The Mind Garden

The latest issue of Blending Magazine is inspired by the Fall 20 final student exhibit theme, The Mind Garden. This issue features the individuals behind a greener Florence, links between nature and art, and why a mountain hike can positively impact mental health. This special issue is the first magazine released after the FUA-AUF campus reopening, and is dedicated to the importance of sustainability and community in current times.


Cover image courtesy of Caitlin Williams

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ABOUT OUR BACK ISSUES

Want to catch up on your Blending reading? Back issues of the latest editions may be downloaded as full pdfs below.

Magazine

  • 125 Years of FIAT

    We are thrilled to present to you the latest issue of Blending Magazine, in which students were tasked to focus on the timeless Italian car brand, FIAT, currently celebrating its 125th year of car production. Each article in this issue was carefully chosen to accurately illustrate the history of the Torino-based car brand. From daring ad campaigns, to groundbreaking inventions, and connections to the film and fashion industries, students delved into FIAT's rich history. As always, our team of writers, editors and photographers has worked tirelessly to bring you a visually stunning and informative issue. So please, jump right in and buckle up. Get ready for a joyride through the history of Italy's most beloved car brand. Thank you for your continued reading, and enjoy the spring 2024 edition of Blending Magazine.

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  • Benvenuto Cellini: Between Fact and Fiction

    In this Issue of Blending Magazine, we explore the theme for the Fall 2022 student exhibit that is inspired by the autobiography of the Renaissance artist and goldsmith, Benvenuto Cellini. Some highlights of this issue include: “Fashion Photography: Real or AI-Generated?” by Katya Fredericksen, which explores the new frontiers of technology and simulation in fashion, and “What’s in a self-portrait?” where the students of Advance Painting courses explore the variety found in a self-portrait. Many more articles, illustrations, and comic strips await you in these pages. We hope you will enjoy reading this issue just as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

    Cover by Tess Longley

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  • Room of Wonders

    We are thrilled to present to you the latest issue of Blending, which explores the fascinating world of Wunderkammer and Cabinets of Curiosity. In this issue, our students will take you on a journey through time and space, utilizing a jumping-off point of these unique collections that were once the pride and joy of aristocrats and scholars. As always, our team of writers and photographers has worked tirelessly to bring you a visually stunning and thought-provoking issue. We hope that it inspires you to embrace your own sense of curiosity and wonder and perhaps even start your own cabinet of curiosities. Thank you for your continued reading, and enjoy this issue of Blending.

    Cover by Olivia Corvelli

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  • Gardens of Culture

    The word “culture” has its origins in the Latin term “colere,” which originally meant “to till” or “to cultivate” the land. Over time, this word evolved to encompass not only the act of farming but also the nurturing of human practices, customs, and beliefs. It’s from this very concept that the theme for the fall 2023 academic conference was born: Cultivating our minds, our passions, and our relationships is at the core of human existence. And this same theme is shared by the issue of Blending Magazine you’re currentlyAnd this same theme is shared by the issue of Blending Magazine you’re currentlyreading. Italo Calvino’s Memos offer us insights into the nuances of culture andthe art of cultivating ideas, stories, and connections.These articles and more in this issue exemplify the diverse perspectives and thoughtprovoking ideas that our talented students at FUA-AUF and AUF bring to the table. We hope that the pages of Blending Magazine serve as a rich tapestry of insights,inspirations, and cultural reflections.

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  • Adriano Olivetti: Building Utopia

    The Spring 2022 issue of Blending Magazine is inspired by the figure and legacy of Adriano Olivetti - the renowned Italian engineer, politician, and industrialist - taking inspiration from his ideas and the way he tackled issues of work, sustainability and design. The issue features a profile of Adriano Olivetti himself, a helpful guide on how to set up an urban garden, and exploration on how the fashion world is changing and fostering new attitudes towards gender and sexuality.

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