Martine Ellis is a rare breed. A creative dynamo with an endless stream of interests & inspiration, if you are a creative or DIY-type you really ought to be paying attention to her. I first “met” her through the MerryKAL which she generously offered to co-host with me back in January. Then I started listening to her podcast, a really top-notch program that touches on craft, cookery, the island of Guernsey where she lives, her travels, sewing, music — it is a really lovely mix of topics conveyed in such a friendly, welcoming tone that it’s hard not to love it. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was following her blog, her facebook page, her twitter, her instagram — I just couldn’t help myself. I love that Martine tries everything – you really never know what is coming next, but you can count on the fact that her energy & enthusiasm will be absolutely infectious.
A few weeks ago, she launched her latest endeavor, iMake Magazine.
I, of course, picked up a copy straight away. This pilot issue — like everything Martine lays her hands on — is organized neatly & professionally with a layout that matches her tone perfectly. The e-zine contains articles on cookery, local interests, craft, tech, personal stories, and finding inspiration — a really nice mix if you ask me!
The tone of each article is very distinct and it’s clear that each contributor is well-versed in his/her field & cares deeply about the subject matter on which they write. I found the articles on rare sheep breeds & foraging to be quite fascinating – both articles made me wonder about such themes in my own location on the other side of the Atlantic. ‘The Golden Toilet‘ is both amusing & informative, offering some useful suggestions for finding & nourishing an ethic of inspiration in daily life. Especially effective though was Kate Ellis’ ‘Doing My Bit‘ in which Ms. Ellis discusses her work with Doctors without Borders in such a candid, warm tone that I felt like I was sitting down to coffee with her.
What iMake Magazine does best, however, is its instruction. Its ‘how-to’ and ‘why do’ articles are second to none. From whipping up a batch of pesto to trying out Audioboo to starting a podcast to upcycling vinyl records — Martine & her crew make these segments so clear, concise, and easy to follow that readers would be fools to not take advantage of them. To enhance the excellent information provided in the magazine, in purchasing it you will also gain access to loads of helpful, useful, and neatly cataloged links, or ‘Bonus Material.’ It’s the cherry on the sundae of this wonderful publication!
The quality of this little magazine in both content & layout make it a little hard to believe that this is only Issue 1 for iMake Magazine. Issue 1 of many — at least I certainly hope so. The sheer avalanche of ideas, information, and energy in this e-zine is well with the $5 price tag. Available for download from both the iMake Etsy store & the iMake Craftsy store, the iMake Magazine is well worth your time & money. Check it out today!