch and before any stockists receive copies. Therefore by supporting our Kickstarter you will be one of the first to receive a copy and are helping Psyche to continue to issue 3!
We are promoting our Kickstarter on Saturday 4th May at Colab, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, alongside other exciting events.
We would like to thank the continued support and generosity of our friends, family, Paulin, GF Smith, Out of the Blueprint and GSA Sustainability.
Thank you, without you we wouldn't have come this far.
Thanks for reading.
Love from Lucy and Juliette x
Risks and challenges
We have worked very hard to ensure Psyche issue 2 meets our expectations. We do the majority of the editing, design and visuals ourselves and every part of the process is overseen by us until we send it to print.
However, sometimes things can happen beyond our control. Running and creating a magazine has many obstacles and setbacks, and we are still learning. We are very transparent about our process and if there is a delay or something goes wrong we will let you know.
The nature of risograph printing means each copy will be sightly different and unique. We have a great relationship with our experienced printers at Out of the Blueprint (in Edinburgh) and we have worked with them before on our individual projects. We have paid visits throughout the printing process and we know it is in safe hands. Psyche is currently being collated and sent to the binders, so we are very close to delivering the final copies.
We do Psyche alongside full time jobs and have done the latter part of Psyche 2 remotely as we live in separate cities. We have been working on this issue for close to 2 years and we have delayed this launch to ensure we can deliver to you what we say we will.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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