Issue Two Editorial
Posted on June 26, 2012
With Overcoat Issue Two: Work being released, our editor, Alexandra Gibson gives us some insight into what to expect from this varied and beautiful issue.
Since the release of our first issue, we’ve gone through a few changes. As our Design Editor, Pete Saunders recently published on Undercoat,
“The reason for the change is straightforward: due to our name, United Airlines threatened us with legal action due to the similarity of our titles.”
As Pete outlined, while we were initially horrified at the prospect of rebranding our publication, it gave us the opportunity to scrutinize our product and redefine our concept. Recently, we’ve been inspired by the story of Art Paul, Playboy’s Art Director. Pete had the pleasure of attending this year’s agIdeas design conference, where Paul spoke of how he had begun making a name for himself as a freelance illustrator, when Hugh Hefner turned up at his door with an idea for a project named “Stag Party”. As Paul divulged in a recent interview for The Saturday Age, he believed the name would limit their publication. Much to their eventual advantage, another publication called Stag threatened Hefner with legal action due to the similarities in their names and Playboy was born.
Paul’s success due to his decision to follow his passion for creativity really resonates with us. From humble beginnings, Paul went from freelance illustrator to being credited with starting the Illustration Liberation Movement, working with a caliber of artists including Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, and Tom Wesselman. This also illustrates one of the main motivators of this magazine: passions should transpire into professions. We want Overcoat Magazine to create exposure for the breadth of possibility to turn creativity into livelihood. Hence, the theme of this issue is “Work” and we’re excited to present to you the variation of what that means within creative fields. Dr Gary Greenberg from the University of Hawaii presents his work in photography with the images he takes of sand, some from the moon, through a microscope. Costume designer, Anna Selzer, talks us through the good and the bad of working on a blockbuster Hollywood film. Author Kate Holden gives an interview about the blurring line between life and work in the world of prostitution and writing memoirs, just to name a few.
The trajectory into a creative field is rarely as linear as Art Paul’s, as this issue clearly demonstrates. However, we hope to have inspired you to invest your time in mapping one out regardless and follow a passion, rather than a 9 to 5.