Sunday, 6 November 2016

Leafscape - the limited edition book

It’s been 18 months since I started creating Leafscape and I am delighted to be able to announce that my Kickstarter project is now live. Now is the time to get involved and be within a chance of having your own copy of the Leafscape book. 

Between 16 - 25 February 2017 I will be working hard to place the botanical kingdom in the spotlight with my exhibition of new watercolour paintings at Abbott and Holder in London. For this exhibition, I am exploring my vision of a botanical dystopia, documenting leaves that are growing on the margins of human civilisation whilst challenging our sense of scale, its value and how we measure it. 

In celebration of the Leafscape exhibition, I would really like to produce a limited edition, linen bound, hard-back book that presents all of the paintings and the environmental soundtrack of all the outside sounds from where each leaf was growing at the time it was found. The idea of recording sound in this way introduces a completely new element to botanical art. 

If successful, this Kickstarter Project will allow me to print 500 copies of this book. It'll also help to turn the whole notion behind 'Leafscape' into reality; by allowing me to pass on the wonder that I have so painstakingly documented to your eyes and ears in a tangible format.

To make a pledge towards the project and be within the chance of owning your own signed and numbered copy of the book, please click here.

Should the campaign be successful, I intend to gift 10 copies to the following institutions with public libraries so that the book can be still be seen by those with an interest in scientific illustration, botany and fine art who missed out on owning a copy for themselves:  

The British Library 
The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew 
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 
New York Botanic Garden 
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney 
The Linnean Society of London 
Real Jardín Botánico in Madrid 
Lindley Library of the Royal Horticultural Society 
London The Duchy of Cornwall 
The Chelsea Physic Garden

Q&A: If you have any questions at all about Kickstarter or the exhibition, please don't hesitate to message me, I'd be happy to walk you through the process and talk about the work and show. 

Spread the Word: I am the only one managing this project, so there's a lot of communication required on my part to spread the word whilst I continue to finish the odd painting, soundtrack and book. So please feel free to encourage others to get involved as the success of this campaign will directly determine what we can accomplish together in 2017. Kickstarter has very kindly supplied us with a 'share' button at the top of its page for you to use.

You can continue to follow me and my future projects on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you for joining me on the botanical adventure, 
as ever, it is a pleasure to be here with you, 
right now, at this very moment in time and space.

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