Adolf Feller: Über-Connector, Postcard Collector
Sep01

Adolf Feller: Über-Connector, Postcard Collector

“Sometimes we humans are compelled to create a context for ourselves so our passions can thrive, and one wonders if Feller’s business endeavours—exploring the relatively new world of lighting and electrical solutions—were his way of doing just that.” Adolf Feller: a man whose propensity for connectivity led him to build one of the world’s largest collection of postcards.

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Love Letter to Switzerland
Sep01

Love Letter to Switzerland

“The novel flowed out of me like the current of the Limmat, and it was just as refreshing. I pushed against you, Switzerland, and because you refused to yield, I was forced into motion. Energy has to go somewhere.” Jo Furniss pens a letter to her ex: Switzerland.

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‘C’ is for Cookie
Sep01

‘C’ is for Cookie

“I am supposed to be the custodian of my child’s development, yet linguistically, she will soon surpass me. With regards to understanding, fluency, and ability to assimilate, the student will become the teacher.” Lindsey Grant wrangles a toddler who’s learning about her world in several languages.

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Short Story: The Photo Shop
Sep01

Short Story: The Photo Shop

“Sometimes he wondered how it all worked, how one day flowed into the next, how the money kept coming in, why the train station was always so clean, but resolved that it was best not to ask …” A short story from local Swiss writer, Alex Hintermann.

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Gallery: Letters
Sep01

Gallery: Letters

Take a stroll through the annals of Switzerland’s history: a selection of Adolf Feller’s postcards from the 54,000-strong collection that is now housed in the ETH online archive.

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In Conversation: Alena Sevastsyanava
Jun09

In Conversation: Alena Sevastsyanava

“… such a concentration of saturated colours: those alpine meadows with their variety of greens, bright wild flowers, graphite rocky peaks, cerulean blue glaciers.” Zürich-based watercolourist and illustrator Alena Sevastsyanava on seeing the Alps for the first time.

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Gallery: Waves
Jun09

Gallery: Waves

Alena Sevastsyanava, a Zürich-based graphic designer and illustrator, graces our featured Gallery with the art of watercolour.

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Small Presses Making Waves
Jun09

Small Presses Making Waves

“I can’t imagine creating any other way. More eyes and hearts in what we’re making are always better.” We talk to Sean Platt, Sam Jordison, Joanna Penn and Nichola Smalley, who are making waves in different ways, with their imprints.

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Poetry: Karin Kaminker
Jun09

Poetry: Karin Kaminker

“In waves / it came / brought on / by the empty garden bench / among the willows …” Karin Kaminker is a Geneva-based poet, and we feature two of her poems in this issue.

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In Conversation: Steve Wheen
Mar03

In Conversation: Steve Wheen

Steve Wheen, multimedia storyteller, talks to the Woolf about the impact of creating tiny storyworlds, the power of imagining, his miniature gardens and his work as The Pothole Gardener, a project that transforms ‘crappy to happy’.

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