The subscription model continues to gain popularity among convenience-minded consumers. However, it's rare that we see the concept applied to more high-minded goods. Now, however, Papirmasse is a venture from Canada that delivers 12 pieces of art throughout the year for just USD 60.
Each month, Montreal-based Papirmasse chooses a new, emerging artist to feature and asks that person to design a print for one of its upcoming issues. On the issue's backside, meanwhile, it prints a short story, essay, graphic novel excerpt or poem. The result is “a magazine, piece of art, and social experiment all rolled into one,” in the site's own words. Each issue is printed on archival paper in varying sizes and formats. Subscriptions are sold on a yearly basis for USD 60 so as to keep costs low; back issues are available as well.
From open source magazines to periodicals presented on audio LP, it's clearly an era of experimentation in the publishing industry. The incorporation of original, affordable art, meanwhile, adds a compelling twist. One to watch!
Decorate your wall !!!
Papirmasse is a subscription that delivers an art print to your mailbox every month. We want everyone to have art – real art! Not the fake paintings sold at Ikea or the same tired old posters every college student has. No! We want images to travel, and people to get excited about seeing. Our eyes are beautiful things.
Paintings are expensive because they are one-of-a-kind. But prints can multiply!
Every month we choose a new artist to showcase and ask them to design a print for us. On the backside of Papirmasse we publish short stories, essays, graphic novel excerpts, and poems.
We then mail these prints to subscribers for the ridiculously low price of $5.00 a month. What can we say? We’re waging a war against blank walls.
Papirmasse was founded in 2009 by Kirsten McCrea, a Montreal-based artist and illustrator. While at a restaurant shortly after graduating from art school, Kirsten was struck by the magnificent prints on the walls – and their even more magnificent price tags. Realizing that few people she knew were in a position to buy original artwork, and that the reproductions offered in commercial stores were bland and banal, Papirmasse was born. Appreciators of art who would like to own original and contemporary works: rejoice! Here at Papirmasse, art is for everyone!
Papirmasse originally ran from January – December 2009, and then took a year off to reflect, recoup, and reorganize. Papirmasse relaunches in December 2010 under the continued leadership and direction of Kirsten McCrea and is produced with support from Maison Kasini.