Elyse first conceived of The MASON while visiting Berlin. It was there that she started to understand how art and creativity could help redefine and recreate cities in crisis, and that she first heard about the amazing work being done by artists in Detroit.
But The MASON was officially born between two friends in a coffee shop in Toronto’s Queen Street West neighbourhood. Elyse & I share a passion for creativity and a belief that art and innovation can change the world. Together we were crazy enough to take on the challenge of creating a magazine to showcase the resurrection of post-industrial cities through their creative communities.
After visiting the city for ourselves, we fell in love with Detroit’s perseverance and its people, who are working tirelessly to make it a more beautiful, vibrant, and prosperous place despite what might seem like a hopeless situation. For that reason, they will be the focus of the premiere issue of The MASON.
Since starting this journey, we have received nothing but support and enthusiasm from our friends, family, and Detroit’s creative community. For this, we could not be more grateful. Every moment has been surreal and we can’t wait to see what it will bring.
This blog is a place for us to share the process of creating The MASON with you and to highlight the inspirational contributors who will be featured in its pages. If you’re interested in learning more about us visit The Team page and keep checking back for updates as this whirlwind adventure unfolds.