This is the final issue of Things Created By People.
When we began this zine, we had no idea how long it would last or where it would go. We had some big ideas – paying people! events! – but, at the end of the day, these things did not happen, and seemed unlikely to happen, and without a clear goal, the project eventually fizzled. This is the natural lifecycle of such projects, I think. Publications need to grow, evolve, or die, and I would rather greet death than let a project die sad and alone under the porch.
In this case, we’re greeting death with more than just a quick message letting you know that, hey, yeah, we’re going to stop publishing. Instead, we’re going back to our old issue format for one final collection of art, featuring both old and new friends, writing, interviews, drawings, and Britney Spears.
It was truly a joy to be able to publish this zine. We helped put out some incredible work – from the worst date you could ever imagine to the best ice cream you’ve ever tasted, from Hannah Höch to Dolly Parton, from the streets of New York to the beaches of Portugal. There’s a lot of cool shit in our archives, and you’ve never explored them, you should take the time to look around. You might find your new favorite artist.
Huge thanks to Natalia Lehaf, Chloe Isacke, and Thomas Baldwin, who made this the magazine that it is. While this publication may be ending, we all hope to be back with new projects and collaborations in the near future.
As I wrote in my last editor’s letter, over a year ago now, “we have been privileged to publish some amazing writing, and showcase new work by musicians and visual artists and filmmakers, that have left me irrevocably changed as a person.”
This remains as true as ever.