• Hannah Kaplan

Painting on pictures and writing letters for Ungarbage Magazine

You may have seen me talking about Ungarbage Magazine on my Instagram stories, and I'm so excited that Issue 1 is finally here!

If you want to hear more about what I did in the magazine and get a sneak peek inside the pages, you can watch the video above.

The creator of the magazine, MP, put the whole thing together with the help of other artists, photographers, writers and more, and organized a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first issue. Here's what MP says about the concept behind the magazine:

"This magazine was created to actively seek and inspire new ways of living that free us all from societal pressures, discrimination and oppression from the systems we live in."

One of the things I collaborated on was a collection of four photos of models with bold makeup, clothing and styling. Actually, I was one of the four models! If you're shy like me, you'll understand how out of my element that was.

Anyway, MP decided that these four photos needed a little extra something to bring them to life, so she asked me to paint on top of them. She printed out copies of the photos and dropped them off to me along with some plastic sheets, so that I could paint on top while still leaving room to create alternate versions.

MP gave me free reign, with no barriers whatsoever. I decided to approach them like I do all my paintings, and respond intuitively with colour, shape and markmaking to what was already on the page in front of me.

This was a really fun project to work on because I felt so free to do whatever I wanted and just play. That's really what I'm always looking for when it comes to my creative process.

Another thing I worked on for the magazine was a number of call to action letters, which you can read here. These are form letters that you can download and fill out to send to your local government, favourite brand or workplace. I know a lot of people want to help revolutionize the way our world works, but may not always know how to get started. These letters provide a great, simple starting point to inspire you to demand change! I wrote the first seven letters, and the eighth is a template from Gidimt’en Yintah Access.

To purchase a copy of the magazine, click here.

Hope you enjoy it! If you end up grabbing a copy, please do let me know what you think.



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