LINSEED #1 The Apple

LINSEED is a journal of cultural entanglement

In part, a tapestry: stitching through geographic boundaries and historical divides. A patchwork: gathering texture from near and far.

Come winter, a tangled thicket, twitching with quiet curiosity. In summer a dancing stream, cool currents in its depths.

Its maker knows not the length of thread required, nor the appearance of its final pattern. Still, they stitch: preserving remnants of lives lived; darning holes in our collective memory.

It chases the contemporary moment, mapping a constellation of ideas.  And it hunts for our heritage, yielding a wellspring of unspoken wisdom.

An almanac of seasonal graft, and a larder of local lore.

Linseed, flax, Linum usitatissimum

A flowering plant, whose blue blooms last only one day

Cultivated as food and fodder on all arable continents, thriving on poor soil

The natural source of linen —a symbol of light and life, some of the oldest worn cloth in the world. A textile used for bags, towels, sail cloth and painter canvases; the thread of book-binders and ropemakers

The stuff of linseed oil — used by oil painters and carpenters, as varnish for cricket bats and on floors as linoleum

In Latin, linseed translates as ‘most useful’, for its unrivalled versatility amongst crops

And the ancient Egyptians named it "woven moonlight", due to its singular beauty

Volume One: The Apple

A celebration of cultural crossover and local identity, through the lens of The Apple.

Our first edition assembles over forty emerging and established talents from around the world, finding new unity in print.

Each offers a local lens on culture in all its guises, from pre-history to the present. We rove through ideas spanning caravanning, canals and contemporary craft, to food history, folk song and fibre art.

We welcome artists reflecting on the ecology of Mexico and Tasmania; journalists reporting from Kenya and Nova Scotia, and writers drawing from their neighbourhoods in Glasgow, New York and our own home, in East London.