COLLECTIVE QUARTERLY focuses each issue on following select craftspeople to an offbeat location. Their camera lens brings into focus the often blurry creative process as they design uncommon objects. In these pages, you’ll find a carefully edited selection of dry goods, art, music, food, drink, and stories—all deeply rooted in the land and heritage around us. Their journeys hinge on assembling a group of compatriots who aim to live well. CQ are illustrators, photographers, and writers. They are weavers, leather workers, and carpenters. They are chefs, musicians, and bartenders.
Issue 4 | Pisgah | The Pisgah National Forest rolls over the Appalachian Mountains, covering half a million acres and surrounding the booming town of Asheville, North Carolina.
In this issue, we listen to itinerant buskers passing through town via railroad, delve inside complicated neo-primitive communities seeking to live outside of civilization, meet a French World War II survivor who has devoted her life to building an art cathedral, and much more.
Social divisions are often tangled in misunderstanding. Carefree vacationers exist alongside deeply philosophical counterculturalists, who in turn live next to artisans quietly practicing their craft as they have for generations. Just as in the Canaan of old, coexistence doesn’t come easy. We must continue the endeavor to find each other where we live.