I love magazines. It’s an addiction I’ve had since Dolly and Girlfriend came onto my radar during my teenage years back in Oz. These days, my tastes have broadened (and matured). Vogue. Elle. Frankie. Vanity Fair. Ruush. Oyster. Intelligent Life. Wallpaper. Elle Decoraiton. Art & Décoration. Acne Paper. Pop. Hunger. The Gentlewoman. Love. Oh, Comely. i-D. Dazed & Confused.
British. American. French. Australian. Indian. Emirati. Japanese. It matters not. I pour over the pictures, read the articles and get inspired by the photography. Writing for them still gives me a thrill. Each issue represents a story, a time and trend. Glossy and beautiful, I dragged them around the world with me and piled them to the ceiling.
Or at least I used to.
The buggers are heavy and when we were packing up our old flat last week, I made the painful decision to pass on my collection. Stuff – no matter how much importance you place on it – ends up stressing you out when you move and these babies needed to go.
First dibs went to a friend and Central Saint Martins student. I was the epitome of the contented benefactor as I watched her tug a suitcase full of my more edgier issues down the street.
My problem, however, had not been completely solved. I still had hundreds left to re-home, so I did what any desperate purger does: I listed them on Freecycle. Aaron – I work in fashion and dance – Sillis responded straight away. He would gladly come over with a friend and release me from my burden.
Normally, I’d do a Google search before I let a couple of strange men into my home, but I was run ragged with more pressing thoughts of paint colours and packing boxes, and neglected my duties.
If I had, I would’ve discovered that Aaron is Kylie Minogue’s choreographer. So, even though I had to let a piece of me walk out the door, at least I got a nice little story out of it.
Oh, and yes, I did keep a few of my favourites. It’s only about 50 or so. I couldn’t help myself.
And now for some interior design that’s inspiring me this week…
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Magazine pictures © Kate McAuley