Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Interview

Brett Torrey Haynes Headshot
Lab Journal, a magazine dedicated to the handmade community went live today! Author and creator Brett Torrey Haynes’ was kind enough to do an interview with TypeEngine so we can get to know the man behind the seriously gorgeous magazine. Meet Brett!

Q: In 5 sentences or less, how would you describe Brett Torrey Haynes?

A: I would describe myself as intuitive and creative, with a slight case of wanderlust. My eyes are often bigger than my funds, but never bigger than my dreams. If I were a car it would be a gray Volvo 240 wagon. My friends call me an urban hippie: one part bow tie, the other part Birkenstocks, with a side of kombucha. Oh, and I love handmade everything.

Q: How did your blog, IAMTHELAB, get its start? What was your motivation, your inspiration? How did you begin?

A: I started IAMTHELAB in 2012 after my last blog had a major technical meltdown. I’ve always wanted to be an advocate for the handmade community and the LAB is my way of doing that. I’m motivated by the fact that creativity is global and unifies us, whether we recognize it our not. I’m inspired by great art and creativity. As long s folks keep making it, I’ll keep showcasing it.

Q: How did you decide to make the leap to a magazine?

A: I’ve always wanted to produce a magazine. I initially aimed for print, as I am a huge fan of the printed page. But TypeEngine offers something truly unique and I really wanted to be a part of it.

Q: What are you most excited about in your first issue of Lab Journal?

A: There are so many things! The interview with Jessica Colaluca of Design Seeds is a hightlight. Also, Jenn Romero and Benjamin Hall really provided some great content. Letting us into their creative process and history is a gift.

Q: What are you looking forward to in future issues of Lab Journal?

A: The name of my website comes from a poem I wrote a few years ago: I am the lab of my own experiment, the petri dish of my own experience. Hence, everything I create is in a constant state of flux and I expect the LAB Journal to be the same. You’ll see better layouts, more content and a handmade directory in the next issue. I’m aiming for 24 articles for the Autumn/Winter 2013 edition.

Q: What is the best thing you’ve seen on the internet in the last week?

A: The best thing is I check it our every single day. I’m working on another creative project and Designspiration is my go-to spot for logo design and layout ideas.

Q: You have amazing taste. How do you find such swoon-worthy items to feature? What’s your process?

A: Thanks! I search and search and search! I have my sources including Bigcartel and their great directory, Etsy and a few other secret spots. I’m always on the lookout for great handmade goods on Pinterest as well. I also have a submissions page, so some of the great finds come to me.

Q: Is there anything I didn’t ask that you’d like readers to know?

A: I would like folks to think of purchasing one handmade item every month, whether it’s something locally made or online. Support artists and handmakers honors the creative spirit and reminds us that we are all handmade. I have an initiative called the 1AM Promise and am always looking for bloggers who want to spread the handmade love around the web. 1AM PROMISE

Thanks so much for your time Brett! Congratulations on the launch of Lab Journal!

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