Manystuff: Could you please present yourself and your activities?
Andrea Francke (Making Do): We are Making Do, a collective of artists and designers based in London. The collective dynamics and commitment of the group alters in time and currently consists of Andrea Francke, Alex Coco and Mary Ikoniadou.
Through our collective and our publication, we are interested in unveiling the processes – languages and systems of creative production, beyond the restrictions of briefs/commissions and financial exchanges: “Making Do focuses on the methodologies of creating – making, with whatever means or conditions available.”
So far we have published four issues of Making Do while recently have expanded our activities to workshops.
The way we work is informed by a culture of open source editorial tools and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Further, drawing on what publication is and can be, we constantly challenge the relationship of form and content turning graphic design into an editorial tool.
Manystuff: In your opinion, what do you think is the role of an independent publishing house? Do you feel having responsibilities and a duty? what’s your commitment in your activity?
Andrea Francke (Making Do): By definition, independent publishers exist in order to challenge the production and distribution of ideas and works that will not necessarily be justified by profit. We publish in order to start a dialogue; Making Do is a platform where we can invite participants and create situations. We publish because we enjoy conversing and collaborating with creatives, promoting and often encouraging the production of new work – within a new framework which will in turn be distributed to a very different audience than it would be without our editorial input.
Our main responsibility is to ourselves as we put a lot of our personal time on running the magazine which is self-funded. We make do because we believe in the projects, the artists, the processes and we wish to share those with others.
Manystuff: Could you please introduce one, or more, of your upcoming project you are now working on?
Andrea Francke (Making Do): Our latest activity has been a series of workshops in collaboration with invited artists and designers working in dialogue with groups of 10 year old school children. The creative processes and results of the workshops make up the content and form of the next Making do, Dialogues from out of this world. We will launch our latest issue during PA/PER VIEW and also co-run a children’s workshop at Wiels on Saturday 2nd April 2011.