SIEGE is a new platform for emerging artists to showcase their work around a plethora of other like-minded creatives. Spanning all creative planes, SIEGE promotes unity. Anyone featured in their magazines will recommend another artist whom they know, to be featured alongside them in the same issue. Whether it be as an influence or just because they like their work.
The aim of SIEGE is to bring attention to the next generation of artists, designers, illustrators, and photographers. To celebrate our numbers rather than deplore them. SIEGE’s plan of attack intends on recruiting the masses, slowly linking a web of creatives. Ready to siege the already established, famous and recognised creatives of today.
Their first issue is called ‘Rounding up the Troops’ and aims to do just that. Linking creatives from every artistic discipline over one hundred and twenty pages. Showcasing fifty-six artists from four different continents, through a unique feature and recommendation ethos in the magazine.
After a rather successful launch party/exhibition at CASS-Art we were intrigued to find out more about the origin of the idea. We interviewed graphic designer and founder of SIEGE, George Brown.
Where did the journey begin?
I wanted to get work out there as I had previously done in the summer of 2017 when I got featured in a magazine launching in Amsterdam. I realised my own capabilities in editorial design and over all OCD-Esque organisation could mean I could create a Zine of some sort. I’m very meticulous and pragmatic! I organise everything in my head and I’m always thinking... to make a magazine on your own isn’t so easy.
So what happened next?
I then needed a topic, naturally, I found art and artists. But how would my art magazine be different from the million out there? I realised... I know a lot of artists (as most creative students do), and they then know more artists. I could make a creative magazine for everyone, by making featured artists recommend a friend. When my submissions went rather large, I knew I had to make a real magazine, for the people who submitted from around the world. It was no longer going to be a little handmade zine, instead a hefty A4 gloss.