Hometown is printed on seven different types of paper, my favourite being the grainy, satisfyingly rough front cover, illustrated by Maria Jesus Contreras. In the middle of the issue there’s an extravagant pull-out spread by Contreras, who is interviewed in the opening feature.
A magazine about art and artists, Hometown catches the attention with a series of pleasing visual quirks. The fore-edge is scrawled with a number of signatures from the various contributors. There’s also an in-built file slotted in, designed to contain the unpublished work by the featured photographer Pat Martin. These photographs, of Martin’s mother holding her dog while wearing a t-shirt decorated with the face of said dog, are this magazine’s high-point.
The writing in here needs a careful edit, but visually Hometown is so vivid and distinctive as to make it irresistible.