Today we have a fun giveaway for you! We’re giving away three issues of Nuno Magazine, a quarterly ad-free e-magazine focused on eco-friendly crafts, knitting, sewing and crochet. Nuno Magazine is packed with projects, and is published in a digital format. The current issue focuses on the desert (Painted Desert) and includes 23 projects utilizing recycled or repurposed materials. We love the beautiful photos, and the variety of craft and fiber arts features presented in a very thoughtful and artistic way. Nuno Magazine is available for $5 at nunomagazine.com; in addition to our giveaway we hope you’ll enjoy learning a bit more about the magazine in today’s interview with Elizabeth.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: Nuno has such a great selection of projects and we love the philosophy behind your e-magazine. What inspired your eco-friendly focus, and why the e-format (which is beautifully done, by the way)?
Elizabeth: A couple of years back I (Elizabeth) started a blog that focused primarily on eco-crafting (elizabethabernathy.com) and Nuno grew naturally out of that. Rachel and I have been great fans of thrifting and reuse since we were teenagers, so using recycled and repurposed materials is pretty much what we do anyway, magazine or no magazine. One thing that makes us a bit unique, within the realm of eco crafting, is that we do lots of projects that most people wouldn’t necessary think of as being “green,” but we find a way to make them eco-friendly. For example: all of our knitting and crochet projects are made using salvaged and (sometimes) hand-dyed yarns.
The e-format was born primarily out of necessity. I looked into doing a print version and found that to do the content justice (all 90 to 150 pages of it) would make small runs of a print version so expensive that no one would want to buy it. Maybe someday, when we can do larger print runs. Although I love something real that I can hold in my hands, the e-format does have several real advantages: it’s easier to print off templates and patterns, it’s much more environmentally friendly, we aren’t limited to a specific number of pages and most importantly, it allows us to sell issues for a price that anyone can afford. So far we’ve avoided having to resort to advertising within the magazine, so we’ve ended up with more of an e-book feel, rather than the somewhat fragmented format of a traditional magazine.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: Who’s behind Nuno? Who takes all of those fantastic photos?!
Elizabeth: I do most of the projects and put the magazine together. I also take many of the photographs. My sister Rachel contributes several projects to each issue. She’s the expert knitter. Rachel also gives me input and ideas and is enormously valuable when it comes to the copy-editing stage (I’m a hopeless speller). My husband Royce takes some of the photographs for each issue and puts up patiently with the general chaos which surrounds the last weeks of putting an issue together.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: Can you tell us a little about the issue themes? What have you explored in the past? Can you tell us what’s coming up?
Elizabeth: Brainstorming ideas and picking a theme is always fun. So far we’ve done a woodsy theme (Forest), the color gray (Shades of Gray), birds and flowers (Rustle) and the American Southwest (Painted Desert). Our fall issue will have a star-gazing theme.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: Where can we learn more?
Elizabeth: You can learn more at our blog: nunomagazine.com. You can purchase copies of Painted Desert or any of our back issues there. We also have a small but growing collection of free tutorials and patterns. We hope to have our next issue out the middle of September, so you can watch our blog to catch that one when it comes out.