Yasmin’s Journey is a Risograph printed, limited-edition art/children’s book sharing the story of Yasmin, an eight year old refugee who is forced to flee her home to seek safety.
Full of messages of courage bravery, kindness and friendship, the story captured in Yasmin’s Journey is designed to educate, encourage empathy and to convey aspects of the journey, through rhyme, in a way that children will understand, whilst still remaining child-friendly and appealing to adult readers.
From her comfortable life…
Having to leave...
The journey itself...
And Yasmin’s anxiety and bravery throughout...
We will be setting the edition number based on how many backers we receive and it will be printed using a Risograph machine. Risograph printing produces a vibrant and tactile finish that is very similar to screen-printing, but much less time consuming, more cost effective and environmentally friendly.
It is a stencil printer with a unique "textured" aesthetic, each colour is printed one at a time, passing the paper through the printer multiple times to create layers in a similar way to screen printing.
Part of the joy of the process is the "imperfections" that occur during printing. These slight mis-registrations during the printing process will make each book unique, and a piece of art. Areas where colours overlap create new colour blends, creating a hand made feel. The soy based inks are delicate meaning that the books need to be cared for to avoid smudging, we wanted this book to feel like a unique piece of art, something to treasure.
We've written and designed Yasmin's Journey to appeal to both adults and children, creating a series of unique limited edition books with strong graphical elements and rhyming text that can either be treasured as a collector's items for art enthusiasts or as a story for open-minded parents to share with their children.
We want this project to have an impact beyond the people who receive the book itself, which is why Gus and I intend to gift 50% of our personal income this year to Muslim Hands (www.muslimhands.org.uk), an aid-agency and NGO working with refugees across the world.
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Yasmin’s Journey has been written by me, Charlotte Bibby, and illustrated by Gus Scott because, despite the vast number of refugees that have been arriving in Europe, there was no story to explain to children what this journey might feel like, especially if they may have a new student at school that has experienced something similar.
We also thought that for adults, what a better way of preserving experiences of history than through a one-of-a-kind risograph book, full of wall-worthy illustrations?
In 2015, alongside Deadbeat Films, I went to Calais to produce an ongoing documentary film that inspired Yasmin's Journey. We received some small donations and self-funded the rest to cover the cost of the film, and donated half to charities working with refugees in Calais. The reason I wanted to create Yasmin's Journey was to attempt to repeat this concept again: share a story that needs to be shared whilst simultaneously raising money for the people experiencing those stories firsthand.
Gus and I began putting ideas together in the summer of 2016 and have now written and illustrated the entire book and are completely ready to print out a limited edition, Kickstarter exclusive run of Yasmin’s Journey for you and your own friends and families.
Yasmin's Journey was written for my future children and the people I love, and I'm happy to be sharing it with you.
I'm Charlotte and I conceptualised and wrote Yasmin's Journey
My background is in photography, and after graduating with a BA Photography it lead onto art direction and producer roles. I manage the visual aspects of social media campaigns and work as a producer, finding inspirational stories of and stories for women and girls at SuperSisters, a platform working to change the narrative for young Muslim girls.
Since March 2017 I have also been working on Reclaiming Muslim, a documentary project where I have been interviewing and photographing a diverse range of Muslims about a variety of different topics.
In 2015, as I detailed above, I co-produced an ongoing documentary film which helped give birth to the concept of Yasmin's Journey. I went to school with Gus and I've enjoyed collaborating with him from start to finish on this project over the last year.
With the money from this campaign I would like to continue to collaborate with illustrators on a range of beautiful children’s books that connect children and adults to the world around them and continue working on projects that share human stories with audiences.
I'm Gus and I illustrated and helped create Yasmin's Journey
After studying Illustration and Animation at Kingston University, I've worked as a screen print technician, in house illustrator/designer at an international publishers and freelance illustrator. I've always enjoyed printmaking and the way a print process can bring a project to life.
I've always collected illustrated children's books, and its always been my dream to publish one that I've not only illustrated, but helped create the story as well.
The money from this project would enable me to pursue other collaborative projects, giving me the chance to explore other ideas I currently have, including other illustrated children's books.
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Risks and challenges
This is a virtually risk-free project, as we've already completed the digital book and are using a tried and tested method of printing. Once Kickstarter finishes we can immediately book it in to be printed. The only risk could be a delay in the expected delivery date, which depends entirely on how many books need to be produced. A larger print run will take the printer a longer time to turn around, as the process involves is more time consuming than inkjet printers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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