The past few years has seen an amazing explosion of street art talent and a huge part of that has been some amazing women artists. We want to capture their art in a great book which not only features some amazing images but also gives real insights and background to their work. We're doing this because we love the artworks, but we also want the book to be a source of inspiration to new artists out there.
The range of artists is incredible, from the stunning work of Faith47 in NYC, to Binty Bint's faux-childish work in London; from Berlin collective Neozoon and their animal rights-based work using old fur coats (really amazing) to Jilly Ballistic's uber witty ad-busting on the New York subway; from Jules Muck's brilliant street portraits in Santa Monica...
...to the Latino/ mafia boss inspired work of Kashink in Paris; from Btoy's 1930s and 1940s Hollywood starlets on the streets of Barcelona to Lady Aiko's tantalising work in South Africa and Brooklyn; from Kaff-eine's really striking anthropomorphic (nudes with deer skull heads etc) images in Melbourne Australia, to Lily Mixe's sea creatures in London's East End.
The point is that the range of work is incredible, much more than you would imagine until you begin to scratch the surface. It's also amazingly global: great street artists can emerge anywhere.
When you put them all together in one book the result is powerful: so much invention and creativity in one great package.
So, we're planning a limited edition first edition, which will be published by Graffito Books in London and by L.A.-based Inqling Press in North America. The format is a really high quality paperback of 196 pages (we're using 157 gsm art paper – it will feel chunky and the images will reproduce really well).
But we want this to be the beginning of an on-going project, where we update the edition as street art evolves – bringing in new artists, new images, new ideas. It's early days, but we'd love to see a set of 5 editions or more – capturing the most innovative and vibrant of all contemporary art, before it disappears.
SPECIFICATION AND SAMPLE SPREADS
Women Street Artists will have the following spec:
- Dimensions: 9" high x 6.25" wide ( 230mm x 160mm)
157 gsm art paper
Full colour throughout
Artists are arranged alphabetically and each artist's entry shows a range of their work and a text by street art expert Xavier Tapies, describing how they got into street art, their processes and sources of inspiration and their thoughts on the street art scene. What emerges is how different each artist is and yet how they share many of the same challenges. Take a look at some sample layouts below:
Risks and challenges
The project is being created by Graffito Books in London, who have huge experience in art, street art, fashion and design publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. You can see their other projects here: www.graffitobooks.com.
Graffito have a long-standing print relationship which has delivered excellent quality year on year. So the book will look and feel great. In the US and Canada the book will be published by the clever boutique publishing house, Inqling Press based in Los Angeles, so we've got Europe and North America covered. The actual work is well advanced and looks great, so we're on track to get this complete for January 2017 and to then begin working with the new edition, with input from those of you who opt to collaborate with us.
In any publishing venture there are of course unexpected events outside our control, although these are rare. We will keep all our backers appraised of all of these – be it delays at the printers, or problems with shipping. Graffito have, however, been doing this for a very long time with the same partners, so we hope that is reassuring!
One of the great things about Kickstarter is that it allows us to connect directly with everyone who is genuinely into street art. This is essential in an age where bookshops have lost a whole lot of their mojo (where they still exist, and with a few notable exceptions, but it's not a fun scene any more) and we're really looking forward to feedback and suggestions from our backers. We really want this to be a collaborative experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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