Q&A: Tylor Macmillan, Late Cuts (Vancouver)

by Jaz Halloran

Late Cuts is a publishing project produced by Tylor Macmillan, Hugo Noriega and Liam Shiveral that has operated since the summer of 2013. They are exhibiting at the Vancouver Art/Book Fair this weekend, where they’ll be releasing their latest publication. Macmillan has also created the artwork for Project Space’s Member totes, as well as the Membership cards that were printed by Brick Press. 

Project Space: Where did the name Late Cuts come from?

Tylor Macmillan: The name Late Cuts came from the first event/issue we did at Avenue gallery. It was an art show with a zine we released at the event. We were sitting around thinking of names for the show and it was just after summer had ended. We realized we had been spending some really late nights at the studio working on projects, and we were also finding that we were very last minute with a lot of our projects, so we came up with the name Late Cuts.

PS: How did you guys get to know each other?

Liam Shiveral: Late Hangs.

PS: How many issues have you done?

Hugo Noriega: Three, with the fourth one coming out very soon.

PS: What’s the creation process like?

TM: We’ve only put out three issues so far, so the creation process is still developing. We think about contributors, binding, paper, colour and settle on something we’re all into. Then we kind of just go for it and hope it works out.

PS: What are your backgrounds? What skills do you have that lend themselves nicely to creating Late Cuts together?

LS: It’s a combination!

TM: I’m a visual arts student at Emily Carr University and have been into printed matter for a while.

HN: I’ve been playin music for a little while.

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PS: How does each issue get made? Who comes up with the concept, does the layout, creates/sources the illustrations and handles the printing? Are there any recurring roles that each of you seem to take on consistently?

HN: Pretty much everything is collaborative. We chat everything out from format to which artists we want to involve. Then we all put the publication together. Ty has got the computer skills so he deals with the formatting stuff. We reach out to other folks when we have to. We don’t stress and trust each others’ tastes so it makes it pretty easy. Just kinda do stuff ’till it’s all done.

PS: How does format and production play a role in the creation of each issue?

LS: We start with a format and continue from there.

PS: What inspired you to start? What were your interests and influences—at the time before you began to work on the first issue—which lead you to create Late Cuts in the way that you do?

LS: Print specific projects and community.

TM: We’ve all been into bookmaking, zines, printing, etc. We used to do some things for Dunk newspaper when it was around, that was a really cool rag put out by Lucky’s Comics. After that ended (RIP) we missed seeing a publication around that had content done by friends. We were interested in doing something where we could feature local artists we liked, in an image-based format that keeps shifting.

HN: We share a studio/play music/chill out together a lot so it just kinda made sense to work on something and printed material was where we decided to go.

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PS: How have your perspectives on self-publishing (and the tools you’ve used to produce Late Cuts) changed over time?

TM: We’ve gathered more resources and collected some more equipment (shouts to Ryry). We’d definitely like to be able to control as much of the production as possible. Mostly we just want to find ways to make each issue different from the last in terms of format and contributors.

PS: Does Late Cuts have a connection to any future projects that you plan to pursue or are currently in the works? Have you learned something while producing Late Cuts that you think will help lead you to your next endeavour?

HN: We are all hyped on putting out more publications. So I guess we will just keep doing that. Late Cuts was another step in getting a bit more real about publishing stuff. We will probably branch out and do a release outside of Vancouver next year, which should rock.