Amelia’s Magazine is 10 years old!
My name is Amelia Gregory and for 10 years I have produced Amelia’s Magazine, firstly as a biannual print publication, and more recently as an online magazine only. To celebrate 10 years of supporting creativity in the arts I am producing a one off limited edition collectible artists’ book with a gold foiled cover and gold spot printing on every page inside, alongside an exclusive series of A2 limited edition art prints with real gold leaf. It’s time to get back into print and I need your help to do it!
The artworks and writing for the book have been found through an open brief on the Amelia’s Magazine website, allowing artists from all over the world to submit work on the theme of That Which We Do Not Understand.
The brief was inspired by my personal experience of two late miscarriages, and will explore the many ways in which humans seek to understand the things that they don’t understand in their lives: think Mysticism, Spirituality, Alchemy, Paganism, Witchcraft, Herbalism, Shamanism, Magick, Voodoo, Folklore, Occult, Esotericism, Tarot, Astrology, Animal Spirits, Paranormal activities, the Moon and much more. The book will feature at least 72 pages of exclusive artworks interspersed with short stories, flash fiction and poetry. It will be beautiful and inspiring, full of thought provoking contributions that question and celebrate the miraculousness of life.
Amelia’s Magazine has long championed new artists and this book will bring contributors’ work to a large audience. Better still, artists will receive 50% of profits from sales of the fine art prints, which will be made in editions of 10.
The book and prints will be launched with a party and exhibition at Tatty Devine's shop on Brick Lane, East London in December and thereafter any remaining artworks will be for sale with premier print destination East End Prints. A few copies of the book will be available online and in a few prestigious bookshops, including the Tate, but most will be sold through the Kickstarter campaign, so grab your copy now.
What will the money raised be used for? The funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to cover the costs of printing, paper, payment to artists, packaging and shipping. The book will feature a luxurious gold foiled cover and high quality lithographic printing on thick paper stock that includes an extra gold spot colour way throughout: this does not come cheap! The prints include hand-applied real gold leaf: again, an expensive option, but I feel the outcome will be well worth it. The campaign rewards for pledges include rare back issues, books, hand screen printed t-shirts, postcards and of course the limited edition book and art prints.
Meet some of the contributing illustrators above.
Partners: Please watch the video above to find out a bit more about the companies and people that I will be collaborating with to make this project a success. Meet Alison from Antalis, the company providing beautiful paper, including the stunning Curious Metallic paper that will be used for the front cover. I have happily worked with the Kent based printers Principal Colour for 10 years now and I know that Alan, Mark and their team will do an amazing job of printing the book. Harwood King are a family run Sussex based company, and Quentin will be overseeing the production of the fine art prints with gold leaf. I have collaborated with cult jewellers Tatty Devine many times over the years so I am very happy that Harriet and Rosie have kindly offered to host the launch party and exhibition. Helen from East End Prints will be selling any extra artworks on her website, which offers a huge variety of beautiful prints for the discerning buyer. (you can embed this movie from this link)
I have put together a wide variety of rewards to suit all budgets and tastes. You can of course put your pledge towards the book and prints, or you can pledge for some beautiful post cards, rare back issues, bargain illustration books, hand screen printed t-shirts or the wonderful limited edition GOLD cover artwork. I’ve kept early bird rewards at rock bottom prices to tempt you to pledge early and help get my campaign rolling, so I do hope you will snap something up and help make my dream a reality. Here are the rewards in order of cost, as they appear in the side bar here >>
Add-Ons: if you have already made one pledge but would like to add another reward to your pledge, please increase your original pledge by the desired amount and send me a message detailing what else you would like. I'm sorry for the inconvenience but this seems to be the only thing you can do to if you want to pledge for more than one item.
£5 POSTCARDS: Get a set of 12 exclusive postcards, featuring cover artwork from the print magazine, bespoke foiled and glittered designs and fashion illustrations from my second illustration book.
£10 AMELIA’S MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE: Creative inspiration for a bargain price! Receive a rare back issue of Amelia’s Magazine to treasure as your own - choose from issue 8, 9 or 10, subject to availability (please state when you place your pledge). Each issue features 300+ pages of art, illustration, music, fashion and much more.
That Which We Do Not Understand Limited Edition Artists' Book:
£15 - 50 available. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - THAT WHICH WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND ARTISTS’ BOOK: The early bird receives the biggest bargain! Order your copy of the 10th anniversary gold foiled limited edition artists’ book early and get your hand numbered and signed copy for a brilliant bargain price. As an extra special thanks for getting the campaign under way your name will appear in the book.
£20 THAT WHICH WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND ARTISTS’ BOOK: Ensure you receive your very own 10th anniversary gold foiled limited edition artists’ book in the post before Christmas. Hand numbered and signed by me. Anticipated retail price (if you manage to find a copy in the few select stores where it will be available) will be £28, so grab your copy now!
£25 HAND SCREEN-PRINTED T-SHIRT - 50 available: Need a brilliant handmade limited edition Christmas present for your loved one, or need to spice up your wardrobe? Pick from a selection of three designs, by the artists Jess Wilson, Hello Marine and Rui Tenriero, all hand screen-printed organic cotton t-shirts, taken from the Amazing Trees of the World poster given away with issue 6. These t-shirts are not mass produced! They were printed using four screens to give a unique and very colourful finish. Pick from small, medium or large, subject to availability (let me know what you would prefer when you pledge). Please note that these are mens’ t-shirts, though they look very nice on women who prefer baggy tees. Sizing is generous (see above) and I mainly have sizes Medium and Large in all styles.
£30 TWO BOOKS OF ILLUSTRATION: AMELIA’S ANTHOLOGY & AMELIA’S COMPENDIUM: Brilliant inspiration from the world of illustration: pick up BOTH of my illustration books for a bargain £30. Amelia’s Anthology of Illustration and Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration are currently retailing on Amazon in the UK for £23 EACH. The perfect Christmas present for that special creative person in your life.
Limited edition prints by artists featured in the artists' book:
£45: NEW A3 Limited Edition Artist Prints with Faux Gold Leaf: Hot off the press! (almost) Lay your hands on one of these exclusive limited edition prints featuring images from the book and bag yourself an amazing piece of artwork by one of my wonderful contributors at an absolute bargain price. These are A3 archival quality inkjet giclee prints on Somerset Velvet 330gsm and feature faux gold leaf that looks absolutely lovely but keeps our prices as low as possible. Expect to pay at least £60 per print if any are left over after this campaign ends. Pick from one of the artists below, with more to be added in the coming days. All prints are produced in runs of 10, so please message me once you have made your choice, so I know which artist you would like. (Don’t worry I will prompt you if this does not seem obvious when you pledge.) 50% of profits (after print, packaging and shipment costs are met) go to the artist.
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by EMMA FARRARONS. A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf on the details of the stars and in the dress. Moon Rabbit features the Chinese legend of Chang’e. ‘By overdosing on a magic pill that grants immortality, poor Chang'e floated all the way to the moon only to reside there for eternity with her companion the Jade Rabbit. That is why you can see the silhouette of a rabbit on the moon.’ The colour way was inspired by Klimt’s bold use of gold and ochre and the dress pattern (featuring a few hidden rabbits) reflects a love of printed textiles.
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by KATIE PONDER. A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf on the details of the butterfly, leaves, weathervane and the moon. The Weather Witches was inspired by the change of seasons, and the design of tarot cards. In this image the tempestarii (who control the weather) exchange summer for winter, as the leaves fall and the starry nights draw in.
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by KARIN SODERQUIST. A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf on the details of the Cyclops, cat and bird. The Magician's Assistant was guided by a subconscious instinct to make an image with a little bit of magic. 'As I started working on the image the woman turned into a Cyclops. I added more details such as the pigeon, the gloves and the apple, but the final question remains: who's the magician and who's the assistant?'
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by LORNA SCOBIE: A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf on the cat’s eyes. Black Cats was inspired by the superstitions associated with these creatures. ‘Whether they are the bearers of good or bad luck, black cats are subject to our superstitions from England to Japan. Here I have confronted this prejudice, and filled the viewers vision with silent black felines. Are they evil omens, or are they just like any other cat?’
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by SARAH PARRIS. A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf on a geometric pattern. Order from Chaos was inspired by an interest in science, astronomy and nature, and ponders some big questions. ‘How did the universe begin? Why does the natural world follow the same mathematical patterns? Is it chance or some greater force at work, that brings such order from chaos?’ The geometric pattern follows the rules of the golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence, which is applicable to the growth of every living thing.
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by CARLY WATTS. A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf on the rabbit, grasses and stars. The Golden Rabbit is based on the tale of the Moon Rabbit that is popular in a few cultures. ‘I’ve put my own sort of spin on it, showing a rabbit who wants to visit the moon goddess, but as it gets closer to her, it becomes part of a constellation so that it can always be with her.’
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by LAURA WILSON. A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf on the snake, headdress and cards. Fortuna was inspired by the use of tarot cards for divination, and the Pagan triple Goddess of the Moon. ‘I wanted to depict the ways in which opening our minds to mystery can enhance our souls and enable us to embrace a fuller spiritual life. As a feminist, womanhood and matriarchal ideas have a big influence on my life and my art.’
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by LINDSAY LOMBARD. A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf on the facets of the crystals and border. Crystals was inspired by the power of crystals. ‘Structure within the piece reflects the idea of an energy grid which is a technique used to create a healing energy with the stones. And in the same way that different areas of the body would have a crystal placed upon it, I wanted the colour in the piece to be quite spaced and represent these different areas.’
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by LIV BARGMAN. A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf lines. Dark Matter was inspired by a recent collaboration with astrophysicists and science authors on a project in Bristol. 'Dark Matter makes up 27% of the known universe, yet it is a huge hole in our current understanding of the cosmos.Is it something allusive, strange and or is it perhaps golden light?’
£45 - 10 available. A3 LIMITED EDITION FAUX GOLD PRINT by YOKO FURUSHO. A3 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with faux gold leaf lines. The Scenery of the Other Side was inspired by Japanese ideas of the afterlife, following the recent loss of her grandfather. ‘Souls must cross a huge river, and are first judged by the King of Hell. Cows and horses carry the good souls to heaven and my illustration shows what I think this might look like.’
That Which We Do Not Understand Artists' Book and Party Invite:
£50 THAT WHICH WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND ARTISTS’ BOOK & PARTY INVITE: Receive a copy of the 10th anniversary gold foiled limited edition artists’ book with a handwritten letter of thanks from myself, plus an invite to the launch party, planned for 11th December at Tatty Devine’s Brick Lane shop in London. Your copy will be hand numbered and signed by me, and you will receive a big thank you inside.
Limited edition cover artwork print designed by Amelia Gregory:
£75 - 20 available. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - REAL GOLD LEAF A3 COVER ART PRINT: grab your limited edition A3 real gold leaf print featuring the COVER artwork for the book. You’ll have to trust me on this design but it will feature a small Amelia’s Magazine logo topped with the words 10 years, and the title of That Which We Do Not Understand (in small print) encased inside a design that features flaming meteors in LOTS of beautiful real gold leaf on Curious Metallic gold leaf paper. Think gold on gold! Strictly limited edition, this is an unmissable piece of history that will look fantastic on any wall. To say thanks for trusting me to produce such a beautiful piece of art you’ve got yourself a real bargain. And a thanks in the book.
£90 - 80 available. REAL GOLD LEAF A3 COVER ART PRINT: Don’t worry if you missed the early bird special above - you can still get your cover artwork in real gold leaf. I should have something to show once I get further into the design process and I will post updates on this page so you can see what a stunner it is.
Limited edition prints by artists featured in the artists' book:
£180 - 10 available. A2 LIMITED EDITION GOLD LEAF PRINT by CRISTIAN GROSSI: A2 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with real gold leaf on the apparatus and body parts. Cristian Grossi lives in Italy, where he works on a plethora of art, design and fashion projects. He studied computer science and his bold graphic style is influenced by modernism, art nouveau, a love of nature and magical folk stories. Ver Sacrum was inspired by a night spent in hospital, when Cristian began to relate the behaviour of the human body to the Turing Machine. He imagined two demiurges implanting apparatus to combine with body parts, the unknown becoming part of the known in our flesh.
£180 - 10 available. A2 LIMITED EDITION GOLD LEAF PRINT by DARIA HLAZATOVA: A2 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with real gold leaf on the stars, the sky, the city, the eyeballs and her hair. Daria Hlazatova is a Ukraine based artist who has contributed to Amelia’s Magazine for many years. Her wonderful hand drawn pen and ink artworks are full of beautiful detail, creating a dream like world that the viewer can get lost in. Daria is inspired by music and folk tales because she believes that music and stories create paths to the deepest realms of the imagination and self-cognition. She hopes that her vision of The Empress will have a meditative, calming effect on the viewer, helping to untie the knots of anxiety as easily as she disentangles the red ribbon in her hands. Daria is also showing with Atomica Gallery as part of a group exhibition this December.
£180 - 10 available. A2 LIMITED EDITION GOLD LEAF PRINT by ESSI KIMPIMAKI: A2 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with real gold leaf on the moon, the headdress and the parrot. Essi Kimpimäki is a Finish illustrator who relocated to Scotland to study at the Glasgow School of Art. She creates textures through the use of ink, rollers, watercolour, paint, sponge and pencils, before scanning her work into Photoshop where she plays around with the colours and arrangements. Shamaness is inspired by ancient Mesoamerican civilisations who believed there was a strong connection between the spirit and visible world. The jaguar was a protective spirit companion for shamans as they moved between the realms and the bird is emblematic of the ecstatic trance state.
£180 - 10 available. A2 LIMITED EDITION GOLD LEAF PRINT by GUST OF WIND: A2 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with real gold leaf on elements of the cumulus and dancing lady. Mateusz Napieralski works from a studio in London, where he explores the relationship between the handmade and the digital. Tribal Cumulus explores the unknown powers of mystic rituals, where humans and nature merge during ceremonial, hypnotic trances. His bold colours and textures show the powerful energy that is generated but can’t be seen by the human eye. Real gold leaf is used as highlights throughout the illustration.
£180 - 10 available. LIMITED EDITION GOLD LEAF PRINT by NIALL GRANT: A2 archival quality inkjet giclee print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm with real gold leaf on the moon, stars and lettering. Niall Grant is a London based artist who creates fine prints that are inspired by traditional European illustration. He has worked for a diverse range of clients and showed work in numerous exhibitions. Mater Gaia is inspired by his interest in life, death and the dreaming in between. The artwork features the celestial skies and elements of 16th century alchemic illustration above a forest clearing where beautiful crystals burst from the soil. His work provides a ‘visual medicine’ for the viewer.
£800 - 1 available. AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO OWN EXCLUSIVE ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY GRANDE DAME. 50.8 cm by 60.96 cm. Tiff McGinnis is a highly collectible multi-disciplinary artist who is currently hosting spectacular solo show My Voodoo On You at the Ink_D Gallery in Brighton. She has made her exclusive artwork into a one off silk screen print, featuring loads of 24 carat gold leaf and hand coloured with flouro acrylic paint. Saint Agatha is the Patron Saint of Breast Cancer Patients, Rape Survivors, Bell Ringers, Bakers, Jewellers, Martyrs, Wet Nurses, Fire and Volcanic Eruptions, and is depicted carrying her breasts on a tray because they were cut off when she refused the advances of a high ranking magistrate. Tiff was drawn to this subject because “I went to Catholic school for 12 years and have always been intrigued by religious iconography. Later my mother introduced me to Saint prayers, which are really a kind of personal voodoo for when you want or need something… Although I am not religious, I believe in the power of concentration and visualisation.” The artist receives 50% of profits.
£80 - 10 available. Saint Agatha by Grande Dame is also available as a limited edition A3 giclee print with loads of faux gold leaf. Grab this unique chance to own a highly collectible piece of art now!
The Big One:
£1000 BENEFACTOR REWARD: A HUGE thanks! This is for someone who really really believes in what I’m doing. I am passionate about creativity, and this will enable me to share more great art and writing with an even bigger audience. It will also set me well on the road to my dream of relaunching the website and print magazine and for that I am extremely grateful. You will get a signed advance copy of the book with a handwritten letter of thanks inside and invite to the party, and your choice of limited edition print subject to availability (let me know which one you want as soon as you bid please so that I can remove one from the pledges!) You will get a MASSIVE special thanks in the book, PLUS a collaborative bespoke piece of A3 or A2 artwork (depending on what you want) by your choice of artist (choose from the artists who have created limited edition art prints), subject to availability. And if you would like to meet me in person I will happily take you out for a slap up meal and good conversation somewhere near where I live in Brick Lane, East London. All shipping costs included, wherever you are in the world :)
And there's more:
Still need convincing that you should be involved in making this project happen? Here’s what some kind and very knowledgeable people working in the creative arts have to say about the project:
‘Wow, 10 years of Amelia’s Magazine, of course that needs to be celebrated! And what better than a unique print edition which will no doubt become a collector’s item? We have been there since the start of when Amelia started, and are so excited about what Amelia has done for illustrators, designers and the wider creative sector in the last decade. We love being part of this campaign.’ Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust
'Amelia's Magazine had some lovely print editions, making the most of the tactile qualities of paper. Amelia has kept the magazine alive online but it'll be great to see it going back into print. Make sure it happens – support the Kickstarter now.'Jeremy Leslie, MagCulture
‘Amelia's Magazine is a much-loved and celebrated resource amongst the creative industries. It's great to see it going back into print, with something that will no doubt become a cherished, collectable book.’ Katy Cowan, Creative Boom
'It's important for illustrators to get their images out there in front of people, and Amelia's Magazine has long helped them do that. This new project is really interesting, and a fine opportunity for exposure. Feel the Spirit!' Derek Brazell, publisher of Varoom magazine, illustrator and co-author of Becoming a Successful Illustrator & Understanding Illustrations.
Thanks so much for reading about this campaign. Help make my dream a reality by making a pledge and/or sharing this page with anyone you think might be interested.
Risks and challenges
I have most of the artwork and writing ready to go, so I will be designing the book as the Kickstarter campaign happens. I am very confident that I can do a good job since I have designed and produced all my previous publications and I do not expect to encounter too many issues.
I have made a good assessment of lead times and expect to be able to deliver rewards to those who are based in the UK and mainland Europe in time for Christmas. Of course there is always the risk that something goes wrong with a third party which I have no control over (the postman goes AWOL…) but I have already planned ahead with my partners so hope that everything will go as smoothly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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