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A glimpse inside the studios and minds of some of the world’s best living children's picturebook makers. A limited edition photo book.
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A dummy mock-up of the final book. ** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
A dummy mock-up of the final book. ** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.

The Bookmaker's Studio is a photographic project by Jake Green and James Cartwright that explores the practices of some of the best established and emerging children’s illustrators working today. We tracked them down and shot them at work in their studios, where they made magic happen before our very eyes. 

It’s not often you get the chance to go and hang out with some of your heroes, so the images we’ve created capture our excitement at being allowed into these otherwise unseen spaces to witness such a variety of personalities, styles and techniques. 

We’re both of the opinion that these guys deserve to be celebrated for their incredible contributions to the world of children’s books. With any luck there’s plenty of you out there who agree!

The illustrators that we have included are: 

Beatrice AlemagnaLaura Carlin / Kitty Crowther / Owen DaveyBenji Davies / Chris Haughton / Yasmeen Ismail / Oliver Jeffers / Joëlle Jolivet / Maggie Li / Jürg Lindenberger / Katja Spitzer / Hervé Tullet

We’ve also got a foreword by a legend of children’s publishing Roger Thorp (Thames and Hudson, formerly of Tate Publishing) who was the first person to bring the work of Kitty Crowther, Beatrice Alemagna and Hervé Tullet to the UK market. 

We have an incredible little team working on this project who’ve all brought their skills to bear on the final book. 

Photographer - Jake Green took all the photos for the book, which means he’s travelled all across Europe, the UK and the US over the past year hauling bagfuls of equipment into studios large and small. That’s how much he loves children’s illustration. 

Editor - James Cartwright interviewed every single illustrator either in person or over Skype. He’s travelled less than Jake but still really loves children’s illustration. He’s also written a bullish introduction for you to enjoy.  

Designer - Melanie Mues of Mues Design has taken care of all art direction and shaped the look and feel of the project, injecting some style and flair to the layouts. 

Letterpress Artist - Russell Frost of Hooksmith Press is making us some stunning hand-printed, limited edition, letterpress covers, and creating hand-printed titles for the book. 

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Paper MerchantsG.F. Smith have kindly supported this project by providing the paper for our limited edition hand-printed covers. 

G.F. Smith Colourplan options pictured here. ** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
G.F. Smith Colourplan options pictured here. ** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
Lockwood Green / Dark Grey / Citrine / Pistachio
Lockwood Green / Dark Grey / Citrine / Pistachio

Printers - TBC, but they’ll be luxury, we promise. 

The Bookmaker's Studio will launch on 3rd September 2015 at The House of Illustration in Kings Cross. We’ll also be launching an exhibition of the work, running from 4th September - 5th November 2015. There’ll be talks and workshops happening throughout so you can come and get stuck in if you’re that way inclined. 

** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.
** All artist editions and dust jacket editions will be signed and numbered.

Specifications 

This campaign aims to fund the production of a very limited run 80pp, 3-hole sewn 280mm x 200mm first edition of the book. Limited edition artist’s dust jackets featuring original artwork will also be available at a slightly higher price.

This is from the first shoot we did with Jürg Lindenberger in Basel, Switzerland.
This is from the first shoot we did with Jürg Lindenberger in Basel, Switzerland.
This arrived recently from Berlin, the scraps donated by Katja Spitzer
This arrived recently from Berlin, the scraps donated by Katja Spitzer

This stop frame animation is of Hervé Tullet at work in his atelier in Paris.

An example of some sketches from Hervé which we will turn into a one off book cover.
An example of some sketches from Hervé which we will turn into a one off book cover.

This stop frame animation is from a selection of stills from the shoot with Oliver Jeffers in New York.

A detail from Kitty Crowthers amazing sketches that she sent to use as a one off cover.
A detail from Kitty Crowthers amazing sketches that she sent to use as a one off cover.
3-hole sewn binding that will be used on the final product.
3-hole sewn binding that will be used on the final product.

Risks and challenges

Relax! All pictures have been taken, all texts have been written, all layouts designed. It is VERY unlikely that anything will go wrong. We have to be ready to print this thing to launch at the private view in September, so there’s no other option but to deliver on time. You won't have long to wait to get your hands on your copy; it’ll be mailed out directly from the printers a few weeks after funding.

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    Early Bird Offer: Be the first to fund the book and get a copy of the first edition for the meagre sum of £10 only. RRP £15.95. 
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    Letterpress Dust Jacket: Get a copy of the first edition of the book and a beautiful limited hand-printed letterpress cover on GF Smith Colourplan paper. Printed by Russell Frost of Hooksmith Press. You also get a personal thank you in the book and an invite to the private view. Premium stuff!

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    2 X Letterpress Dust Jacket Edition: One for you and one for a friend! Get 2 copies of the first edition of the book with a beautiful limited hand-printed letterpress cover on GF Smith paper. Printed by Hooksmith Press. You also get a personal thank you in the book and an invite to the private view. A great gift option.

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    Exclusive! **Artist Edition** Cover/Dust Jacket: This is something really really special! Get a copy of the first edition of the book, a beautiful limited hand printed letterpress cover printed on original artwork donated by one of our amazing illustrators. These will be rare as hen’s teeth and a must for any serious, discerning illustration fan. In years to come people will probably talk about these beautiful artist editions with tears in their eyes. Contributors include: Kitty Crowther, Hervé Tullet, Katja Spitzer** 
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    The hardcore collector’s edition. A Collection of 5: Exclusive!!! **Artist Edition** Covers/Dust Jackets: With this reward we guarantee you a unique one-off cover from 5 different illustrators. You also get a personal thank you in the book, an invite to the private view and free entry to a House of Illustration exhibition. James and Jake will high-five you personally at the PV. If you can't make it to the PV, we will high five you simultaneously over Skype!

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    The Philanthropists Special: Deluxe Edition!! We will post 1 copy of the book to the top 100 arts based Universities and Colleges in the UK. Your generosity will help to inspire a new generation of 'Bookmakers'. You will also get a copy for reference (with dust jacket), thanked in the book and invited to the private view. You will get numerous high five opportunities and an optional hug.

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