Open Call for Submissions!
tinyStudio Creative Life magazine is an indie publication who’s goal is to share the stories of the people in our fiber community, beautifully supported in a gorgeously designed publication. This is your place to share your voice, your discoveries, experiences, passions.. your unique story.
Please read through the following and see if your story will fit into one of our Issues. Scroll down for Upcoming Issue themes or keep reading for our ongoing open submissions.
Ongoing: Regular Features
Peek into an Artists Studio (or home)
Do you have a share-worthy studio? It doesn’t need to be the Louvre! Maybe you have a cosy space where you are surrounded by inspiration, some clever space saving storage ideas, a room you share with others for workshops or lessons, or a corner of the house that is especially delightful to work in. Do you have some fun or unique decorating ideas? Please submit some photos and a brief description. (There is only one Artists Studio Feature per issue, but we may also feature Artists Studios in our monthly newsletter or blogpost). firstname.lastname@example.org
Things to Love
This regular feature is a three to four page image spread to show off your fiber art! It includes live links to your website or social media, and is a wonderful opportunity to share your favourite pieces, yarns, dyed fiber, stitching, macrame, weaving.. whatever your fiber art is, we would love to share the love! Submit your images and/or your website, shop, or Instagram with a brief description of what you do! email@example.com
For Your Tiny Studio
Have you found something that makes your studio life easier? Fiber or yarn storage, boxes, hooks and hangers, space savers and organisers, inspirational decor… Please drop us a line with a link so we can share your discovery in the magazine! We will add your name and link it to your page or social media alongside the item as our thank you for sharing the good stuff! firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Other’ Regular Features
You will regularly find projects and tutorials in each Issue, so if you have one you would like to share please let us know!
If you are a farmer, or a fiber producer anywhere in the world, I would love to hear from you too, it is a wonderful thing to know where our materials originate and how the fiber animals are raised and cared for.
Upcoming Issues: Themes
I have chosen some ideas and concepts to base future issues around. tinyStudio Creative Life magazine uses these themes as a gentle focus rather than a prescriptive direction! If you are inspired by any of these ideas to submit and article idea please do so at any time up to the Submission Closing date!
Issue Six: Conscious Crafting
This is an issue that so many of us fibery people are aware of and work towards. What do you do in your daily art or craft practice that helps you feel you can make a difference to our planet? Do you have any cool recycling or upcycling projects you would like to share? Maybe you have researched your material sourcing and have some great fiber producers or tool makers you would like to share with others for their ethical production methods or even their kindness to their animals or community.
Maybe you have found some innovative ways to stash bust or have created an awesome pattern for spinning, stitching, dyeing, knitting (or anything!) your stash! Are you a fiber producer who would like to tell the story of your flock or farm. I would love to hear from you with any ‘slow fashion’ ideas or stories you have up your sleeve!
Submissions cut off date is 28 November 2019: Publication Date 28 February 2020 email@example.com
Issue Seven: Time Out
This issue is all about ‘me time’! Would you would like to talk about important things like ‘work/life balance’ and how to organise time to allow for crafting time amongst family and work responsibilities? Do you have a system for creating creative time that you could share, a special meditation or mindful practice that helps you create your ‘space’ to be inspired in? How do you stay inspired and give yourself permission to put your creative time first? I know someone who has a ‘writing beanie’ and when he is wearing it the family knows it’s creative time out, or do you have a special place you can retreat into and make your own little creative bubble?
I love the saying that ‘Offline is the new luxury’ – do you agree? What do you do to free your mind and your time for fibery projects? Perhaps you have some quick and easy ‘take a little time out’ projects or tutorials we could include in this issue! It would also be wonderful to feature your special places, a garden retreat, a peaceful place on a riverbank, your favourite beach.. send in your photos for an inspirational ‘Peaceful Pages’ photo feature to inspire us with relaxing daydreams! Please have your submissions in by 20 January 2020 for Publication on 30 April firstname.lastname@example.org
Issue Eight: Colour
Bam! It’s the colour issue! After our chill out time in the last issue, we are now into full on colour play! I would love to feature your favourite colour, so put together a collection of images of as many things as you can find in your favourite colour, some fiber (of course!) a teapot, flowers, book covers, fabrics, light reflections.. send them in and I will be making some collage pages to feature some stunning colour inspirations! We will of course visit some dye techniques, so if you have a special way to dye please send in your article or tutorial. I would love to hear from you if you are using natural dyes in your work, and again tutorials, record keeping, nature diaries and information on colours from plants are welcome. What colours always give you a creative boost? Tell us why!
Are you always drawn to the same palettes, how do you get yourself out of the box and trying new colours and colour combinations? If you have a colourful project please share a pattern or tutorial in this issue too! Remember ‘colour’ does not have to be bright or rainbow, we could be looking at earthy colours, soft pastels, jewel tones, wild contrasts or gentle gradients. What is your favourite way to use colour in your designing? How does colour influence your moods, or your feelings? Ideas for articles about the psychology of colour would be great in this issue. How do you select colours for gift projects? Do you do custom colours for other people? If so, what are the best and worst things about creating colours for others?
And what about the idea of taste? Are you a whizz with choosing colours to use together or do you struggle with knowing what will ‘go’, how do you manage your colour fear? And of course, don’t forget to submit your ideas for articles about the history of colour! Submission deadline is 20 April for publication 28 August 2020 email@example.com
I want to make it easy to submit a proposal, so even if your idea doesn’t fit exactly into any of the sections above, that doesn’t mean it won’t fit in any of these issues! It just means maybe I didn’t think of it yet 🙂 This is a community driven publication and I want it to include YOUR voice, so send me a description of your idea using the form below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to add images to your message, I will get back to you as soon as I can!