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  The woods: a place of refuge and danger: a place to hide...and to be lost. Maybe forever.

Pictures, notes, sketches. This is how I love to spend my time.
Pictures, notes, sketches. This is how I love to spend my time.

I love exploring mysteries. You know those moments in life when something suddenly resonates with you and you HAVE to be part of it, to know more about it? Twin Peaks has always been like that for me - it nurtures that sense of there being a deeper truth that we haven't yet quite grasped. 

I have been creating Twin Peaks artwork for years and have been selling all kinds of different work online in my store 'Castle On The Hill' (please click on the store link to see more).

After pondering it for years (almost 27), I realised it's about time I start to put my paintings and ideas together for you - into something fun, thought-provoking and meditative. ​I'm so excited to be part of the Twin Peaks community and to share with you my artwork and ideas in a way which is tangible and accessible. I want to give back as much as I can, because Twin Peaks...and the Woods, is a whole world unto itself, from which I've learnt so much. To me, it's worlds within worlds, filled with possibilities (and seeeecrets...).

This is something I've put my heart into for so long, I'm just so excited to be putting this out into the world for you...and maybe help to draw more people into the world of Twin Peaks on the way ;)

 

What will you get?

 I've created the zine as an immersive experience for people - there will be things to think about, things to do, little puzzles to work out (that's if they present themselves to you as puzzles in the first place) and ideas may even occur to you which you haven't considered before.

The ethereal beauty of the Pacific Northwest forests is the central element in the zine, from which all the other images and ideas have grown.

I've been creating an expanding amount of Twin Peaks-related artwork for years and have been wanting to make up a zine for some time, but had been struggling to find a way of tying the pieces together. I didn't so much think it should be a random assortment of images, but something which told a story and posed questions, calling the reader to think more deeply about the subject.

In September/October last year, I started painting a series of misty forest paintings. It felt as though something was driving me to continue painting them over and over. I've been a fan of Twin Peaks since it first aired in the U.K. and images of the woods have been part of my psyche ever since. For me, I realised, the woods is the place of greatest wisdom and greatest darkness. You can look back at ancient mythologies and belief systems around the world to find trees and forests playing significant parts in legends and folklore: Dryads, fairies, trolls, witches, and spirits have all made their homes or even been part of trees, there's the Bodhi Tree, the Tree of Life, Yggdrasil, sacred groves used as living temples...

Of course, interspersed among the trees, you'll find more direct references to story lines, themes, motifs and characters within Twin Peaks.

 The zine will initially be 40 pages long (I'm planning on adding more as one of our stretch goals), 148 x 210 mm (5.8 x 8.3") and will be packed with art, ideas, poetry, and quotes. I've searched through a LOT of different options and settled on 130gsm silk paper for the inside pages and 300gsm white recycled for the cover.  I wanted to have the highest quality possible, yet keep it as affordable as possible, too. This is part of the reason why I liked the idea of a zine instead of a book for the moment.

 I am excited to be exploring some of the Themes and Characters from the Show, bringing together a collection of playing cards, featuring beautiful, original and hand-painted images.

Playing cards and Tarot cards are alluded to multiple times throughout Twin Peaks, with Lynch and Frost’s characters hinting strongly at the card’s symbolism.

Audrey’s father, Benjamin Horne, is the owner of the great Northern Hotel, Horne’s department store, and One Eyed Jacks. He is the epitome of the materialistic business man. In Tarot, money and possessions are represented by the Pentacles suit, which is the equivalent of Diamonds in traditional playing cards. As a prominent alpha character, Benjamin is a natural fit for filling the role of the King of Diamonds.

Horne’s daughter, Audrey, is heiress to the Horne estate and is presented as strong-willed and independent. Her emotional growth and increasing empathy, combine with her family’s wealth are all Pentacle traits. When asked to select a playing card, in One Eyed Jacks, Audrey chooses the Queen of Diamonds – which perfectly symbolises her character’s desire for control – She gets what she wants!

The 'Audrey' card - a work-in-progress. She still needs the suit to be added, more detail on her bodice and a few other extras will also be painted.

 Dale Cooper can only represent the King of Spades. Not only does Windom Earle place him on this card, but his character maps perfectly to the Tarot King of Swords (maybe Windom knew this, too…). His logic, intellect and intuition link Cooper to the Swords (Spades) suit, which symbolises the balance between intelligence and power, both having the possibility of being used for good or evil. Drawing this card advises the reader to keep emotions out of their decision-making - this is of great significance where we are concerned with Cooper.

I’ve emphasised trees, as Coop frequently comments on them, and is drawn to them. The King of Swords card uses trees to reflect judgement – a key part of Coop’s necessary attributes as an FBI agent, as well as that of the woods surrounding Twin Peaks…

The 'Cooper' card - also a work-in-progress. I can't wait to see what he looks like when the suit is added. I'm also working on his features a little more.

  The card mock-up. I may still change things around with this, for example, does it need the 'K' there? Maybe... Also, the corners will be rounded, so I'll have to make sure the design fits nicely with that...;)

So many ideas are bouncing around my head about the ways other characters will fit into this deck and the roles they will play. Also, if I feel it works, we may even have a few new characters sneaking in there from the new series - we shall see! I'll keep you updated with their progress throughout and beyond the Kickstarter campaign. I hope I have given you a good indication of the direction I am taking this part of the project.

March 24th Update: Major Briggs' card :) He has to be the King of Clubs.

 

Seven 8" x 10" archival prints.

I've taken a few images, some from the zine and some extra pieces, to print out onto my favourite paper - Epson Archival Matte. It has a lovely matte finish and reproduces the colours perfectly.

 All prints are taken from my original paintings:

1. "Glastonberry Grove"

2. "Laura In The Woods"

3. "Josie"

4. "Coop & The Llama"

5. "A Light In The Woods"

6. "Misty Forest"

7. "Audrey's Eye"

8. The bonus print! "After". I've been asked to add this to the prints section, so here you go! It isn't in the print collection of 7 right now, but can be added as an extra in the 'Add-ons' section, Or, if you would like to swap another print for this in the Owl Cave collection, let me know ;) 

From the scene in FWWM directly after Laura's night out...such a beautiful, eerie moment as the camera pans down the mountainside, I had to paint it. 

 

 SOLD - 'A Light In The Woods' 8" x 10" acrylic on canvas board.

I first started painting a series of this style of forestscape in early October 2016. I liked the idea of a bright, ray of light emanating from a point among the trees and projecting out into the misty twilight. I also painted a whole series of smaller versions (see below), and just couldn't stop myself painting them for a few weeks. Then I read Mark Frost's 'Secret History of Twin Peaks' and that strange light made even more sense!

'Forest 1' - 5" x 5" acrylic on canvas.

 

'Forest 2' - 6" x 4" acrylic on canvas.

 

'Forest 6' - 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas.

 

 'Forest 7' - 6" x 4" acrylic on canvas.

'Laura in The Woods' 8.2" x 11.7" acrylic on artist's board.

In 2011, I painted my own version of Laura's Homecoming Queen picture.

It had been on my mind for a long time to create a piece showing her darker side. Who was she really? People frequently seem to see her as an unkind person, shaped by events in her life, but I don't see her like that. She was lost, reaching, hoping for help which never came.

 

SOLD - 'Misty Forest' 8" x 10" acrylic painting on canvas board.

For this piece, I wanted to show a realistic version of the woods, rather than the stylised ones in 'A Light In The Woods' painting above. These trees are huge sentinals of the forest, but there's a lightness and fragility to them, too...and they're all lost in the mist.

A 'The Ponderosa Pine' (in Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department) approx 16" x 35" acrylic on canvas.

I've actually been wanting to paint one of these for years and now I have the perfect opportunity!

You probably know the painting I'm referring to - this one:

 

 

Work in progress
Work in progress

 

'Into The Woods' large 28" x 19.5" original canvas painting.

This is the big one. I thought about faking the depth of the forest, with those tricks that artists use, then I decided not to paint it that way - I'm taking the long way through the forest, painting one tree at a time and overlapping with mist and more trees as we go. I like the idea of this being a therapeutic piece, placing each tree intuitively as I go. I like the feeling of exploring the woods. Can you also see another of those light beams shooting out into the sky on the left-hand side? I'd like to do paint more close-up trees in the foreground, with needle-detail etc and maybe just a hint of green, or maybe in total silhouette - I'll see what looks best closer to completion. 

Every single pledge level will receive a 'Thank you' postcard (described in the £3 pledge level).

 

 

Add-on instructions:

1) Press the 'Manage your Pledge' button at the top of the page. if you haven't yet pledged, it will say 'Back This Project'.

2) Increase your pledge by the total of the add-ons you'd like (for example, if you'd like two postcard sets and a poster, that would be £5 + £5 + £20 = £30 on top of your initial pledge).

3) After the end of this Kickstarter campaign, you will receive a survey which will ask you questions so you can then explain which add-ons you would like.

I have a load of ideas for stretch goals and they will be announced as the campaign progresses. A couple of examples:

FAQs

A few possible questions you might have.

* What are the shipping dates and when will I receive my reward?

- Zines, small prints and postcards will be printed by late May, then I'll start mailing them out immediately, so you should receive them throughout May and June.

- Playing cards are going to be made from a collection of original paintings which are still in progress. I'll be working on them over the next year and the latest they'll be mailed out is September 2018. I'll keep you updated on their progress. They'll be mailed separately from other rewards, which will arrive much earlier.

* But I just want the enamel pin - how do I get it?

- If we raise enough to produce enamel pins (a stretch goal of £4,000), I'll be able to put them up here as add-ons, too. You can always change your pledge and add extras throughout the campaign.

* Does it cost that much to print a zine??

- Not just the zine, but future playing cards, canvasses and paint, postal mailers and mailing tubes, Kickstarter fees and taxes...and a big old list of boring admin things :p I very much doubt we'll make any profit from this, but if we raise extra funds, I'd love to put that straight back into the project: more pages along with extra rewards and goodies for you! Prices are kept as low as possible, without leaving me totally out -of-pocket (I can't afford that right now haha!)

I really hope you like the look of the project.

A huge thanks to Lynch and Frost for opening my mind to all the mysteries the world of Twin Peaks holds.

Also, a huge thanks to you, the fans. Without your enthusiasm and obsession, I don't think the series would be returning. I'm SO insanely excited!

In Lynch and Frost we trust ;)

~ Jess

 Find me on social media and around:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesspurrr/                             

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jesspurrr                                             

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CastleOnTheHillArt/                 

Website:  http://jesspurrr.wixsite.com/intothewoods      

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Risks and challenges

I have already finished all the artwork for the zine itself, so all is ready to go to print. When we are funded, I will be able to send the pages straight to the printers.
I have had over 10 years of experience in budgeting, packaging and mailing orders internationally, with almost 5,000 ETSY sales and a 5 star rating.
Also, having already had experience in working with other companies to help bring projects to life, I am confident we will be able to have everything printed with relative ease. If for some reason a printing company is unable to go through with planned production, I have alternative companies with whom we can work.
The only other ongoing work is the original paintings and paintings for the card pack. I am giving estimated dates for delivery of those and will keep backers informed as to their progress. As long as I'm around, they will be finished ;)

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