What is Psyche Publication?
Psyche Publication is a mental health and sociopolitical risograph magazine. Psyche aims to engage and provoke discussion about mental health and embraces the transformative nature of storytelling and human expression.
Our desire is to create a platform for a broad range of sociopolitical themes to be discussed, with an open submission policy to ensure our content is relevant and current. This has lead us to the intersection of the mind, mental health, philosophy and politics. We publish poems, articles and self reflective writing, often the work is very personal, something that is integral to Psyche.
Alongside the printed publication, Psyche hosts creative workshops and events including spoken word, performance and poetry evenings.
Psyche is stocked internationally including at Printed Matter New York, Tate Modern Turbine Shop, London, Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Amsterdam, Do You Read Me?!, Berlin
B8 Studio, Barcelona, Goodpress, Glasgow, Paulin, Glasgow & Edinburgh, Out of the Blueprint, Edinburgh
Psyche was founded by Lucy Grainge and Juliette Fitzgerald Duffy in their final year of Communication Design at The Glasgow School of Art.
Why do we talk about mental health?
Mental Health has increasingly become a topic of conversation, and for good reason. 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Psyche is proud to be part of the growing number of magazines and art forms that are addressing and continuing the conversation about our MH and inner worlds.
Psyche is about finding ways to grow, challenge our learned behaviours, and to move beyond coping mechanisms born out of trauma. Rather than just getting by and surviving we want to contribute to a culture of growth, compassion, curiosity without judgment and ultimately: healing. In an ever changing and increasingly complex world we believe it is crucial we understand what MH is and that we all have it, and need to nurture it.
We want to explore MH and all its intersecting themes through lived narratives and experiences in a nuanced and creative way, and to simply allow necessary time for reflection. We aim to build a creative community and create a platform for people to learn from one another and to know we are not alone in the face of life’s complexities.
*We are not Mental Health Professionals and do not give specific advice to individuals. We always recommend seeking professional help from a doctor, councillor or helpline if you are struggling with your mental health.
Issue 2 - CONFRONTATIONS
In this CONFRONTATIONS issue we have 28 pieces by writers, poets, an environmental collective, social workers, actors, singer songwriters, fashion designers, librarians, baristas, art students and copy writers and more sharing their perspectives. As a result we tackle subject matter ranging from mental health, to fat-phobia, eco-anxiety, police brutality, minimal brexit, the political climate in Nothern Ireland, benefits, sexism, personal relationships and more.
What is risograph printing?
The choice of the risograph printing method is integral to Psyche, both for sustainable reasons but also for the intimacy and quality of each printed page. Risograph produces a unique aesthetic due to the overlays created and subtle inconsistencies between each print. Each of the 500 copies are unique.
Risograph is an energy efficient method of printing, creating minimal waste. Our printers Out of the Blueprint use soy based ink and banana paper stencils, they print on recycled paper stock and use local suppliers to reduce impact to the environment. Read more about our printers here
Our Environmental stance
Where we can we make sure Psyche is as minimal cost to the environment as possible.
Risograph is an energy efficient method of printing using soy based inks.
All of the inner paper and test prints are printed on recycled paper.
Thank you cards we send out are made from test prints or misprints from the magazine.
We re-use postage envelopes where we can
All our 'plastic wallets' are biodegradable
Illustration / Design Process
We do all of the illustrations and design within Psyche collaboratively, which is a very important and cathartic part of the process for us. We aim to work intuitively and to respond to the theme, instead of traditional editorial illustrations depicting the writing. We begin with ink drawings and experimentations which we then edit digitally. For the second issue we cut up fruit, smashed some Nokias and scanned our faces.
We have also borrowed from the language of measurement and info graphics, blending the visuals of precise numerical data with the fluidity and ephemerality of the mind and our often hard to interpret, intangible inner worlds. The risograph will then again translate the illustrations into something different.