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LIKE all things wild and free, time in any place is only temporary for the creative eye of Carly Johnson. Her stint at Gjusta was a quick one, but she certainly left her mark with a natural passion that made the work easy for her. In those few months she compiled and published a zine entirely of her own. “This issue is about cooking, but the contents are subject to change,” she says. The zine itself doesn’t have a name, but Vol. 1 is titled: PARMIGIANA DI MELANZANE

I like to think of it as a reflection of my inner world. Right now I’ve been immersed in the pleasures of creating and eating food. So that’s the direction it’s in for now. I have a lot of creative outlets and I wanted to see what would come of combining all of them into a single medium. Food, photography, film, music, painting, collaging, fashion.

I also love the thought of creative collaboration with my friends. Whether it’s having a friend photograph or invading a friends kitchen to bake a cake, I love having others be a part of the creation. I’ve been working as a model in LA for 7 years. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to work in the industry, but I’ve always felt the artist in me yearn for something different. Over the past year I’ve realized I wanted to learn more about food, which led me to Gjusta.

I’m writing this on my last day at Gjusta for a little while. I’m planning on exploring the east coast for a few months to see what kind of opportunities are waiting for me in New York. I’ve always wanted to pursue modeling there, so I pounced on the opportunity to sublet my friends room in Brooklyn. I’ll miss the early morning smells of the bakery and the family I’ve met at Gjusta, but I look forward to seeing the future unfold and coming back to LA next year.

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Venice, CA
est. 2018

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