Published annually, it brings together a collection of articles, short stories, poetry, illustration, music reviews and interviews. Over the years, Magpie has grown into something inspiring and unique, shaped by the incredible artists, writers and musicians who contribute to its pages. We now have ambitious plans for a fifth edition and need your help to transform our collective ideas into beautiful printed matter.
Please donate what you can afford, any amount will help tremendously, and the Magpie will bring you treasures...
Issue Five - Metamorphosis
planned publishing date: January 2012
Proposed Content:Aspects of Leonora
A series of articles celebrating the life and work of one of the most daringly original, bizarre and visionary artists of the 20th century - Leonora Carrington.
Stories Stitched from String
Magpie investigates a new generation of puppeteers and storytellers, including Wyrd Motion, The Little Theatre of Dolls and Monooka
The Museum of British Folklore
We speak to Simon Costin, the founder of a new museum set up to celebrate the weird and wonderful folk traditions of Britain, and ask why these still matter today
A review and excerpt of 'Chrysalis' by Kim Todd, which explores the life of a 17th century botanical illustrator and her quest to uncover the mystery of metamorphosis
Storm in a Teacup
Magpie speaks to Verity Flecknell, founder of feminist arts collective 'Storm in a Teacup'
Interviews and Music ReviewsAlela Diane, Odland, Rachael Dadd, High Wolf, Barn Owl, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Jozef Van Wissem and more
Plus: sinister tales and seductive poetry, peculiar illustration, hypnagogic photography, primordial music and much, much more....
Aela Labbe, Arienette Pyre, Anya Kuts, Amy Goh, Amy Abshier-Reyes, Bianca Stewart, Colette Saint Yves, Cendrine Rovini, Charley Feltham, Chanel Plett, Claire Massey, Claire Hero, Ellene Hera, Fiona Michie, Jane O Sullivan, James Makepeace Boswell, Jennifer Maidment, Jeanne Madic, Jim Voltaire, Martha Verschaffel, Mathieu Mondoux, Marie Letourneau, Laura Makabresku, Kate Haddigan, Helene Renaut, Sara Berger, Vanessa Lovegrove, Zeena Choudhry amongst others
Above Images: Past Issues Three and Four
Here is a list of treasures Magpie is offering to all good souls who donate
Donate $15 and you will receive a copy of the fifth edition of Magpie Magazine - Metamorphosis once it is printed. It will come delivered to you by Magpie mail, wrapped lovingly, tied with a ribbon and protected in a sturdy envelope.
'We Blossom' compilation CD
We are offering a limited edition and exclusive compilation CD featuring new and recent musical releases, including: Ilya Monosov, Esta Vivo, Helene Renaut, Wooly Mar, Arborea, John Fairhurst, Josephine Foster, Minko, , Festival and other delightful sounds.
Compilation Cover Art by Colette Saint Yves
Donate $35 and you will receive a copy of Issue Four (almost sold out!) along with the fifth edition of Magpie Magazine, once it is printed. You will also be sent a download link to the 'We Blossom' Magpie compilation CD.
Donate $50 and as well as receiving a copy of the fifth edition, you will receive the limited edition 'We Blossom' compilation CD, which comes in a handstitched and beautifully illustrated case.
Limited Edition Art Print
We are offering limited edition archival art prints by three artists who have created work especially for this issue of Magpie Magazine. Each image will be printed on beautiful textured Tintoretto Gesso paper at 250 gsm, numbered and delivered to you in a protective plastic sleeve and a sturdy envelope.
Donate $70, and in addition to a copy of Issue Five, you will receive a limited edition archival art print of your choice.
Donate $100 and you will receive one limited edition archival art print of your choice, as well as a copy of Issue Five and the 'We Blossom' compilation CD.
Donate $140 and receive one of each limited edition archival art print (three in total), and a copy of Issue Five - Metamorphosis.
Donate $160 and receive one of each limited edition archival art print (three in total), a copy of Issue Five - Metamorphosis and a copy of the 'We Blossom' compilation CD.
Here are the three art pieces:
Untitled by Aela Labbe
The Fates by Martha Verschaffel
Toutesoie by Cendrine Rovini
Donate $150 or more and in addition to receiving a copy of the fifth edition - Metamorphosis, a copy of the 'We Blossom' compilation CD and a limited edition art print of your choice, you can also choose from one of these treasures...
a custom crystal talisman
Each Talisman holds four different crystals selected for their beauty & their power.
It is contained in a glass vial from the 1930s.
The chain is sterling silver.
A little handmade booklet explaining the stones' properties & how to use the Talisman comes with each necklace.
Wolf & Moon
Available in wood
Pendants vary in size from approx. 7.5cm to 9cm in width.
Chain is 45cm silver/gold plated (as seen on each pendant in the photograph).
Donate $300 or more and as well as receiving two copies of Issue Five, three limited edition art prints and a copy of the 'We Blossom' compilation CD, you will also receive this one off, vintage Butterfly Collector's net, featured in the fifth edition of Magpie Magazine.
this is a one only offer
The Butterfly Collector's Net
Vintage bamboo butterfly collector's net
featured within the pages of Issue Five, in 'the Riflemen' photoshoot by Topsy Design
46.25" height, 14.25" length, 21" width
Daphne Descends Jewelry
Donate $500 or more and as well as receiving two copies of Magpie Magazine Issue Five, a copy of the 'We Blossom' compilation CD and all three limited edition prints... you will receive an amazing, one of a kind, handcrafted jewel by Laura Lambroni of Daphne Descends Arts&Crafts. (one chance offer) More information to follow.
What you say about Magpie
here are just a handful of responses we've received about past issues...
I'd read the first two issues of Magpie Magazine with great delight but have to say Issue 3 is your best yet. It's simply fantastic! Well done! And long may it live.
oh I love reading it! the nest of magpie (the return address) is also very near where i'm from - it was like receiving a letter from home, but a secret letter full of magic and encouragement.
thank you for bringing all this art together.
The Magpie's here already, faster than I'd expect if she were coming from the next town over! And the colors are so glorious... I'm not finished reading her yet. I loved the Deer-Woman story, especially the sentence it starts with: I turned back to the previous page three times before I was sure it was really the first sentence.
The interview with Alessi is wonderful. Several of the things she recounts echo in me as a sympathetic vibration. We're so lucky to live in a time when a world-spanning harmonious family like this can be a reality, even though world-spanning horrors seemingly must also exist in such a time.
The whole issue is wonderful, like a small breviary for berryhunters and birdwatchers, a refuge for woodlanders and forest dwellers, interspersed with faint hints of music and other tunes much deeper than just music.
It's easily recognizable that you and all others put much effort into it and I know how hard it is to edit a zine these days, to prevent the individual strings of the contributions from diverging.
There is this one line in your interview with Alessi that stands out of the whole magazine: "inserting magic into daily life". Yes, that's what it does. At least for me it did. The story of the deer woman is particularly beautiful.
Your Magpie Magazine is very well conceived - It was pretty much what I had anticipated - which is to say every word (and I am alert to the words) seems to promote a way of life ~ an outlook if you will, that I found absolutely delicious, of course, being a writer of fairytales such as I am. And yet you clearly have the one foot firmly placed in the real world. BUT! It's on your terms. And that's what I loved about the magazine. The resoluteness of vision. Soft, gentle yet firm somehow.
What else you can do to help
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