Trouvé is an American magazine with a French name.
The intriguing title certainly gives the magazine this distinctive appeal sought by a typical modern indie publication. A foreign word often brings an extra dimension to a concept. Trouvé means "found". Amanda Marko, the editor and publisher of Trouvé, says that the magazine is aimed at "celebrating the creative lifestyle and those who live it. There are stories and beautiful pictures in everyone's life; they just need to be found and told." In the French language, "trouvé" defines the quiet joy of discovering unexpected things in unexpected places, illustrating perfectly the purpose of the magazine. Languages enrich each other, creativity has no boundaries.
The look and feel of the magazine will welcome you at first sight: coated paper, very elegant cover, huge half-toned photographs, plenty of white space to let the texts breathe and exude the strength of the thoughts they contain. Texts and photographs are working in harmony. There are quotes like pauses in music, thoughts and reflections, and recipes and techniques shared like little secrets.
Trouvé is true to his intention. The creatives individuals you will met through the pages are, for the most part, humble -almost shy- people, expressing themselves quietly. They are are happy people having chosen their lives or followed the paths opened to them. They could be you. All stories are inspired and beautifully written. The interviews are conducted with an equal respect for the creation and the creators, gently letting the readers desire to go further.
Each volume evolved around a different theme. It's no surprise that the first issue was about Beginnings. "Because a beginning is the challenging place, the dreaming place, the anything-is-possible place", Beth Ables writes in the Introduction."...Like a seed sprouting, like a day dawning, beginning is about letting something go ad cutting ties and taking the leap. It cracks open, hunches over, reaches out of the dark earth and up into the light. Into the what-will-be".
The second volume was built around Creating with intention. "We all create for a reason. No matter the cause or event that sparks that interest or draws out that passion, there is purpose and intention behind the process and the art itself..." Amanda Marko writes in her editorial. The stories told in this volume let us go deeply into the arcane of creation.
The latest volume is about Balance, the holy grail of modern times, this form of happiness we all pursue. Balance in life, balance in space, balance within the creative thinking and process. The balance found by the artists and makers featured here is multifaceted. There is no easy path but attainable one, different for each person. Balance demands patience and persistence, and humility to admit imperfection.
Immerse yourself in the latest issue of Trouvé this summer. It is probably the most achieved, the one that would give you pleasure, enrichment and a renewed energy to pursue your fulfillment of a life truly your own.