Jacob Charles Wilson

The Constructivist for Port Magazine

A young woman sat at a desk covered in pens, rulers, and paper.

I wrote on the Soviet poet, painter, typographer, and textile designer Varvara Stepanova for Port Magazine. A friend of Alexei Gan and Vladimir Mayakovsky, and the life-long partner of the photographer Alexander Rodchenko, Stepanova was instrumental in the formation of the constructivist group in 1921.

The workers of the new world would live and play in the very best materials and designs: casual jumpsuits and overalls that drew on both traditional peasant clothing and the latest modernist artistic trends of futurism and cubism.

The Constructivist is published in issue 21 of Port Magazine.