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Meet the Editors


You can reach out to any of us about any of your ideas. We all do a little bit of everything and share notes at weekly meetings. At the same time, we take on a few focused roles and responsibilities.

Asher is in her third year with v.1, and essentially acts as an editor-in-chief, sharing experience and wisdom with fellow staff. Sabo, in year two with v.1 and a long-time professional art critic, is our art and design writing editor. Lydia and Esther are the current managing editors (running meetings, designing systems, and all such urgent matters). Zoë, Emma, and Lydia are our primary designers of digital and print media. Graciela and Esther are on the lookout for images—illustrations, photographs, artwork of all kinds—as both content itself and editorial accompaniment. Lena, Max, and Graciela take the lead on v.1's workshops and events.
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v.1


Meet the Editors


You can reach out to any of us about any of your ideas. We all do a little bit of everything and share notes at weekly meetings. At the same time, we take on a few focused roles and responsibilities.

Asher is in her third year with v.1, and essentially acts as an editor-in-chief, sharing experience and wisdom with fellow staff. Sabo, in year two with v.1 and a long-time professional art critic, is our art and design writing editor. Lydia and Esther are the current managing editors (running meetings, designing systems, and all such urgent matters). Zoë, Emma, and Lydia are our primary designers of digital and print media. Graciela and Esther are on the lookout for images—illustrations, photographs, artwork of all kinds—as both content itself and editorial accompaniment. Lena, Max, and Graciela take the lead on v.1's workshops and events.
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Esther Akintoye 

MDES INTAR 2022

Esther is a collector of things: memories, objects, images...the little pieces that make up a whole. Her interest in storytelling initially led her into photography and now at RISD narrative building in a more tangible form. Til this day before she reads an article she scans it for images first, that's why she's excited to work as an editor on the visuals at v.1. She's been telling herself she'll move somewhere warmer one day but somehow keeps moving more north up the east coast. Until then, you'll find her going out of her way to step on a crunchy leaf in Autumn, enjoying seasonal pomegranates in the Winter, planning trips in the Spring and lounging outdoors in the Summer.

Graciela Batista

BFA IL 2024

Graciela secretly likes when cars zoom past Thayer blasting obnoxiously loud hispanic music from their windows because it takes her back home to the hectic streets of San Juan for a few seconds. She was born in the city of Chicago, spent her childhood in Orlando and when her dad noticed the dominance of English over Spanish in her day to day speech, he decided it was time to go back home. At RISD, she hopes to bring the stories of her island into a broader light through each loose gouache painting and childlike illustration. With literary arts as her runner up major of choice, joining the V1 team seemed only natural, and she is absolutely thrilled to contribute to such a diverse group of creatives with her loud latina voice.

Emma Caamaño 

BFA GD 2024

Emma skipped her RISD transfer orientation, meaning two weeks in she has no sense of direction and is still looking for a decent cup of coffee. What she is sure of is making her agenda of promoting Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” increasingly public with every written biography—a brilliant movie with a great selection of chairs— burning every bagel she toasts, and listening to an unprecedented amount of 90’s Rock Britpop. As she tries to make sense of the pass-by state of Rhode Island, she is eager to initiate new meaning to this year’s edition of V.1 with her fellow editors. Emma has a feeling she will still be forging her way through RISD, and all there is to learn and unlearn, by the time she graduates.

Lydia Chodosh

MFA GD 2024

Lydia likes to archive minor details: tiny faces embedded in pine tree bark, figurative shadows made by angled sunlight, the textured walls of avocados. Fed by her life in athletics, she is also quite obsessed with movement––how it fuels the brain; how it invites togetherness; what versions of it solicit change? She especially loves when movement emerges from otherwise static elements: inside the abstract lines of a print, or between short sequences of text. These affinities led her to graphic design, the focus of her MFA at RISD and previously, her work at Harper’s Magazine. She’s excited to begin designing a new set of narratives into the shape of v.1 alongside the beautiful staff of editors. She’ll be careful not to get lost in particulate matter along the way. 

Maxwell Fertik

MID 2023

Max is a musician and former collegiate athlete who somehow found himself in the tangible realm of post-carbon futures and material indeterminacy at RISD. He originally hails from central Rhode Island (born in Providence) to a dentist and a travel agent and holds an uncanny volume of local mafia anecdotes in his Cerebral Cortex. His art and design work ranges from digital fabrication, physical computing, bronze casting, photogrammetry to recently attempting to make furniture from mycelial fiber. He looks forward to building a more interdisciplinary network of writers and artists at v.1 and to question the ways we archive, anthologize and manifest our thoughts.

Sabo Kpade

GAC 2024

Was here!

Zoë Pulley

MFA GD 2023


Zoë Pulley is a designer (most of the time) who finds herself constantly questioning the past, the present moment and future unknowns. Her work is motivated by the concept of preserving the generational narratives of black experiences through print media, textiles and various other mediums. Ongoing projects include a jewelry line GRAN SANS, an off-shoot series called GRANPLANT ­– both inspired by her grandmother, Sandra ­– and a collaborative project called Black Joy Archive – an effort intended to serve black people through an open-call for images that represent said individuals personal accounts of black joy via both digital and print publications. She looks forward to meeting other like-minded folks who are also questioning these fronts in hopes that they can collectively find meaning in their lived experiences. 

Lena Rentel

BFA FD 2023

Lena drove 3,128 miles to return to RISD this year, and is still floundering to define herself: returning junior? Gapper? Extended spring breaker? She has found a home in the furniture department though she will likely be a bit too nebulous when asked about her work. If you ask her instead about the quality of light that day or a new shawl knitting pattern, you might not be able to get rid of her. She believes in connection, anything small and shiny, and the vivacious, urgent impulse to understand and be understood she hopes to foster at v.1. Lena is honored to be a part of the lovely team this year, and do not be afraid if she presses a pebble into your palm unprompted.

Asher White

BFA SC 2022

Asher no longer has the “attitude problem” her 5th grade teacher Mrs. Ticho once suggested she had, but she is still liable to get cranky when hungry so it might be best to bring a Nature Valley bar. She was born & raised in Chicago and spent many years there accumulating small items and audio recordings which she now arranges, manipulates, and reproduces as symbols of her gratitude to all the people who tirelessly helped her out. She is enthralled to have served as v.1 editor for 3 years. She hopes to string together mindmaps and compile even more artifacts with anyone who is interested. She sees v.1 as an opportunity to anthologize the desires, anxieties, fascinations and frustrations of the people around her!

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