by Chloe in March 2012
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The first thing that came to mind when I picked up FlamingoPaper was ‘Finally, something that isn’t going to cover my fingers with ink.’ Because sometimes you want to read a paper and not wind up looking like a convict. It’s free but it doesn’t look cheap, printed on good quality paper.

It’s the offspring of Flamingo, a magazine that celebrates doing-it-yourself (not in the shelves and hammers sense, but in the illustration and culture domain). FlamingoPaper continues that ethos, but also aims to rekindle the relationship between music and art by becoming a sort of large-scale CD booklet.

The paper is simple and features interviews with Ghostpoet, Peggy Sue and Luiza Sa of CSS among others. The questions asked to each person are very similar, but the continuity works in its favour, establishing a focus and clear mission for the new title. As they say in the intro “The internet has drastically altered music’s association with art, and we’re in danger of forgetting that relationship. FlamingoPaper… is an experiment in bringing the two art forms a little closer.”

Illustrators were asked to read the interviews, listen to the music and then create a visual piece to accompany the words.  The result is calm, uncluttered and entertaining: congratulations Flamingo, you’ve created something suitable for the hungover.


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