For a word that suggests as little as possible, so many different ideas fall under the label of “minimalism”. In life, we are constantly given a surplus of stimulus which is only magnified in media, advertisements, and world news. On the surface, minimalism may appear to be a simple concept; own less stuff. However, as Uprising Magazine dove deeper into this concept, we discovered that minimalism is more than this. Often, minimalism is portrayed to be permanent, a fixed end-state instead of a moving process. Minimalism is an ever-changing progression that has to be kept up by centering yourself daily. Though minimalism is a trendy word, eventually bright colors, bold prints, and loud trends will come back into style, so where does that leave minimalism?
Building a new definition from the ground up allowed us to explore
the idea that minimalism is more about redefining the world through
your most impactful experiences and beliefs. It advocates seeing the world not as a series of products to consume or a trend to follow, but rather sensory experiences to have on your own terms. Living a minimalist lifestyle means holding more value of your experiences rather than placing worth in only the materialistic world. In this issue, Uprising Magazine not only explored the surface level definition of minimalism, but the deeper definition that transcends beyond white walls and decluttered spaces. With this definition in mind, we wanted to represent our growth in the bare minimum of who we are as a publication celebrating 5 years as an organization. In this issue, we explored editorials involving unique
beauty, body celebration, and inspiration from vintage fashions rather than constantly consuming the latest trends. Our journalists wanted to highlight people holding strong to their passions not allowing this overstimulation to skew our own self perceptions.
Over the course of 5 years, Uprising Magazine is gracious for the
opportunities we are continuously given. In the Spring of 2020, a few
of our organization’s leaders were selected to present at the Southwest Popular/American Association conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico allowing this publication to reach a national audience. We would not be where we are today without the hard work, passion, and dedication to this publication that previous members have put into the magazine over the past 5 years. We are forever thankful for their desire to give a voice and creative outlet to people who may not have one.
During the release of this publication, the world faced the historic
pandemic of COVID-19. Because of this challenge, Uprising Magazine is particularly proud of the determination of our publications, editorial, graphic design, marketing, and finance teams as they continue to blow our expectations out of the water during this unprecedented time. Thank you to our supporters and collaborators: Student Nature Society, The Black Hawk Hotel, the Northern Iowa Student Government, Mohair Pear, models and interviewees.
Keep an eye out throughout the pages of this issue that highlight the number 5. Cheers to 5 years and many more!