Link List #102: The indie print revolution, papier-mâché madness, and the forgotten history of Manchester’s original mixed-race nightclub - Friends of Friends / Freunde von Freunden (FvF)

Link List #102: The indie print revolution, papier-mâché madness, and the forgotten history of Manchester’s original mixed-race nightclub


This week, we’ve been reading about the indie print revolution, how women are overlooked in design, papier-mâché’s 21st Century comeback, and the Manchester nightclub that was famously visited by Muhammad Ali.


    • 1 Journalism may be moving deeper into the virtual realm, but a recent piece in Huck Magazine reassures us that there’s still hope for the future of independent print publishing. By referencing inspiring case studies, including Chris Hayes’ Emotional Art Magazine and small-scale feminist publisher Silver Press, this article goes some way to proving that print isn’t dead, and even gives you some top tips on how to get into the business yourself.
    • 2 From smaller inconveniences such as shop shelves being set to a male height norm, to life-threatening oversights such as crash test dummies being based on the needs of the average male body, this article in The Guardian collates examples of designs that neglect women, proving that even in the supposedly woke 21st Century, this is still very much a man’s world.
    • 3 The results of a new study by the Pew Research Council reveal that seventy percent of US teens see mental health as a major struggle for their peers. Whilst this may be seen as alarming, The Atlantic asserts that there may in fact be a silver lining, stating that the figure demonstrates an increase in the awareness of and empathy towards mental health issues amongst the youth of America.
    • 4 Think papier-mâché is just a craft for kids? Think again. This piece in T Magazine will make you reconsider the cut and paste craft as high art as it takes you through its multifaceted history and introduces you to the contemporary artists reviving the medium.
    • 5 When you think of Manchester’s club culture history, your mind will probably first jump to the famed Haçienda. But have you heard of the Reno? i-D takes you through the forgotten history of Manchester’s first nightclub for mixed race youth which was famously visited by Muhammad Ali, and is enjoying a year-long retrospective at The Whitworth Art Gallery and Museum starting this month.

Hopefully you enjoyed the reads from this week’s Link List, but if you’ve still got an internet itch to scratch, you can find more here.

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Text: Emily May
Photography: Jens Umbach