Issue 3 (Volume 2: Issue 1, for the purists among us) is complete and is being shipped to subscribers! Like Issues 1 and 2, we made issue 3 as a limited edition, in this case 100, so get on board fast if you want to see all this tasty content.
CRAFT DESERT: SHIFTS, (Issue 3’s theme) features two awesome interviews/essays and another lovely bit of prose. Our signature Swag page offers readers a 100% vegetable tanned leather luggage tag, emblazoned with our Elephant Cactus logo to be placed on your luggage and taken on all your worldly travels.
In Issue 3:
Ronald Rael is a professor at UC Berkeley in both the Architecture and Art Practice departments. His work combines art, architecture, activism, theory, and beyond. His recent book, Border Wall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S. – Mexico Boundary, proposes a series of hypothetical (and some realized) interventions into the physical boundary separating the U.S. and Mexico. In Issue 3, Rael is interviewed by William Nericcio, Ph.d, who’s work overlaps in many ways with that of Rael. Their discussion looks at the unique zone that exists in between countries and contextualizes this currently contentious borderland.
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is a hidden gem, in the basement of one of the many museums housed within San Diego’s Balboa Park. Entering this space is to enter another world, in which railroad enthusiasts spend painstaking hours specializing in individual elements of the vast field of model railroad design, layout, and operation. Artist and educator, Matthew Hebert, interviews some of these enthusiasts and ruminates on the extraordinary nature of those operating the space and their attention to detail in the creation of these intricate displays.
Finally, our guest writer, Jared Stanley, a poet and faculty member at University of Nevada Reno, takes some time to create a world around our theme. This thoughtful bit of prose exists somewhere between the apocalypse and an inner world in which some major SHIFT is turned over and over again in the mind. This featured writer slot is an opportunity for our guest to expand on our expansive theme and express a unique take on its many potential contexts.
The co-founders of CRAFT DESERT, Adam and Kerianne, thank you for reading and encourage you to keep telling your friends to check out the publication. Issue 3, like issues 1 & 2, was assembled, printed, and coil bound by hand with the assistance of our CD intern Christian Límon, an energetic and enthusiastic art student at SDSU. This time around, Jill DeDominicis, Visitor Experience Manager at the Mingei International Museum and expert in small scale subscription-based publications, assisted with our production and subscription services.