Junko is an annual periodical that travels to a new region of the world with each issue to explore the landscapes and geography of the particular place chosen, stopping off along the way to meet the artists and designers defining the visual arts scene of their homelands.
The aim is to understand how our natural and urban environments effect our creative decisions; whether aesthetically, logistically, economically, environmentally and in our daily lifestyles.
For issue 1 Junko travelled to California to live amid the distinct ecosystems of the Joshua Tree, climb the giant granite boulders of Yosemite, walk the unique rock formations of the San Andreas Fault, dip into the dry below-sea-level basin of Death Valley and explore the vibrant and diverse cities and towns en route. Across the state we stopped off to meet with a handful of emerging and established creatives from painters, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators and designers. We interviewed the artists below to find out how living in California has impacted on their lives and their creative practices.
With each year’s publication the design considerations will be responsive to the experience of the area visited; paper choices, colour palettes and layout design play a big part in conveying the experience of the places we visit as well as the commonalities found in the impact the local geography and culture has on the artists’ practices and lives.
Amy Moffat is the founder and creative director of Junko.
When not working on Junko she freelances as an illustrator and designer under the studio name, Studio Cremer. Amy has also regularly shown paintings and sculptures since graduating from Wimbledon School of Art in 2008 and has been included in some major exhibitions and art awards, including Saatchi’s New Sensations and Marmite Painting Prize. In 2011 Amy took part in the year long Kingsgate Emerging Artist Residency.