Mary Pinkoski Writer Interview


“…we secret away stories in our faces…”

Mary Pinkoski is a celebrated spoken word poet, the current Poet Laureate of Edmonton, and a previous contributor to Papirmass! Her poetry, with lines that will transport you, has appeared previously in issue 3 and in issue 42. We are thrilled her visceral and dynamic work will be coming to our November issue. Subscribe by Oct 20 to receive Mary’s poem in your mailbox for only $5.75, shipping included. You’ll get 11 more art & literary surprises in the mail, all year long!

Art by Sophie Lecuyer accompanies it. View the gallery of Sophie’s work here.

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Hi Mary! This is your third contribution to Papirmass, but for those who are just meeting you, could you introduce yourself?

I was born in a time when of green leaves in a wild horse city, grew up in a smokestack city that taught me how to find blue amidst the chugging blue collar workers, and I found my voice in bar in Missouri. I have been called a spoken word poet by writers better than me. I am currently the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate.

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Your piece for Papirmass is a beautiful poem about familial relationships and women’s aging. Could you give us some more perspective on it?

The poem explores the places in our bodies which hold our histories and stories. It is mapping of how we secret away stories in our faces and an examination of coming to speak any of the stories that we are scared to speak.”

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Are there specific narratives or themes that you find yourself continually exploring in your work?

I am continually exploring the idea of voice and speaking and silence – probably because so much of work is based in performance.
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You have a prolific career as a spoken word artist. How did you become involved in that scene? What about it compels you most?

I have been brought up in the spoken word scene through various Edmonton groups, including The Stroll of Poets, The Raving Poets and The Breath In Poetry Collective. I would be nowhere without those who have taught and mentored me: Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary), Thomas Trofimuk (Edmonton) and Regie Cabico (Washington, DC).

I am drawn to spoken word because of its flexible and immediate relationship with narrative, as well as its accessibility. Spoken word actively encourages the telling of stories and the listening to stories by anyone who is willing to speak and I think that fosters community, which is exciting to me.

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What’s on your horizon for the next year?  Any new developments and exciting events?

I will be finishing up my tenure as Poet Laureate and working on a number of new projects, as well as continuing to perform.

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Mary Pinkoski is our November 2014 writer.
This is a taste of what’s to come when we release her print at the beginning of the month.

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$69 in North America, $99 Internationally. 

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Photomass October Giveaway: Top 7 Entries Round 2!

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The amazing entries to our PHOTOMASS contest continue to pour in.
It’s getting competitive to win the book Collage by Danielle Krysa, aka The Jealous Curator,
recently released by Chronicle Books, but there is still half a month left.

How to enter? Just snap a photo and tag us in it! #papirmass or @papirmass.
We want to see what inspires you, pictures of your Papirmass prints, and your art. Get snapping!

Here are this week’s TOP 7 ENTRIES to our contest.  Check out part one of the entries here!

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But our collage-love doesn’t end here. Our Collage Exchange Contest with Brown Paper Bag
gives you a chance to be win $250 in prizes and be published in Papirmass!

Sign up ends November 15th! More info here:

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Sophie Lécuyer: Artist Interview

“Culture, somewhere, is rooted inside us…”

Sophie Lécuyer is a visual artist and illustrator from France whose work ranges from beautiful, backlit silkscreens to sprawling and intricately detailed etchings. In her art, Sophie conjures a world full of the dark, the fantastical and the mythical. She is our November artist, so subscribe by October 20th to get her print! View our gallery of her art here.

A poem by Mary Pinkoski is paired with this print.

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Hi Sophie! Can you introduce yourself to our readers? 

I come from a small town between mountains. I studied at the Fine Art School of Nancy (France), where I discovered printmaking. I graduated in 2010 and since then have lived and worked as a visual artist. I essentially work around drawing and etching in my own workshop. I like playing with different techniques. My work is quite narrative so I also developed my graphic universe through editions of prints and printing my own books. In addition to my exhibitions I regularly make illustration for paper presses or editions.

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Your piece for Papirmass is a really beautiful illustration that has a great list of names in it. Can you tell us more about the piece?

That piece was an illustration commissioned by the French magazine INfluencia. Each explores a different general subject and this time the theme was Culture. So, I made this image to illustrate the the idea that culture, somewhere, is rooted inside us. This tattooed women wearing in her skin the names of great artists or famous people was a manner to show how much culture can be important in our life.

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Are there specific narratives or themes that you find yourself continually exploring in your work?

The thing that I am always looking for in my images is creating the ambiguity. I like images that doesn’t say everything and that bring you more far, deeper. My images seems to be kind but there is always something strange behind that disturb you. So I take my inspiration in all that touch to gloomy atmospheres, strange and fantastic. Forest, night, nature, cosmos… Tales or myths are also a big inspiring source for me. I like treating about visceral things.

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Are you a full-time illustrator or do you have a day job? How do you balance art and life?

I have no day job. I am a visual artist at full-time.

It’s not an easy way but if you realy want to progress in your art and have hope to live one day thanks to it, that need to be totally dedicated to it. Of course that is hard because I often lack money, but I make my living better and better. And mainly, I really like my way of life. I feel me free to manage my time as I want and I do what I love. that’s priceless!

However, I do occasionally teach some courses for children or art students. That always helps!

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Tell us about the art scene in Nancy, France.

Surprisingly, the most interesting projects I have had were not in Nancy. This town relies essentially on its heritage and doesn’t develop so much contemporary art. And there are too few interesting galleries for my taste. However there is a cultural activity that is rather important, and lot of artists live here, most notably famous illustrators like Frédérique Bertrand, Jochen Gerner, and Lefred Thouron… 

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What’s on your horizon for the next year?  Any new developments and exciting events?

It’s always difficult to plan a long time in advance what I am going to do. For the moment I have different projects until December. Maybe next year I will participate to a drawing fair at Paris called “Drawing Now” with my galerist of Modulab. But personally I would like work on new editing projects. I have less and less time to do those kind of things because of the various exhibitions I have to make, and I miss it.

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Sophie Lécuyer is our November 2014 artist.
This is a taste of what’s to come when we release her print at the beginning of the month.

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$69 in North America, $99 Internationally. 

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Photomass October Giveaway: Top 7 Entries So Far!

We’ve got some amazing entries to our Photomass contest! This month’s prize is the book Collage by Danielle Krysa, aka The Jealous Curator. But our collage-love doesn’t end here. Click here for details about our Collage Exchange Contest for a chance to be published in Papirmass!
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Back to PHOTOMASS! Here are the TOP 7 ENTRIES to our contest thus far…


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Also, win $250 in prizes and the chance to be published in Papirmass
with our Collage Scrap Exchange contest 
with Brown Paper Bag.

Sign up ends November 15th! More info here:

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ISSUE 58: Hollie Chastain & Claire Caldwell

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It’s here! Issue 58, featuring Crater Lake by Hollie Chastain and La Gamine by Claire Caldwell. We love Hollie’s energetic collage, and paired it with Claire’s engaging poem about a day in Paris. Jp King designed this issue by risograph printing the text onto a sheet of vintage paper and scanning it in for the final CMYK offset print. The print measures 6×9 inches on archival paper.

Get this print for $5.00 TODAY ONLY with the discount code HOLLIE&CLAIRE at papirmass.com/products/58-hollie-chastain-claire-caldwell

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Crater Lake, by Hollie Chastain

Hollie Chastain’s elegant collages remix antique book covers with found paper, emotive figures, and hand-drawn elements. A self-trained artist, she has exhibited her work internationally and has appeared numerous times in print, most recently in Creative Block (Chronicle Books, 2014). She calls Chattanooga, Tennessee home. See more at holliechastain.com

 

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La Gamine, by Claire Caldwell

Claire Caldwell’s whimsical, unexpected and intimate poems have appeared in magazines and journals across Canada. Having recently won the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize in 2013, we’re thrilled with her debut collection, Invasive Species, which was recently published by Wolsak & Wynn. She lives in Toronto, where she works as a poet and editor. Read her tweets @cpmcaldwell

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Papirmass is an affordable art subscription that delivers a monthly print featuring fresh art and writing.

Never miss an issue:

$69 in North America, $99 Internationally. 

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Monthly Giveaway Rules

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Your photo can be of anything, but we must admit we are partial to photos of Papirmass issues,
either framed, held up by the receiver, or otherwise.

Show us how you use your prints, what your favourite is, and where you live!

There is no limit to the number of times one person can win.

Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Tag us to enter!

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Ode to WORN

Our friends at WORN Fashion Journal are set to soon release their last issue, and it’s not news that we revel in sharing. WORN has been an inspiration to Papirmass since our own early beginnings in Montreal. They took something that was ubiquitous – the fashion magazine – and put a wholly original spin on it. By taking a genre that was rife with cliché and breathing fresh life into it, WORN pulled the rug out from under the publishing industry. We all have to jump a little when someone comes along and proves that the current way in which the world is portrayed is not the only way to see, and for their inspiring vision and inclusive content we will always respect them.

In brief, WORN is a fashion magazine that embraces diversity, is filled with smart writing, and frequently treads new ground with content that you just don’t see in print in many other places. They have published 20 issues over 10 years.

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Luckily for you, it is not too late! They are taking orders on the last issue for the next short while, and are currently hosting a slew of great deals. So order the last issue while you still can, and then, once you are filled with regret at finding this treasure too late, pick up the full archive in the form of a book recently released by Drawn & Quarterly.

Wishing all the Wornettes wonderful success in their sure-to-be brilliant futures! 

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BUY THE LAST ISSUE here:
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Read more about the decision to hang up their hats in this article in the National Post.

 

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Sophie Lécuyer: November Artist

Sophie Lécuyer is the invisible hand, conjuring all things. Wide ranging in her many styles and disciplines, she nimbly darts between them with apparent grace and mastery. Her images, installations, and book works range from dark and scratchy, to watery and bright, to cheeky, mischievous, sweet, sincere, fantastical – and more. Subscribe by October 20 for your monthly art & lit delivery to start with Sophie’s print!

Her art appears alongside the poetry of Mary Pinkoski.

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Sophie Lecuyer is our November 2014 artist.
This is a taste of what’s to come when we release her print at the beginning of the month.

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Papirmass is an affordable art subscription that delivers 12 prints a year featuring fresh art and writing.

$69 in North America, $99 Internationally. 

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See past issues   •   Learn how it works

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Papirmass & Brown Paper Bag Collage Scrap Exchange!

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Papirmass is happy to announce that we’ve paired up with the fantastic illustrative art blog
Brown Paper Bag to bring you super fun art contest: the Collage Scrap Exchange!
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Participate for the chance to win a prize package including:

+ A cash prize of $125
+ 2 free Papirmass subscriptions
+ And…get your work published in an issue of Papirmass!*
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So how does it work?

1) Signing up is free!

2) You will get matched up with a fellow collage artist based on your preferences

3) Exchange scraps with you partner via snail mail.**

4) Create a collage using both of your scraps! THEME: New Landscapes

5) Finish your artwork and show it off!
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Again, the contest theme is ‘New Landscapes’.
You have until November 15th to sign up, and all collage entries must be received by February 15!
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Share your progress on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.

Follow @papirmass and @brwnpaperbag and tag us in your work!
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All work will be published on the Collage Scrap Exchange website.
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*We reserve the right to not offer a prize if we do not find an entry we would like to publish.
**You will be responsible for the packaging and postage of your paper scraps.

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October Giveaway: Collage, by Danielle Krysa

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WIN a copy of the fantastic book Collage by Danielle Krysa, aka The Jealous Curator. Just released by Chronicle Books, this beauty features many of our favourite collage artists, including our current artist Hollie Chastain and our issue designer (and past contributor) Jp King. It’s a treasure-trove of inspiration!
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Danielle Krysa chose 30 talented collage/mixed media artist to feature in her book, inviting them both to profile their best work and collaborate on a new collage made from the same base image. The results are whimsical and captivating. We have not one, but multiple copies of the book to give away, so get snapping!

To enter, share photos of your collages, your art, your inspiration and your Papirmass prints via social media! Just tag us to enter (and make sure @chroniclebooks knows about your #ChronicleCrush).

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Photo Contest

PHOTOMASS CONTEST RULES: As always, entering is easy! We will pick our favourite photo
– of anything related to our current theme – at the end of the month.

Share your own photos and tag us to enter: #papirmass or @papirmass. Get snapping!

To enter your photo, simply post it to InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.

We will choose the winner on October 31.

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