I’d like to introduce you to YTC – Young’s Typographic Collective.
A lovely collaborative who are fresh out of university this year. Having been featured both solely as artists, and as a group through Soapbox Press I thought it’d be a good idea to chat to some of the team to find out a little more.
Tell us about YTC and how you came about…
YTC was an idea that their good friend Jo had, a typography collective society. A platform after graduation to come together and feedback from one another – in positive aspects to share ideas between each other.
University didn’t seem to feed the best feedback so it was an alternative way of introducing new opinions that really did matter. Creating something positive. Sadly Joe passed away in December and so it was the decision that it needed to be done and went ahead. Miranda and Jesse are the co-founders.
Joe Young was his art name so it was a take from that, but it did come as a collective decision from the group.
Who are the members?
Miranda and Jesse are the co-founders, along with Sarah, Lizzy, Hannah, Daisy, Charlotte and Ines.
How would you describe the style of YTC?
“Style wise there is no way that we merge, but that’s what makes us interesting.” Miranda
“No one has to sacrifice who they are, as an artist everyone does their own thing.” Jesse
“… and that’s why it’s good to have a theme for each publication because there is a coherency formed. It makes each page completely different, which makes it interesting” Sarah Dimech
Being part of a collective means constant collaboration. How do you manage this and keep everyone happy?
To date it’s gone really well, which is visible within their publication and seeing the girls together. Miranda went with the guidelines to deadline and submissions. Most of the group knew each other previous to the collective formation of YTC and so working things out hasn’t come with many difficulties.
What do you like most about working together as a team in comparison to working freelance?
“For me it’s definitely motivation” Miranda.
There was a way that they had developed for them to be open with each other… if your work is shit then it can be said, no flutter of an eyelid!
Congratulations on your first publication! How did the magazine come about? Did you the production and distribution side easy to manage?
There’s an idea but it’s all a big hush hush at the moment. Things have certainly been quite full on with their degree show recently so that’s taken a lot of time to complete independently.
How did you come about knowing the knowledge of setting up the exhibition for your first publication? It was clearly evident that the night went well due to a cheeky little video that you’d put together, watch here.
University did play a certain role of integration with that, the experience of having worked on their own exhibitions came into play and they really took on what they’d learnt from that.
The production side? Well I can safely say I don’t think that is something education can’t really teach you, especially whilst you’re studying within the arts. You’re there to push your own work and style, not to learn about facts and figures of getting your own publication out there.
A panic of “is everything right?” kept creeping its way around for sure.
It is online and within the university shop so there are places where you can find their first publication. As well as that there is the link to cystic fibrosis too – giving part of the money to that.
“It’s the only way you’re going to learn, and the best way is with friends.” Sarah.
What has been the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Miranda: Collaboration! The tutors during second year pushed the illustration group into smaller groups, so despite this not being a typical ‘listed words of advice’ it really is a brilliant form of advice.
Sarah: You have to do something that makes you happy! Having started university on a different pathway, and reaching the end of the second year it wasn’t right so after taking a year out Sarah came back but went into the illustration pathway. Do what makes you happy; if tutors and other people don’t like it it’s not the end of the world. There is someone out there who will like it!
Jesse: Backing on from Sarah, really agreeing and you need to be happy with what you’re striving to achieve because waking up in the morning won’t have that drive of motivation.
Lizzie: If you’re a creative person, a lot who of people who have the talent will give up at the beginning of their career just because your taste won’t match up with your talent. So many people can’t never get through that.
What is creativity to you?
What isn’t creative?
You wake up in the morning to be creative, whether it is through doing your hair to putting on your make up, guys I’m sure you’d agree.
How do you make sure you apply your own creativity to the collective?
As much as we work as a team, a lot of what we do is independent with the occasional meet up to work with each other.
Soapbox Press meets YTC!
Where is everyone going to start? This is where we do literally go off into a babble.
Most importantly is that it’s offering something different for everyone. With Soapbox Press being so written based, and YTC so visual and typographical it’s not the usual collaboration that you’d find.
Networking is amazing, just network like there is no tomorrow. We met the YTC group, which has led to this interview, great connections and a collaboration in the making. So, what are you waiting for? Get a group of creatives together who you know, form a collective and get making.
Interview by Nicola Manuel.