I think I first met Guernsey based Martine at Knit Nation in London several years ago. I then listened to her podcast a few days later to hear her talking excitedly with followers of the show about their gorgeous yarn and fluffy (pom pom) purchases. It was like taking part in a crafty conversation with knitting group friends who perfectly understand the need to purchase that beautiful ball of yarn you just had to have - needless to say I loved it. I then had the pleasure of meeting Martine and the lovely Kate (it's a show rule that this is her pre-fix) over a year ago when they visited Toft Alpacas where I was working at the time. The podcast following this visit was a great listen, okay so I might be a tiny bit biased as they were both very complimentary, but have a listen. So I've been a fan of the podcast for a while and I regularly indulge in a listen whilst having some lunch at my kitchen table with a cup of Earl Grey.
Now to the magazine. Of course it combines Martine's inimitable style found on her blog and in the podcast, featuring friends of both, including the lovely Kate and foody Charles, brought to life in a longer, content rich format. The design is fun, informal and classic, mirroring the look of the blog and inviting creative types to enjoy a good read with more than a side portion of inspiration. An article on foraging for example by fellow Guernsey dweller Jen Merrit, must be the first I've read on the subject. Whether I'll be brave enough to pick nettles and use them instead of spinach the jury is out, who knows, it would certainly be one way to clear up the garden!
|Record Bowls, photo courtesy of iMake blog.|
The magazine balances smaller lifestyle pieces with indepth articles. One such article about rare breed sheep by Clare Devine (who also designed the layout of the magazine for Martine) struck a particular cord with me. My experience of yarn from animal to ball of yarn is mainly with alpaca. So although I have seen and been intrigued by the seaweed eating North Ronadlsay sheep for example, I'm quite a novice when it comes to the rare breeds we have here in the UK. The article has certainly made me want to get out there to discover and support UK breeds and check out the work of Nude Ewe, of whom I'd never heard. In fact I've been inspired to make contact again with a lady just outside of this very village about her co-operative of rare breed sheep owners. I'd nearly forgotten there is potential for local craft materials right on my own door step, thanks to this article I can't wait to learn more.
|North Ronadlsy sheep, photo courtesy of Orkney.com|
I did think that some of the articles could have been balanced with a few more photographs, particularly as the photos that are used are of such a high quality. Martine tells me that future issues will have even more photographs, this was down to a small teething issue with embedding photos that is all fixed now.
So there you are, iMake issue 1 is available on Etsy for a mere snip and I highy recommend it. Click here for links to purchase and sign up to be notified when new issues are released. Supporting this issue means that not only are you supporting a fellow creative maker who has more than enough ideas and inspiration to go around, you are also ensuring issue 2 sees the light, so go on, you know it makes sense...!