Meet The NUMiNOUS Team Pt.2

“I guess you could say I wear many hats...as most artists do…”

Our latest installment of “Meeting the NUMiNOUS Team” features Edd Glassmire, the Senior Editor of NUMiNOUS Magazine. His roles at the magazine have taken him to many different places and experiences, which he shares with us below. Get to know more about Edd, what he does to help get these pages into the hands of readers, and what the magazine means to him.


BH: What is your background, relating to the arts? What creative work and experiences did you do/still do before working with NUMiNOUS?  EG: My formal training is in filmmaking and animation. I started my filmmaking career filming skate videos and documenting bands. When the magazine started, I was in the middle of getting my film degree at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. As a filmmaker I saw the magazine as a muse and a subject to capture.

BH: When someone asks you what your role is at the magazine what do you tell them? EG: Well my title at the magazine is Senior Editor, Stephanie being the Editor-in-Chief. With that title my responsibilities include the writing of the mag (the Forewords, P.S., feature Q&As, short bios, as well as editing any writing sent to us by the artists). I also do the final checks of editing any text on the final draft, so if your name was ever spelled wrong, that was my fault, not Stephanie’s, even though she’s taken the heat for most of my mistakes!

In addition to Senior Editor, I’m the official videographer and video documentarian for the NUMiNOUS brand, making promotional videos for magazine releases, short docs of photo shoots, and runway events.

My unofficial role is probably my most important, which is moral and emotional support and encouragement for Stephanie! She has a lot of responsibility with her title, and sometimes she just needs someone to encourage her vision. We’ve always been the other’s biggest encouragement.

BH: Explain the process of an issue of NUMiNOUS once it is in your hands- what do you do to help prepare for its release? EG: I’m along for the ride of the issue pretty much every step of the way. From being on the committee for submission acceptances, to giving a second opinion on design and layout, and lastly final proofreading... of which I’m terrible at and should be fired for!

My writing pieces for each issue are also usually the very last pieces of the final edit. I like to say I wait until every other piece is in place so I can breathe in the entirety of the issue before I write, but Stephanie believes it’s because I’m lazy and a procrastinator and I like to stress her out by pushing our deadline (which I would like to add, we have never been late for).

BH: Other than the print issue, what else do you do for the brand as a whole? 
EG: When it comes to events and feature photo shoots, I’m there as the documentarian, but I’m also there just helping make sure the ”show” gets off the ground. Whether it’s setting up door people and artists at events or helping set up or breakdown gear and sets for photo shoots, I’m there to be a helping set of hands. I’m also part of the committee for pre-planning events- like visiting venues and helping come up with theme party ideas that will marry with the release of a current theme. For example- our speakeasy party for the release of the NOiR issue, or the masquerade party we had for the release of the FETiSH issue. NUMiNOUS is so much more than a magazine, it’s a living breathing community.

BH: What have been your favorite moments with the magazine? EG: Every moment of NUMiNOUS mag’s existence has been a life changing experience for me. I am in awe and so proud of what my wife and partner has created in this small amount of time. My favorite moments are usually the recurring ones, like when we meet a new art lover at an event and they pick up a mag and start flipping through it, and questions like “who is your publisher, where are you based out of, are you hiring at the moment, do you have an internship program, how do I get involved“ start flying! I find it hilarious that people are perceiving this project as a huge commercial corporate entity just from how the magazine is presented.

A phrase that I also hear constantly repeated is “this is wonderful, please keep doing this” or “ this is so needed for the art community here, I’m glad somebody is doing this.” When you keep hearing things like that, we can’t ask ourselves the question of “how long are we going to keep printing this?”, but instead have to ask ourselves “what’s next, and what else can we do, and who else can we do it with, and where?”

BH: So, what is next for you as a member of the NUMiNOUS staff? EG: As another year of NUMiNOUS mag publications draw to a close, the NUMiNOUS staffers are busy planning the next year, and more importantly planning the next set of themes for our submitters. We have a lot of plans for the fourth year of NUMiNOUS magazine. These plans will be announced very soon in the weeks to come, with the announcement of the new set of themes. A not so secret announcement is the final filming stages of the NUMiNOUS documentary.

BH: Tell me about your plans for the documentary? EG: The cameras have been rolling through the entirety of NUMiNOUS mag’s subsistence. The documentary is something we are patching together in order to tell our fans and newcomers alike who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. It’s very exciting to see this story be told by the artists who were there to witness it and be a part of it.

BH: What does “NUMiNOUS” mean? Not just as a direct definition, but what does it mean to you and why does the name resonate with you? EG: When I hear NUMiNOUS, I immediately think of the magazine, and eventually think of all the work I’m behind on and the always-approaching deadline.

I never heard the word “numinous” before our magazine. When Stephanie starting planning the first issue, I don’t remember any other candidates for the name of the magazine. I just remember she was in the middle of putting the first issue together and she asked, “what about ‘numinous magazine’?” and I said, “I really like that, I never heard that word before, what does it mean?” She read me three or four definitions. The more we researched the word, the more it just felt right for the message we wanted to convey.

The word itself invokes an artistic movement on an almost spiritual level. Art is meant to move you, and that’s what we want on our pages, art that makes you think and feel. I love that our little magazine is associated with a word and a name with such a powerful meaning.

 

*To view more of Edd's work, Follow his Facebook and YouTube Channel
 

NUMiNOUS Masquerade Party

We’re celebrating the release of the NUMiNOUS Fetish issue (available now) with a Masquerade themed event. July 8th, 8pm at The Tusk on 430 South Street- upstairs, at the Woolly Mammoth.

This is going to be a great way to celebrate the June issue of NUMiNOUS celebrating kink and fetish. Whether you’re into something kinky, BDSM, nude art, latex, or something more extreme, we welcome you to celebrate art and fashion through fetish culture at the Tusk.
 

Fetish wear and masks are highly encouraged, but come as you are and wear what makes you YOU. We’ll have some homemade masquerade masks on hand for anyone who forgets to bring one, but if you’re up for the challenge of being creative- we’d love to see what you can come up with on your own. One of the best parts of the evening will be seeing the fantastic outfits we’re sure you will all find for this celebratory event.
 

Need suggestions?

- Masks- obviously! This is a Masquerade event!

- Fetishware- latex, vinyl, leather, pleather, etc.

- Formalwear- tuxedos, gowns and dress uniforms.

- Scene and club wear

- Drag/cross-dressing attire

- Lingerie, corsets, fishnet, body stockings

- Fashion tape, bondage tape

- Full-body paint or makeup

- Bondage gear, straitjackets, etc.

- Pasties or electrical tape over nipples

 

But please remember:

-NO Exposed nipples, genitals or anus

-NO Offensive and/or racist symbols

-NO Weapons of any kind, whether fake or real

 

This is a night out to celebrate who you are, what you love, and the art & fashion of the fetish culture. There will be food and drink specials, gogo dancers,  raffle prizes (one is included with your ticket entry), and photo ops with KMS Fotografie. Grab a hard copy of NUMiNOUS magazine or nab original artwork by one of our artists, BLACKELASTIC and Victor Rodriguez. And party with our lovely NUMiNOUS ladies and gogo dancers for the evening: Lady Lazarus, tootsie Von cuspid, Bette Machete, and LaButcherette!


Needless to say, this event is 21+. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10, or $15 at the door. Complete details of the event are over on Facebook, so check it out and invite your friends.

 

Become a NUMiNOUS sponsor!

There are many ways to be a part of the NUMiNOUS team. Whether you submit your artwork, advertise your services or business in an upcoming issue, or just spread the word- we appreciate anything that helps keep NUMiNOUS going strong.

But- have you considered sponsoring NUMiNOUS? Sure, giving us money is nice, but that’s not what sponsorship is all about. We’re actually looking for donations in other forms, and we want you to consider donating your time, business, space, or goods to us. Below are a few ways you can sponsor NUMiNOUS magazine:

-Do you have a workspace/own a venue we can use for a photoshoot or upcoming event?
-Are you a photographer, model, artist, or stylist who can collaborate on a photo shoot or participate in an event with us? 
-Do you have access to costumes and/or clothing we can use for a shoot or fashion event?
-Are you a baker or chef who creates delicious foods we can have at our event or even at a photoshoot to keep our models and staff well fed?
-Are you a liquor distributor working for a larger brand and you would like to donate your time and product to an upcoming event or shoot ?
-Are you reading this and thinking “hey, I have something that NUMiNOUS could borrow or benefit from, I should see if they are interested”?

Then contact us and let’s work together!

How will we thank you?
Each sponsorship is different. NUMiNOUS will work with you to find the perfect way to show our thanks for your help. However you help us, we certainly promise shoutouts via social media, credit in our upcoming issue(s) of the magazine, and copies of the magazine for you/your business to share. Additionally, we can offer some sort of partnership at our next event- a table for you to promote your goods/services, a “sponsored in part by…” note on any promotional materials associated with the event, or we can discuss other ideas you may have. As we mentioned, each sponsorship is different and we are happy to figure out a mutually beneficial agreement.

For more information or to get on board, please email numinousmag@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your consideration. Publications like NUMiNOUS exist because of the support of businesses and individuals who understand the importance of the arts in the community. #supportthearts

 

 

Interview with the Editor

Do you know Stephanie Price? She’s the mastermind behind NUMiNOUS Magazine. And do you really know NUMiNOUS Magazine? Chances are you know something. Whether it’s every detail of every page, or just that it’s a magazine filled with art and fashion, you know that NUMiNOUS Magazine is an act of passion, dedication, and exists for artists and by artists.

The pages of NUMiNOUS Magazine are filled with a variety of art forms and expressions from artists around the globe. NUMiNOUS inspires, encourages, and enlightens the reader. But before you take the time to appreciate the pages and the creations in each issue, take a minute to get to know Stephanie and NUMiNOUS Magazine.


What did you have in mind for yourself while studying graphic design in college? Where did you want to go with the skills and degree?
SP: I always have known that I wanted to do something creative with my life, but I was a terrible illustrator so I sought out other ways to utilize my artistic side. I enjoyed flipping through magazines and reading books as a kid – I found it all fascinating from the publication structure and layout to the images and stories. When I started taking classes at Moore College of Art and Design, I reconnected with this fascination of books and layout. I was most fond of my classes that were heavily involved with typography and bookbinding. With the guidance of my amazing instructors at Moore, I learned how to layout, print, cut, fold, and bind.  

What are your other hobbies or favorite downtime activities?
SP: I work full time as a designer at an apparel company during the weekdays and spend my evenings and weekends working on NUMiNOUS related tasks. There is not much room for other hobbies at the moment. But I do my best to give myself a day or two a week to relax, binge watch movies and TV shows, and spend time with family and friends. I also really enjoy cooking and travelling. If I had a little more time on my side, I would certainly do a lot more of those two.

Before NUMiNOUS began, how were you contributing to the artist community? What were you doing for yourself and what were you doing to help out others? SP: Before NUMiNOUS, I was an art student involving myself in many projects. I dabbled in photography and started modeling. I knew many artists and photographers that were always in need of new faces to experiment and practice their art form. I had many opportunities to do runway shows, promo events, publication and other print shoots.  The continuous collaboration with so many local artists was how I built professional relationships with so many talented people – and most of them have and still continue to contribute to NUMiNOUS magazine.  

What does NUMiNOUS mean? Not just as a direct definition, but what does it mean to you and why does the name resonate with you?
SP: The dictionary definition states it as having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity, or the unknown. I like to interpret NUMiNOUS as an unknown spiritual urge to create. Art, in a sense, is a religion. As an artist, you dedicate yourself to an art form. You devotedly practice and study that form. We don’t always understand why we have this sudden desire or passion; It is an overwhelming feeling that inspires us to design, paint, draw, write, etc.  Which sums up my experience with NUMiNOUS perfectly; it is like something is guiding me on this path which is both terrifying, yet mesmerizing.

How is each issue’s theme chosen. Does something you see/experience urge you to explore a certain theme more or are they themes you've wanted to see portrayed through art more, but haven't yet? Or other reasons? SP: The main aspect I look for in a theme is if the idea is diverse enough for artists from many different mediums to create a piece for it. Is the theme so versatile in nature that artists can interpret the concept in multiple ways? A successful theme will result in artworks created by different artists with very different styles, yet when you flip through an issue everything relates and appears to be one cohesive art collection.

NUMiNOUS features art from all across the globe, not just Philadelphia. But what is it that makes Philadelphia an important city for artists? Why is it important to put Philly on the map when it comes to the arts?
SP:  Philly has a great art and fashion community. The city is continuously growing and moving up in the art world. Not only are there so many talented people in the area, but also there are many supporters out there that are encouraging the art community to expand. Even places like Toile AtelierThe Boyler RoomTattooed MomDanger Salon, and The Barbary are a few of the amazing establishments in Philadelphia that NUMiNOUS has had the privilege to collaborate with. 

What do you see for the future of NUMiNOUS and for yourself?
SP: NUMiNOUS will continue to publish art and fashion magazines, and host various events in the Philadelphia area for 2016. There has even been some talk about hitting the road, and setting up art and fashion shows in different cities in the near future. In addition to that, we will be taking many crossroads to determine the future of the magazine, such as transitioning from 3rd party publishing to self publishing and becoming a non-profit for the art community. We want to continue to grow the NUMiNOUS brand and go in whatever direction is best for the artistic community built around it. 

What are some of your proudest or most memorable moments with NUMiNOUS?  SP: Every moment of NUMiNOUS makes me proud. The very fact that NUMiNOUS has come as far as it has makes me smile. But if I have to pick one moment, I would say the day I hosted the very first NUMiNOUS art and fashion release party in January 2014 at 3rd & Girard Bar. That night was the scariest and most exciting moment for me. It was the first time I ever did anything of that stature; hosting an art show and a fashion show with circus performances. It was a lot of hard work and dedication, but it was well worth it. I never thought the very first event would have been as successful as it was. That night is what started the fire under NUMiNOUS magazine.

What do you hope the readers of NUMiNOUS will gain from picking up an issue? SP: I hope they will be moved and even inspired- whether they are inspired to see things differently or inspired to make their own art and see the world their own way. 

What is in store for NUMiNOUS this year In 2016? SP: First off, we have an art show happening on March 11th at Jerry's Bar in Philly to celebrate the release of the Elemental issue on March 1st. And then we have the Fetish issue releasing in June, Dystopia releasing in September, and the Black&White issue releasing in December.  We will definitely be having more art and fashion shows for each issue release, as well as more happy hours for our artists and contributors. 

Links: 
www.stephanie-price.com to see more of Stephanie's work. 
www.numinousmag.com/submit for more info about submitting your artwork. www.numinousmag.com/issues for purchasing issues in print and digital. 

 

Interview by: Brenda Hillegas