UPDATE #2: Everyone who contributes $25 or more to the campaign can have their names listed on the thank you page of Further Over Yawnder! Wanderer Level for $250 or more. Ponderer Level for $60 or more. Wonderer Level for $25 or more. For privacy reasons, everyone will be consulted whether they want to be listed or not.
UPDATE #1: The first 50 backers of the Further Over Yawnder campaign will be entered in a draw to win a limited edition print of Ever Wondered (Where Yawns Go)? This print is exclusively available through this campaign only.
Welcome to the campaign! This is your chance to get yourself a limited 1st edition copy of the Where Yawns Go II: Further Over Yawnder picture book featuring the work of artist, Jay Dart.
The second book in the Where Yawns Go series, Further Over Yawnder, is set to be released. This is the follow up to the acclaimed first book, Wanderer of Yawnder, self-published in 2013. The books introduce younger audiences to concepts surrounding what it’s like to be an artist, or a creator of any kind. Where do ideas come from? How does one find their own unique voice? What is it like to share your creations with the world? While the subject matter is enlightening for even the youngest of readers, there are plenty of conundrums for older audiences to ponder as well.
Each of the 300 copies in this 1st edition of Further Over Yawnder (FoY) will be signed, doodled on and numbered by the artist. There are also lots of beauty rewards to be had in this campaign including the Field Guide to Yawnder, a 2nd edition copy of Wanderer of Yawnder (the first book in the series), exclusive prints, custom commissions, original drawings, bookmarks, postcards and eBooks!
Further Over Yawnder is the follow up to part I, Wanderer of Yawnder (WoY), which I self-published in 2013 with the support of a successful online fundraising campaign. Since the limited edition of WoY sold out awhile ago, funds from this campaign will also go towards beginning to print a 2nd edition of that book here too. This series is suitable for audiences of all ages. Lots of magical, mystical fun and conundrums!
ABOUT THE NEW BOOK
Further Over Yawnder will be 8.25" x 8.25", full-colour, hardcover book with 32 beauty pages featuring 20 high quality reproductions of my original watercolour and graphite drawings, and a story by Jiggs, my alter ego (more on him later). The cover will be case bound on 140 gsm FSC stock and the inside pages will be printed on 115 gsm FSC paper (the sustainable stuff). The 1st edition of Further Over Yawnder will be limited to 300 copies.
This part of the saga continues to follow Jiggs as he seeks to find the mystical nature of inspiration, innovative creation, and meaningful communication. As he continues to grow his Geistwood trees to epic proportions, he seeks the help of some fellers in order to get these creations out there. Along the way, Jiggs attempts to get the attention of the giant Foremoms who have the power to take things farther and wider than he could even imagine. But when he runs into his old pal, Barry the Mannalo (who is half man, half buffalo, of course), who warns Jiggs about the arrival of Dynamite Doug, Jiggs ventures further over Yawnder and what he discovers next will blow yer mind!
If I manage to raise more funds, then I will be able to include some fancy designer end pages on the inside front and inside back covers. If I really go over my goal, and the reward levels start to sell out, then I will start printing some of the 2nd edition copies of Further Over Yawnder, and make those available in this campaign — however, they won't be fancy and exclusive like the limited 1st edition.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I'm a drawist/author/designer from a small hamlet in the north part of Whitby, about an hour outside of Toronto, Canada. Over the past decade, I have been exhibiting locally and internationally in commercial and public art venues, with recent stops at international art fairs including Art Toronto, Papier (Montreal) and Drawing Now (Paris). While my focus is on presenting graphite, watercolour and pastel works on paper from his Yawnder series, I also create interactive, installation pieces that bring elements of my two-dimensional narrative works to the real world, like the Geistwood Stools which you can even get via this campaign (see Rewards breakdown below). This series references images of settlers forging their way on the frontiers of the wilderness, and rearranges them into a conceptually layered world that examines the nature of the creative process and its relationship with modern technologies. Bookworks allow me to present the story that has evolved throughout this body of work – each piece adds to a narrative labyrinth that I continue to travel within.
Jiggs is my alter ego and the main character of the Where Yawns Go series. He's also the one who wrote the story for both Wanderer of Yawnder and now Further Over Yawnder — makes sense, right? All that you need to know about him can be found in these books but he also has his own website featuring some strange drawings. This past winter, director March Mercanti made a profile video on my art practice for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) that goes further into the relationship between Jiggs and I (see video at the top of this page).
ABOUT THE REWARDS
Upon first glance, it may seem kinda complicated but the perks are simple.... everyone who contributes $25 or more gets a copy of Further Over Yawnder, bookmarks, eBooks and a special thank you postcard.
Then, there are a few other special things that you can get, if you'd like:
- Copy of the Field Guide to Yawnder
- Copy of the second edition of Wanderer of Yawnder
- New limited edition print (exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign)
- Special deal on the Some Fellers limited edition print
- Exclusive custom commissions and original artwork (drawing or Geistwood Stool)
Bookmarks(Available to all backers who contribute $25 and up)Collect em' all!
(Available to all backers who contribute $25 and up)
A special thank you postcard featuring a Jay Dart art TBD.
(Available in all rewards)
Get yerself copies of the eBook versions of both Wanderer of Yawnder and Further Over Yawnder!
Further Over Yawnder (the new book)
(Available to all backers who contribute $25 and up)
This is what the campaign is all about. Get yerself a copy of the new, limited 1st edition printing of this book. It book will be 8.25" x 8.25", 32 pages, full-colour, hard cover book and each copy will be signed, editioned, and include a little doodle too!
Wanderer of Yawnder (the first book)
(Available in rewards 4, 5, 8, 9)
Get yerself a copy of the 2nd edition of the first book in the series! For this reprint of Wanderer of Yawnder, it'll be 8.25" x 8.25", 32 pages, full-colour, hard cover book but this edition will be open (ie. unlimited). Compared to the first limited edition printing of WoY, there'll be a revamped cover and inside page layout (with text incorporated onto the images instead of on their own page), as well as some revisions to the text.
Field Guide to Yawnder
(Available in rewards 3 & 5)
Get yerself a copy of the Field Guide to Yawnder, created for my solo exhibition, Greetings From Yawnder!, presented at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Art Gallery of Sudbury in 2016-2017. This catalogue is 5.5" x 8.5", 40 pages, full colour, softcover and includes an essay from curator Sonya Jones. It features a profile on all of the main characters and places from the world of Yawnder from 2009-2016. There are only a limited amount of these books available. Preview all of the art here.
Limited Edition Print #1 - Exclusive
(Available in rewards 6 & 8)
Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign, this 8.5" x 11" print will be a giclee reproduction on Bamboo paper using archival inks. Edition limited to the number acquired here. ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN!
Limited Edition Print #2 - Some Fellers
(Available in rewards 7 & 9)
From my 2014 limited series, this 16" x 12" archival giclee reproduction on Bamboo paper. Limited edition of 100. This item needs to be shipped separately from the book and other rewards. Special pricing on this print for this campaign.
(Available in rewards 10 & 12)
Only a select few commissioned original artworks for those who contribute at the most prestigious levels. For the Art #1 reward, choose from a Magical Mystery Beard Library, Branch Library (see above), or Geistwood Saps Library. For Art #3 reward, I'm open to requests, within limits. Perhaps a portrait of yerself as a wanderer or maybe you have something else in mind.
(Available in reward 11)
One of my newest creations. Custom order yer favourite colour. These are solid wood logs painted with acrylics. Ships within North America and cost to be confirmed according to delivery location. This item needs to be shipped separately from other rewards.
ABOUT BOOK #3
The third book in this series, currently titled Within Beyawnder, is well underway. This book will feature many of the most recent themes that I've been exhibiting. I originally thought that this would be the last part of a trilogy but it's now looking like there's no end in site as I can already see a fourth and even a fifth book taking shape in my art practice. So stay tuned.
I post mostly on Instagram @jaydart, but sometimes on Twitter and Facebook @wandererdart. I'm also on Artsy. I have an email newsletter that ye should join HERE if yer not on it already. With the exception of fundraising campaigns, I keep the emails to a max of 3-4 per year, and I send updates about upcoming exhibitions, new drawings, new prints, etc...
Risks and challenges
Since I'm also a graphic designer as well as an artist, I'll be handling all of the production and layout of the book, as I do with all of my books and catalogues, so it's gonna be real professional-like ; )
While I have completed all of the drawings for the book, I still have some work to do on the cover title treatment and Jiggs is still finishing up the writing. He said he needs the summer to do er' right so the book will be ready to go to press in September. Just to be safe, I am saying December for shipment of the books and other perks, but I hope to begin sending things out before then. The exception will be the commissioned artworks – delivery will be arranged on a first come, first served basis for early 2019.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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