Print Matters

Interview by Caitlin de Laure
Photography by Jovian Lim

In the IGC store, one will find a wide selection of magazines neatly displayed all over with covers so tastefully designed that they almost pass off as part of the overall visual aesthetic. Annabelle is the collaborator behind the growing presence of independent publications not only in the IGC store, but also in many other emerging creative spaces. She speaks more on how she selected the printed treats found in IGC from the myriad of independent magazines available worldwide and the role of these materials in such a boutique.

As a lifelong magazine lover, please take us through your process of reading a magazine—from start to end.

It all starts from the cover, of course. I know the amount of work that goes into choosing even the most seemingly insignificant things like font size and colour, so I always make sure to spend a few minutes admiring it. It is truly a bearer of all the goodness that is to come! I’m one of those people who HAVE to read a magazine from front to back; I can’t skip to the middle even if there is an interview or story I’m looking out for. After all, it’s been designed so you enjoy it best that way. I tend to speed through the first round because I can’t wait to see what the issue has in store, and to devour it all. After I have gone through the entire magazine once, I go back to the features that spoke to me most, and proceed to take them in all over again, this time more slowly and luxuriously.

Where or in what kind of environment do you enjoy reading most?

Truthfully, I can read and enjoy a magazine anywhere—on the bus, in my bed, behind the table at a pop-up. What’s more important for me is the content—I love it when a magazine has the power to take you away from where you are, drawing you into another world.

What do you do with old magazines?

I run a tight ship when it comes to keeping old magazines—the ones that make the cut go into a cupboard dedicated to storing my prized reading materials over the years. I hardly ever look through them—keeping up with new titles and issues is a full-time job—but knowing that they are safely stashed away is strangely comforting to me.

Read more in The X Press N˚1.