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In the January/February 2015 edition of GDUSA, Mohawk was the exclusive sponsor of the 52nd Annual People To Watch editorial feature. That kicked off a year long initiative in the pages of GDUSA by the fine paper maker to recognize the work of aspiring and seasoned designers through a series of storytelling inserts entitled “Champions of Craft.”

The second installment: a Champions of Craft piece in the March/April 2015 issue of GDUSA featuring Erik Marinovich. Marinovich, a designer and letterist, is the co-founder of Friends of Type.  The collective quickly gained a large and enthusiastic following and, almost 6 years later, it is still going strong. Marinovich has refined his craft and is now a leader in the form. He is also three years into another venture, this one with the legendary Jessica Hische. Marinovich tells Mohawk: “I discovered that good lettering is like aged whiskey. It takes effort to craft and time to age. To date I have have only created my first batch. I now continue the never ending process of refining it.” 

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Guest Post by Mohawk

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Mohawk is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of GDUSA’s 2015 People To Watch special report. At Mohawk, we are passionate about supporting the creative community, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with GDUSA to recognize and celebrate the work of aspiring and seasoned designers.

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Last year GDUSA magazine celebrated its 50th Anniversary. In honor of this milestone I starting digging through our print archives which were filled with great treasures of design history. Among my findings was an article from 1970 about a group of Marines known as Combat Artists who were stationed at the Da Nang Press Center during Vietnam.

Last Veteran’s Day, I posted excerpts from this 1970 article on our blog. You can read the original post here.  Below is the photo of these 5 Combat Artists and short excerpt from the original article.

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October 1970: A group of five marines assigned to the Combat Information Bureau decided that they would simulate an advertising series being run by Strathmore in the U.S. They got together outside their shack and posed with a Strathmore sketch pad to show that not only pros and students use it in the U.S., but at the fighting front, it has its use too. 

The unit (left to right): Lance Corporal Gary W. Moss, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Corporal Scott M. Greening, St. Peter, Minnesota; First Lieutenant Benjamin F. Long, Statesville, North Carolina; Lance Corporal David R. Anderson, Culbertson, Nebraska; Lance Corporal Robert L. Williams, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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Mohawk is standing foursquare with the emerging maker culture. In a technological era punctuated with e-mail, smart phones, tablets and texts, the venerable paper mill is supporting this community of like-minded makers with the introduction of three new publications: The Mohawk Declaration of Craft, Mohawk Craft Cooperative and Mohawk Maker Quarterly.

The publications feature the stories of designers, printers, manufacturers, artists, artisans, musicians, and all those who make their living as makers. In so doing, these publications – and the ongoing “Mohawk Maker” and “What Will You Make Today?” campaigns – reaffirm making as a fundamental expression of the human spirit while speaking directly to the heart of the community and the need to create.

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