“Covering” the Metalworking Industry

The cover of Modern Machine Shop’s August issue is representative of the range and variety of topics included in the magazine every month. Composed of hundreds of magazine pieces, the collage was created by artist Charla Steele.

Modern Machine Shop is sporting a new look this month, with a custom cover depicting the Chicago skyline foregrounded by the Cloud Gate (also known as “the Bean”) and IMTS balloon. Artist Charla Steele created the collage from magazine pieces that she tore out of past MMS issues and glued to a 40" × 58" canvas. Her goal was to produce a complete, whole image while still honoring its various parts, which are representative of the equipment, companies and industries we cover each month. “As readers explore its details, I hope they will gain a new appreciation for what’s in Modern Machine Shop each month,” she says of the collage, which will be displayed in the Gardner Business Media booth (W-10) at IMTS 2014, happening September 8-13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Charla will also be creating another collage on-site at IMTS. Stop by Booth W-10 Monday through Thursday during the show for a firsthand look at her creative process. 

Charla layered more than 500 magazine pieces onto the canvas to create the cover image.

Read more about the MMS cover here, and view more of Charla’s artwork on her website.