For the fourth instalment of Make Magick Happen (Into the Souls of Indie Makers), I bring things home a little by speaking to fellow indie publisher, Dominic Gibbon, creator of the up-and-coming Foundry Magazine.
Having been lucky enough to follow the magazine’s progression over the year and see life, before my yes, flow into it’s debut, has been eye-opening in understanding the very premise of what Foundry really stands for.
Foundry is a publication that celebrates the creative process. The making sense of yourself as a maker of your craft along with the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual break-downs and -throughs that occur along the way. It’s the ups, downs, swings and roundabouts; the inevitable of not only every creative venture but the definition of life itself. It’s humanising the pain and euphoria of caring so damn much about what you want from this life whilst simultaneously acknowledging the doing, the hustle, as oppose to tucking it neatly into a corner to never to be spoken of again once momentum has been gained, of some kind. It’s possibly the most Make Magick Happen discussion of this series to date.
Being able to share an insight into the motivation behind Foundry is not only an honour but an incredibly refreshing and honest acumen for anyone that needs reminding that whatever path our endeavours towards ultimate creative enlightenment take us upon, it’s nevertheless a vital ingredient if we do indeed, want to Make Magick Happen.
I catch up with Dominic ahead of Foundry’s launch…
Tell us a little bit about you and your work?
I’m Editor in Chief of Foundry - a print publication made for those who are insane enough to pursue their creative ambitions.
What brought you to the decision to make Foundry?
I didn’t really grow up in a creative surrounding, lacked a lot of confidence and spent a lot of my childhood fighting with myself for thinking the way I did. Insight into the amazing minds of the people that inspired me helped me through a lot of that. I wanted to be a part of that world, I wanted the membership and I think my decision to make Foundry was an extension of that part of my life; a key to the door I wish I could throw into the hands of my curious younger self and say: ‘listen, you’re not on your own, I’ll give you what you want, but you don’t have a clue what you’re getting yourself into’.
What have been your biggest inspirations throughout the project?
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with my inspiration, they change by the day, so I try to keep it in order, otherwise I gravitate too far towards one project and forget about the other.
I’d say the insane work ethics behind some of the people I’ve met on this process have been inspiring, alongside with some great books. Music will always be the biggest inspiration for everything that I do, though. I have a strange habit of listening to music and creating short stories in my head to go with whatever song I’m listening to at the time. A bit like a music video. I take those moments, make sense of the stories and try to turn it into something physical, like a shoot or an article. I sound insane.
What do you hope to achieve through Foundry?
One TRILLION dollars.
No, honestly, if I can get people to pick up a copy, read it and feel inspired to make something they care about, or have the confidence to be the person they’ve felt too self-conscious of being, that’s the ultimate goal. I want a platform that sheds a little more light on the chaotic side of the artistic process’ we don’t hear enough of, and a community that gives a voice to adults that still feel shitty about their year 4 macaroni collage not making it to their parents' fridge door.
What has been the most surprising challenge you’ve faced whilst creating?
How mind consuming it becomes! I was seeing life through a ‘Magazine Lens’ for a while and finding it hard to separate the project from everything around me. I was driving myself insane. It’s been important for me to learn to give my creative time a bit more structure and treat my planner as a friend, not an enemy. Easier said than done, though!
One thing about publishing a magazine that you didn’t know before?
Just how chaotic the process gets behind the scenes. For something that is essentially just time consuming ‘organised chaos’, it’s a commitment you have to be willing to invest all of your focus into.
What do you think is missing from most magazine’s today?
Transparency and honesty. We know enough of the success of others, we hear it every day, but anybody who makes something they truly care about knows what an excruciatingly painful journey it is pursuing something that essentially comes from the heart. I wish there were more magazines out there that focused on the insanity of it all; something that comforts, rather than guides.
What can we expect to see in the upcoming release of Foundry Magazine?
Brain picking. A lot of brain picking, especially in interviews we’ve been fortunate enough to have with some really inspirational talents from across the globe. Issue One follows a light theme of ‘the unknown’ with lots of room left for interpretation, too. Expect writers, painters, photographers, thinkers, porn stars and everything in between. We’re just scratching the surface here, but hey, see for yourself.
Finish the sentence. ‘Success is….’
Success is the bar you set for yourself, and yourself only. There will always be a million different interpretations from a million different people on what ‘Success’ actually means, but I spent the most part of my teenage years worrying about my future, only to realise I never gave myself credit for my achievements of the moment. That’s not to say you shouldn’t strive to achieve more, but I’ve learnt that without a personal goal in mind, without your own idea of fulfilment, you could waste a lifetime wandering towards a finish line that never exists. So, set one.
Please show your support towards new indie publication, Foundry, by heading over to their Website and Instagram now.
Images courtesy of Foundry Magazine and Dominic Gibbon shot by Dario Delmastro.