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Letter from the Craft editors: “Change”

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The Craft editors discuss their picks for the “Change” call for submissions. Share this Post Our fifth call for submissions began while the trees were still bare and covered with frost. We chose the theme “Change” to reflect our new editors and the shifting weather–after all, no matter how endless Blacksburg winters may seem, spring still comes. Now flowers have replaced bare branches, and leaves have replaced the blooms. But change isn’t always beautiful or easy. It is often frightening, and we all respond in different ways. Austin Berrier’s haunting piece, “Atomic Flowers,” evokes the fear, grief, and uncertainty that …

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Letter from the Editor: “State of the Nation”

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Illustration by Scott Beaubien. Illustration by Scott Beaubien. America is in a time of transition. On Tuesday, we elect our new leader—and then collectively breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all over. I know I’m not the first to say this, but it seems the only thing we can all agree on lately is that this has been a stressful election season. Every day we’re fed a new scandal or soundbite—which will either infuriate you, force you to defend your candidate, or reinforce your support for third parties. I know I’m not alone when I say I am exhausted. …

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Letter from the Craft Editors: “Earth”

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Illustration by Scott Beaubien. Illustration by Scott Beaubien. It is hard not to be inspired in our planet’s warmer months, as we marvel at the blooming of spring and get the chance to explore and connect with nature in summer (reminding us what we have been missing in those seemingly never-ending Blacksburg winters). Taking a cue from our surroundings, we chose “Earth” as the theme for our third round of submissions. The works we have selected share global insight on a variety of topics: the tragic decline of an endangered species, the romance of traveling, the amusingly twisted way we …

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Letter from the Craft Editors: “Isolation”

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Photo by David Greenawald. Photo by David Greenawald. The concept of isolation is inherently alienating, so it seems counter-intuitive that this theme exerts an irresistible pull to artists across time and throughout the world. But it is often these works, which come from a place of solitude and even desperation, that connect people in unexpected ways and speak to them the most. This juxtaposition is interesting to us as Craft editors here at The Pylon. One of the reasons isolation might be so fascinating to artists is that it can take so many different forms, and has done so throughout …

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Letter from the Craft editors: “Anything Goes”

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The theme for The Pylon’s first call for submissions was “Anything Goes.” In order to cast a wide net and better capture the talent of the Blacksburg area, we were open to all creative works that displayed excellence and originality. Each piece we selected stood out in its own unique way, and we are thrilled to present each one to the community. Alex Newman and his video “Michael Jackson” are the epitome of clear, polished talent saying something substantial in a fresh way. Almost immediately after listening, Newman’s song was stuck in our heads. And his visual work is just …