Mohawk Maker Quarterly #11: Process
The process of making something — method, materials, ingredients, artistry, experience — is the squiggly line between idea and object. In issue 11 of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly, we celebrate makers who take conscious paths to get from Point A to Point B.
Since its debut in 2013, the Mohawk Maker Quarterly has explored the landscape of creative expression in print. In this latest issue we focus on process as our topic. The five chapters that make up issue eleven look at the process of making and the often circuitous journey involved. Each chapter maps the paths makers take to get from start to finish and how process can influence, shape and define the end product.
Dora Drimalas, Principal of Hybrid Design adds, “On the path from Point A to Point B, it’s the ‘to’ that makes all the difference. We spend a lot of time in the steps between concept and completion: sketching possibilities, refining the strongest ideas, crafting the details and executing the finished products. In this issue we’re mapping those paths in order to better understand how different techniques, tools, even workspaces, yield transformative work.”
“We hope the Process Issue reveals how the journey itself can be the destination through the story of makers and creatives whose process defines their product,” adds Chris Harrold, VP and Creative Director at Mohawk.
Early in the design process, the team at Hybrid chose an 8.25 x 10.75” sketchbook size format to echo the theme of the issue. The 80 pages of issue eleven are made up of five signatures, showing five different Mohawk papers whose unique characteristics are a direct result of the papermaking process. Open, smyth sewn bindery and a tactile, rough edge trim all suggest an “in-process” feel for this issue.
Throughout, the design team has incorporated expansive footnotes to bring the reader inside the process of making this special issue; from notes about paper, the creation of illustrations and even the volume of coffee consumed by the design team from start to finish.
The Process Issue is divided into five chapters:
- Beginnings – Printed on Mohawk Via Felt, Light Gray 80 text/118gsm
- Participation – Printed on Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum, Husk 80 text/118gsm
- Place – Printed on Mohawk Options Smooth, 100% PC Cream White, 80 text/118gsm
- Practice – Printed on Mohawk Via Laid, Natural, 70 text/104gsm
- Product – Printed on Mohawk Loop Linen, Restful Blue, 70 text/104gsm
Feature articles include:
Mohawk Maker Quarterly issue eleven features the following makers:
- Speedvagen, Bike Builders, Portland, OR
- Vince Contarino, Artist, New York, NY
- Oblique Strategies, Creative Redirection
- Ruffmercy, Artist, Animator, Producer, Bristol, UK
- Jack Vanzet, Artist, Designer, Melbourne, Australia
- Bureo Skateboards, Sustainable Skateboards, Los Angeles, CA
- Jay Nelson, Artist, San Francisco, CA
- Gregory Thielker, Painter, New York, NY
- Draw Down, Publishing House, New England
The Mohawk Maker Quarterly issue eleven was skillfully printed by Sandy Alexander, Inc., Clifton, NJ, using four color printing, match green, match pink, match blue, match light blue and spot dull varnish. Bindery was artfully executed by Bassil Book Binding and Finishing, Hackensack, NJ.
A commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (called "fountain solution"), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.
After two years of publication, the ninth issue of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly has been refreshed and redesigned, serendipitously themed around the concept of inspiration.
We tend to romanticize the mythology of the solo creative genius. However, humanity’s greatest achievements have happened when people—two or two thousand—worked together.