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Issue Number One; A New Modern Renaissance


In classical terms, the Renaissance was the period in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries when there was a surge of interest in and production of art and literature. When you see the word Renaissance spelled with a capital R, you can be sure it's referring to the European cultural movement, or the art, literature, and architecture it inspired. This societal romance with the arts may have died in the 17th century, in terms of historical terminology; but a similar reinstatement of creative cultural movement is clearly present.

The word itself comes from the French phrase renaissance des lettres, used by the 19th century historian Jules Michelet. In Old French renaissance means "rebirth."

We are in an age where minimum wage is the same price as avocado toast; obsessed in these tough economic times, with the aesthetics of it all. Is creative rebirth just a coping mechanism for struggle, or are we truly reaching a new peak of creative expression? How is technology, fashion, and physical design impacting our daily lives, and further, contributing to our modern culture? In our first issue, we touch on these questions, exploring the makers, creatives, and designers behind the new modern renaissance. Enjoy a wide-range of micro-cultures, woven throughout; exploring modern anthropology through art, fashion, design, and food.

Ken Li (KRPSY), shares his experience as an emerging artist and designer. We follow Li, covering his story from Vancouver to Beverly Hills. Li proves persistence and dedication to your craft can carry you further than your wildest dreams; sharing how he went from living as a homeless youth to creating jackets for Jaden Smith, and the California elite. Heavily influenced by pop culture, Li’s multidisciplinary creativity hones in on what it means to be a young person in an age where minimum wage is the same price as avocado toast.

Experience stories of the effects of gentrification, how modern architecture may be contributing to high rates of anxiety, and dig deeper into the era of the multi-hyphenate. We touch on the effects the Vancouver housing market has on creatives, and how they create amidst sky-high rent.

Food features on remote west coast islands, the art and science behind plant-based cheese, and the benefits of community engagement through food. Inch forward to balance, and a better version of yourself with Leonel Franco, our designated yogi.

A film project inspired by Romanian language, coloured with French, and filled with the suspenseful theatrics of your favourite gangster movie. We connect with Kasey Lum, a filmmaker from Vancouver, BC, Canada, about his latest film, Kingspin.

We are not a lifestyle magazine selling a lifestyle, but rather a celebration of our differences, similarities, and the ambiguity woven in-between. We are a magazine for the modern human.