Clementine Magazine, Issue 01: Roots

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Table of Contents Date Due

letter from th e edito rs finding love in my root s featur ed arti sts



th e a g e of anal og galler y sprea d

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the cli mb


garden ing


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does wi nter ma ke you sad? poetry spread

my rein carna

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you two

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roots whats‘ ’ y suppor clemen



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get inv olved


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A letter from the editors

Page Design by Erin Larkin

Welcome to the first edition of Clementine Magazine. Behind its creation are three girls from upstate New York with a love of arts, culture, and fashion. Growing up in a place so close to one of the most culturally and artistically significant cities in the world, there was always a sense that we were missing out on something we could never quite get in the Hudson Valley. After growing here, moving away for college, and returning in the midst of a pandemic, we wanted to amplify a creative community that always was and will remain. We hope you enjoy our very first issue, entitled roots.



Finding love in my roots. Written and designed by Hanna Wickes The time for hometown sentimentality usually comes in your later years, at least that’s what I’ve heard. I was never really into my hometown growing up, as I’m sure the majority agrees. It never felt like anything other than a starting point, a dot on a map that was aligned to my next destination. So considering that, it’s probably why I decided to go to college pretty far from home, a public university on the coast of North Carolina. I used to laugh when people told me I’d get homesick--how could I be anything other than ecstatic when my life had finally begun? It was strange. I felt disconnected. It was a beautiful school in a beautiful setting, and I was very grateful to be able to afford going there, but it never felt like a place I could settle in. The longer I was away, the more I yearned for my home, my friends, my family. I found myself romanticising my hometown--with my poor college friends getting the brunt of it. I looked forward to going home, whereas my peers usually hated it. Winter and summer breaks became so important to me that I refused to be in my college town for even a day longer than I was meant to. And when I finally did get home, I had a routine. Explore new places in and around town, buy from local shops and speak with local people about things that were all, well, local. One of those people actually ended up becoming my future boss, the publisher of the local newspaper--and suddenly I was even reporting local. Now I am fresh out of college, looking through the roots of my past life. Exploring what I never noticed when I was younger, and getting uncomfortable with my comfort. Writing and reporting about my hometown feels a lot like dissecting my own nostalgia a lot of the time. I’ve written stories on teacher’s I’ve had, local events I’ve attended, and businesses I’ve bought from--and I can’t tell you the amount of appreciation and gratitude that I’ve received because of it. It made me and my friends want to create Clementine Magazine even more. It’s hard to look at where you grew up as anything other than the ruins of childhood, and for a lot of us that will stay that way. I can only hope you read this little magazine and leave with a spark to support your local community. If you follow one artist, business, or creative through Clementine--it’ll all have been worth it. Keep creating, keep supporting.



Artwork: "Bubble of Love", 18x24 Acrylics on Canvas - was created during the isolation period and is part of The Alone, Together Collection. It depicts a mother focusing on the moment, finding comfort in comforting her baby while the uncertainty of the pandemic remains outside her door. Yvonne Rojas-Cowan Saugerties, NY IG: @artkarma_1

Artwork: This drawing titled ‘Blue Willow’ is in Darkness Before Dawn: Art in the Time of Uncertainty at Ethan Cohen KuBe in Beacon, NY, November 1, 2020- January 30, 2021.

Caroline Blum NY

Kayla Wickes Chester, NY IG:

Artwork: Embracing Country Living (Digging), 11/2020, oil paint on Arches oil paint paper, 30x22 inches. The artist hopes to show the magical connection between nature and our well being.

Theresa DeSalvio Cornwall, NY IG: @theresa.desalvio


Artwork: "Trying for the beginning� 48x60 Acrylic


The Age of Analog Written AND DESIGNED By Erin Larkin

Film photography is back, and better than ever. And I’m not talking about your polaroids or disposables, which have been on-again, off-again for years. I’m talking full on, what your grandmother used, film cameras. It’s gotten to the point that film has once again become an active market for photographers, and companies have started to re-release film cameras from decades past. As people have finally returned to their roots by making the switch from digital to film photography, it begs the question—what’s so great about it?


Look and Feel For starters, the look and feel creates a cooler vibe that’s nearly impossible to replicate on your iPhone camera. Film’s beauty lies in its imperfections: dulled lighting, blurred and grainy textures that create a kind of wistfulness to an otherwise unassuming picture. And once you discover that wistful magic, it’s hard not to get hooked. What’s even better, is the anticipation behind each film reel. It brings excitement back into photography. Waiting for your film to get developed can be painful—but once they finally are, it can feel like Christ-

mas morning; I always look forward to a fresh reel.

Taking a Step Back from the Digital Age Film photography can even contribute to the resurrection of true connection, as film cameras have the power to bring people back into the real world. Since the current generation tends to be attached to smartphones, the ease of taking photos digitally has become an excuse to keep our phones on us at all times. Even during most significant moments, we focus on capturing every single detail digital-

ly—which consequently takes us out of the present. The solution: with film we have the option to disconnect from the digital world, live in the present, and still capture the moment. No distractions, just the occasional click of a shutter.

Creative Revival Smartphones have depleted creativity in the realm of photography. This generation tends to take dozens of pictures of the same thing just to find one that we like, but with a film camera, you really have to think about

what’s in your frame. There’s more meaning behind what you’re capturing, and you only get one chance to capture it. Okay, technically you have 24 or 36 chances (depending on the roll of film) but there’s definitely no going back. What’s done is done. Considering the cost, it makes sense to be a bit more conservative with your snapshots. Each roll of film can cost around $10 and another $19 or so to develop. As for smartphones, it’s easy, lazy, even. There’s no thought behind what’s being snapped. There’s less cost, sure, but less care.

Take Care Film photography isn’t an easy skill to master by any means, and a great film photo can reveal experience or lack thereof. Each photo takes a level of orchestration; it forces us to frame and compose a moment of time captured in foresight. Not to mention each film photo has a waiting period, time to reflect on where we were, who we were with, and why we wanted to take this particular moment apart from others. So, grab some film, or even a disposable, and join the movement on a journey back to your roots.

Don’t know where to start? Check out the indisposable app. They’re the simplest way to develop and they even upload your film directly to your phone. Scan the QR code or go to for more info!


These two pieces are mixed media collage, so some traditions art mixed with digital images and backgrounds. I am submitting because I have been a bit inactive artistically lately and its good to put something beautiful out into the world. Christine Yates Saugerties, NY IG: 24elysse


The piece focuses on perspective and how the feeling of being ‘alive’ is unique within itself. In this piece, there are two of me, but one with moths and the other with butterflies amongst news articles and flowers. There are days where feeling and being alive can be tough, overwhelming, or even melancholic, however there are also days where feeling and being alive can be beautiful, breathtaking, and wondrous. I’m submitting this to empathize and reach others who may share the same feelings. Marianne Valino Raleigh,NC IG: @mgvalino


The Climb Sarah Marie @before_tigers


Untitled my mother swept blue broom bristles across white tiles arms taut to keep from a cricket’s spring and stood on the seventh step of the stairs aiming boot soles from above but through the late and early hours in beds of grass cricket whispers crowded the crevices of silence rhapsodies cooed from tree to tree my delight unknown to the choir By Alyssa Branzetti

Gardening rooted in my chest like weeds that keep coming back every season. no matter how many times I rip you from the soil, I can’t seem to dig deep enough to uproot you from my soul. you creep over my garden tangling with new growth, taking up space in the dirt. By Elana Naomi Lipkin IG: @babypoeit


Fashion Fashion trends trends as as zodiac zodiac signs signs Aries

Written and designed by Hanna Wickes

Taurus via @emmasdaisies on Twitter

Gemini Cancer

Virgo Leo


via @emmaleger on Instagram via Aries Fun prints--cow or zebra preferably--really encapsulates Aries’ wild and passionate nature. Taurus There’s something so Taurean about wearing all green. Delicate shades of green like sage, specifically. Gemini Kooky, fuzzy, and conversation starters. These bags scream Gemini. And Gemini’s scream back. Cancer This cute, comfy and extremely trendy outfit is a great embodiment of a Cancerian. Leo Leos, rulers of the Sun, how could you not encompass the uber popular brand, House of Sunny? Virgo Sweater vests + Virgos = a match made in heaven.


Libra Beautiful golden jewlery but make it chunky, over-the-top, and trendy feels SO Libran. Scorpio = Corsets. I don’t know how a trend could be MORE Scorpio-esque. Sagittarius Whenever I envision a quintessential Sag, they’re always in leather jackets. So here’s that but ~color~ Capricorn An all brown monochromatic outfit? Capricorn, go ahead and claim your trend. Aquarius What is this look even called? Distressed, patchy & put together? So Aquarius. Pisces Homemade colorful jewlery that envokes childhood friendship bracelet nostalgia...Hi, Pisces.




via nxcv.a on Instagram


via tamella_k on Instagram

Aquarius Pisces

via Rua Carlota

via IMEASbyLee on



Does Winter Make You SAD? A guide to beating the winter blues By Abby Ridgeway

With days dimming down and sunlight the new and hot commodity, winter can be a dreaded season for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. Naturally, autumn is a time for harvest and preparation as many animals and plants prepare for the months ahead. As humans we should take note and connect with our more instinctual roots, and plan appropriately for the winter: making sure that this year we have a warm coat and a trusted mental healthcare plan. Since this year’s winter may be particularly challenging due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic—and restrictions that may be put back in place as we see rates of the virus increase in various parts of the country—caring for our mental health is more important now than ever before. Americans have been in an increased state of stress since the pandemic began, affecting everything from the way we interact with others, to how we do our jobs or to accessing healthcare and other necessities. Didn’t plan ahead for the winter in autumn? No worries. There is no better time than right now to prepare for the remainder of the season. So, where do we start?


Step 1: Find a trusted therapist or telehealth service BetterHelp and TalkSpace are two popular tele-therapy services, and the ADAA’s Find A Therapist directory connects you with licensed practitioners in your area. Step 2: Mitigate or lessen stressors revolving around Covid-19 While we can’t control what other people do, we still have a lot of power when it comes to keeping ourselves safe. Wearing a mask and social distancing ensures that we keep our droplets to ourselves, and masks double as face coverings to keep us warm. No more frozen noses! Frequently washing and sanitizing our hands is crucial, and wiping down high touch objects like phones and doorknobs never hurt. Remember, it is critical to stay physically distant right now, so if you don’t feel comfortable meeting friends or family in person offer other alternatives that keep you and your community healthy. Don’t feel bad about setting boundaries.

Step 3: Integrate technology (it is the Age of Aquarius after all) Consider purchasing a sunshine lamp specifically made for SAD. The Philips Wake-up Light and the VERILUX HappyLight are two good options; however, a quick internet search for sunshine lamps will provide ample results. Step 4: Vitamins and minerals Support your immune system and circadian rhythm by taking a Vitamin D supplement. Vitamin C is another great way to care for your immune system and can be taken in supplement form, or eaten in foods such as clementine, bell peppers, and kiwis. Always talk with your doctor first before adding supplements to your daily regimen. Step 5: Fresh air every day Go outside, breathe in the refreshing cold air, and consider going for a walk. Walking breaks up your routine and increases your heartrate. No matter how you choose to spend your time outside, cutting down on screen time and reducing mental noise can help you to reset and refresh for the rest of your day or night.

Step 6: Find a hobby you can do indoors Reading, writing, learning a new language, knitting, painting, singing, dancing, playing an instrument, building furniture, and finding weird things on Google Earth are all solid options. Step 7: Socializing safely Schedule time to talk with family and friends over the phone or video chat. Consider writing hand-written letters, especially around the Valentine’s season! Maybe you’ve decided that learning a new language (thank you Step 6) is something you want to try. Becoming pen-pals with a native speaker is a great way to meet new people who you might even get to visit in real life post pandemic! Step 8: Find peace in reality Don’t forget that the clocks spring forward on March 14th, 2021. Meanwhile, the days leading up until then gradually get longer! The days are getting brighter, and things are looking up. While this winter may come with a different set of challenges, having a plan to keep healthy and occupy your time inside will usher in spring in no time. Remember to be easy with yourself, and give yourself credit where it’s due for getting through a challenging season during an even more challenging time overall. It’s cathartic to cry, it’s normal to feel sad, overwhelmed, and scared, and it’s never too late to reach out for help if you need it.


Untitled it comes to me as an ooze, what seeps out of you when you’re not looking that green slime on the shower floor of the girls bathroom in a new paltz dorm building an eight ball meant to determine today’s shiny new presentation, cracked, with indigo fluid pooling at its fractures and soaking the craft paper that protects the table comfort is putting on a tight sports bra under my oldest friend’s grandpa’s massive, itchy wool sweater that hides me in just the right way and feeling euphoria for the first time staring into dots of calamine lotion on my face and neutral jawline, smoking til my throat is raw enough to bear the depth or rather shallowness of my voice so since i can’t bring myself to ask you in person, would you please stop calling me she? By Lee Atkinson IG: @grapefruitjoose

Art by Brandi Persutti IG: _bransai


I may not look Mexican I may not look Mexican but these chubby cheeks give me away every time. miss Americana notwithstanding, I have my grandmother’s face. little gordita buñuelo face. too many late-night binged bites: más enchiladas y Chipotle.* (*because, remember, I’m still a basic bitch!) belly wider than the Rio Grande, my thighs rub together like the insides of tamales. warm. thick. my thin wh!te mother must be so… proud.

she hopes I don’t eat myself to death. I think I do too.


my Hispanic father picks up another tortilla, clinks his glass of tequila, and says “let’s have another.”



By Julia Ramirez IG: @excusemeimjulia



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Written by Matt Moment IG: matt_moment


You Two Have you ever fully felt like two? Yourself & You might have some of the best times alone Reminisce, laugh Spy, roam Observe together Figure out whether you’ll let this person third wheel you two What’s to lose if you step out, do the vulnerable thing, talk to the dude get surprised, get confused, stay loose Remember, it’s just a mission You’re gathering insight There’s nothing concrete in sight just that you & you might have each other’s backs more to soar, I’m sure You’re more mature which means taking an even lighter approach, being your own coach and wingman and clapping hands and calendar plans through your lifespan. Independence, I know, doesn’t actually exist, but you can give yourself a kiss if everyone’s busy that day or if you land somewhere where everyone’s too chill to care if you’re there you won’t even be scared to just get out of their hair. Written by Alanna Floreck IG: alannafloreck



Written by Maeve Allen IG: maeve_allen

What’s Y2K? Written and designed by Hanna Wickes Y2K is the latest fashion trend taking the spotlight on social media platforms. Standing for `Year 2000’ the trend takes from classic fashion staples of the early 2000’s. This could be anything from small handbags (‘baguette bags’, to tight skirts, or tiny tops that look like they were once worn by elementary schoolers. The list really goes on but think movies like Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, or 13 Going on 30 (so pretty much Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video).

Y2K fashion started making an appearance in early 2019 after thrifting started to gain popularity within younger generations, and finding classic 2000s fashion pieces became easily accessible.

As the internet continues to grow and the audience a long with it, it has now become so easy for fashion trends to make comebacks. Y2K is just another trend that takes from years past, but it certainly isn’t the first, nor will it be the last.

Get yourself some accessories like baguette bags, cardigan sweaters, butterfly clips, and mini skirts to call upon Y2K style.


Support these local grassroot organizations 26

These local grassroots organizations are leading the charge on social justice acitivism in the Hudson Valley. Donate to them, follow them on social media, share their posts, and amplify their message. Hudson Valley Change Coalition is a social justice organization that are aimed at fighting for equality and against all forms of oppression. Follow them on Instagram at: @hvchangecoalition Making Mensches is an organization that focuses on confronting the systemic nature of anti-Blackness in Jewish communities. Follow them on Instagram at: @makingmensches Rise Up Kingston is a community nonprofit whose work focuses on opposing systemic racism and oppression. Follow them on Instagram at: @riseupkingston A.J Williams-Myers African Roots Library is dedicated to teaching the African roots experience, including history, culture, and literature. Follow them on Instagram at: @ajwilliamsmeyers.archive North Star Fund provides grants to grassroots social justice organizations in the Hudson Valley and New York City in order to empower communities that fight against racial inequality. On Instagram at: @northstarfund Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson supports marginalized groups to campaign against structures of oppression, specifically in areas like immigration and utility justice. On Instagram at: @nobodyleavesmidhuson Citizen Action NY tackles a broad spectrum of issues aimed at transforming society and improving the quality of life for everyone, ranging from racial justice to the end of mass incarceration, and fair elections. On Instagram at: @citizenactionny

Kingston Midtown Rising is a community organization aimed at improving the quality of life for Kingston residents such as educational, economic, and affordable housing opportunities for people across all races and classes. On Instagram at: @midtownrising End the New Jim Crow Action Network! (ENJAN) is dedicated to fighting racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. On Instagram at: @enjanpok Northern Dutchess NAACP is the local chapter of the country’s oldest civil rights organization fighting for social justice, equal opportunity, and voter mobilization in the region. Center for Creative Education in Kingston offers arts, wellness, and educational programming to low-income, BIPOC, and at-risk kids and teens in the area. Family of Woodstock offers a range of community services from shelters and food pantries to domestic violence services, case management, and counseling. On Instagram at: @familyofwoodstock Wake up Hudson Valley focuses on social activisim, education and cultivating safe spaces within the Hudson Valley. On Instagram at: @wakeuphv

Support these local grassroot organizations

BLM Hudson Valley is the local chapter of the Black Lives Matter Movement in the Hudson Valley. Follow them on Instagram at: @blmhudsonvalley



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