The current display on the ground floor of Llandaff Library features three iconic journal titles held in the Library’s Special Collections.
The Studio was first published in April 1893 under the title The Studio: An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art. Among others, it featured the work of the illustrator Aubrey Beardsley and the architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Charles Voysey.
In the post-war years, the magazine was redesigned and its title was changed to Studio International (incorporating The Studio) to reflect its increasing overseas influence.
In 2000 Studio International become an e-journal freely accessible on-line, to be accompanied by special issues and yearbooks. Whilst not a complete collection, issues from 1900 through to 1963 are held in our Special Collections. Information extracted from: http://studiointernational.com/index.php/about-studio-history
“Spare Rib was an active part of the emerging women’s liberation movement in the late 20th century. Running from 1972 – 93, this now iconic magazine challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women, while supporting collective, realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced. Spare Rib became the debating chamber of feminism in the UK, and it now provides a valuable insight into the lives of women in this period. Visitors to the British Library site can explore selected highlights from the magazine; and examine how the magazine was run, why it was started and the issues it dealt with.”Information obtained from The British Library http://www.bl.uk/spare-rib Copies available in Cardiff Met’s library run from 1982 through to 1993. The full run of digitised Spare Rib magazines can be accessed at: https://journalarchives.jisc.ac.uk/#/britishlibrary/sparerib
“ARK, a style and design journal created by RCA students, was part of an era of cultural transformation across fashion, film, television, advertising, newspapers and magazines. Such was the stature of ARK that it drew contributions from creative luminaries including Ralph Rumney, Lucio Fontana, Alison and Peter Smithson, Toni del Renzio and Reyner Banham.”
It was published for almost three decades: the 1950s, 60s and 70s; a small sample of issues are available in the Special Collections here at Cardiff Met.