Central Saint Martins boasts a reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious art schools. Now a group of its students have launched a biannual print publication celebrating the university’s exceptional talents, entitled 1 Granary.
Founded and edited by Olya Kuryshchuk, the debut issue features alumni such as Katie Grand, Robin Derrick, Kate Phelan and John Galliano, as well as the most exciting new talent currently studying at CSM’s King’s Cross campus.
Twin spoke to associate editor Greg French about the magazine’s inception, vision and future. Read on for the exclusive interview…
Central Saint Martins has had a longstanding reputation and legacy. In the age of digital publishing and university spending cuts, what made it important to do this magazine now?
I think it’s incredibly important to be able to find a sense of permanent presence alongside digital publishing. There seems to be a constant conflict between digital and print, yet there needs to be more of an understanding that both can support and be used alongside each other to push concepts further than previously possible. It seemed important as it’s a new beginning for the college in its new premises. We really wanted something physical to sit alongside our site, as a milestone for this great turning point in the college’s history.
What ethos lies at the heart of 1 Granary?
At the heart of magazine are unity and hard work, not only in terms of the amount of work that we put into establishing 1 Granary, but also in the level of craftsmanship that is put into each garment, artwork and editorial content that we show. It’s about showcasing all the amazing talent and saying that it is possible and achievable, regardless of what is or isn’t happening in the education system or the economy.
How would you describe the process of putting together the debut issue, were there any surprises or directional changes?
It was actually really liberating. I’ve worked on magazines before, but this was the first thing that wasn’t bound to anything. We didn’t answer to anyone and that gave us a platform to experiment, try new things and do it completely in the way that we wanted. We have an amazing team and had so much fun putting it all together. It was exhausting at times as we were all juggling internships, jobs and college work, but at the same time it was our way of resting because we loved doing it so much.
What can we expect for Issue No. 2?
It’s still very much in its early stages, but the main thing you can expect is a continuing debut of really great, fresh, raw talent and a team that isn’t afraid to take risks.
1 Granary Issue #1 is available to pre-order here and hits newstands on May 20.