Upon a recent visit to Chicago, I was surprised to find some really interesting new publications, in particular the art journal Proximity. Beautifully laid out and edited by Rachel and Ed Marszewski, it focuses on contemporary art and culture in Chicago and beyond in the aim of fostering “sustainable creative communities.” Among its engaging articles is a review of a new fashion magazine called Stitch Magazine and produced by students at Northwestern University. Stitch seems to provide an irreverent and novel approach to what constitutes a college fashion magazine.
Also, of notice is the year-old store and gallery Golden Age, which is entirely devoted to small press and art publications. This new addition, together with Quimby’s—a stalwart of indie publications—makes Chicago one of the most interesting cities to produce as well as consume small press.