This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, April 5 2019 9:59 PM UTC +00:00.
Welcome to the KYST Book Crowdfunding Campaign
'KYST' is a Danish word meaning coast, and is the name of an art project I worked on in 2018. I am hoping to raise funds towards the production of a richly illustrated and beautifully designed hardback art book to complement the KYST exhibition touring Denmark, Scotland and England in 2019.
But first a little bit about me
My name is Ben Woodhams, and I am an English artist and illustrator living on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. I have been living here for over ten years now, with my wife and three children, and have developed a deep and everlasting love for the place.
My work is founded in direct observation and I often use birds as a 'way in' to the natural environment. I am fascinated by the process of observation and the way in which the physical act of looking — really looking — creates a deep physiological connection between ourselves and our environment...
I am particularly interested in the passing of time, and how to respond to this when I am looking and painting. The patterns made by a flock of cranes drifting overhead, the rising tide within a rock pool, shadows moving over a rock during a day, an oilseed rape field blooming over a period of weeks, changes through the seasons and over years...
What is the KYST project?
Starting on Friday the 5th of January 2018, and continuing on every Friday throughout the year thereafter, I walked around the island of Bornholm. Each week I started the walk from the same spot where I finished the week before. The concluding walk in the last week of the year took me right back to where I started a year earlier.
Each KYST walk began at dawn and ended at dusk. During each journey I moved slowly, clockwise, along the coastline and observed and recorded my experiences as I went. I sketched, painted and drew, with the aim of making some sort of physical record of my journey on that particular day, on that particular stretch of the coastline. All the work was produced during the KYST walk, outside in all weathers.
KYST is a journey through time and space, a voyage of discovery and exploration, with Bornholm as a gigantic clock face, sundial or calendar. Each walk was a story of a day, of the changing weather patterns and tidal flows and the rising and setting of the sun. KYST was also a personal journey — a story of my trials and tribulations, as I struggled to find a home within the project parameters I had set myself and adapt to extreme weather conditions and 18 hour-long days.
But why the Crowdfunding campaign?
Once I had created the project, KYST very quickly became an all-encompassing obsession. I have invested so much of myself into the whole project and am determined to make sure that the book is the best that it can possibly be. I have extensive experience in project management and curating and I didn't want to hand the book over to a large publisher because I wanted to retain artistic and editorial ownership (= control freak). Recently, I have been lucky enough to find a partner in NaturBornholm, a science and discovery centre based on Bornholm, who has agreed to fund a large portion of the production of the book, whilst allowing me to retain editorial freedom. This means the book is happening.
In addition to NaturBornholm's contribution, a local fund has contributed significant funds towards the book, as has a generous private individual. There is, however, still a shortfall — in addition to the physical production of the book, there are designer's fees, photographer's fees, translation costs, editing, proofreading, and so on, not to mention distribution costs, marketing — and don't even get me started on VAT, seller's commission and so on... KYST is a self-funded project and I have enjoyed the creative freedom this independence gives, but now I need to try and put some bread on the table...
But there is more to it than that... Do you like Eider Ducks or Cormorants?
From the beginning KYST has been an 'interactive' project, where I have uploaded images on social media, written my blog, and been followed by local TV, radio and Newspapers. Throughout the year people have written to me, or met me 'on the trail', and shared with me their thoughts on Bornholm, and what Bornholm's nature meant to them. It has been a humbling process for me, to see how my work has resonated with people, and I really hope this Crowdfunding campaign and the opportunity to have one's name in the book will be something that people are interested in....
How can you help? Become a Subscriber and an important part of the book
By selecting the Eider Duck support option further up on the right, you will be able to have your name included in the Subscribers page within the book. But hurry! There is only space for 100 names. *Please note: only one full name per book purchased (but 'Mr & Mrs Jensen', or 'Jensen family' is fine). And please: Just personal names, no commercial names, companies or anything like that (see below).
Once all the 'Eider Ducks' are sold, or if you would rather not be included in the contributors’ page, you can order a Cormorant instead (also top right). Or you can just buy some postcards, some White Wagtails.
The way the Danish postal service works, means that it will actually be cheaper for me to send two books separately, rather than post them together to save on postage (over 2kg becomes a 'parcel' and costs skyrocket) so, if you would like more than one book, just click away ;-) If you would rather collect the book from NaturBornholm and save on shipping, please select 'Afghanistan' in the shipping menu.
If you would like to make a more significant contribution to the project and be included at the front of the book, please let me know.
The KYST book will be a hardback 'coffee table' type book, measuring 300 x 245 mm, with 220 pages printed in high-quality paper by the Danish printers Narayana Press. The book will be designed by Nye Hughes from Dalrymple, an award winning graphic design studio based in Edinburgh Scotland and specialising in fine art and museum publications. It will be written in both English and Danish, with translation by Marie Lund from Idiomatic translators based in Århus, Denmark. Digital files of the artwork of the highest quality will be produced by Birmingham-based photographer David Rowan. Editing and proofreading by NaturBornholm and Mark Woodhams. Such a wonderful team of people.
The KYST book will be richly illustrated with over 200 full colour plates. After an overview of the whole project, we follow each KYST trip - all 52 of them - with a short introduction followed by a summary of the weather, my thoughts, the birds that I saw and so on. I have tried to be as 'honest' as possible in my musings and observations - it is certainly NOT a guide book of Bornholm, just a record of MY year experienced through 52 coastal walks.
Originally I had hoped that the book would be ready in time for the opening of the first KYST exhibition on the 3rd of May 2019, but that seems unlikely now. Instead we are looking at a publication date of late May to early June. The book will be available at each of the exhibition venues.
How Kickstarter works
I have set myself a goal of 40,000 kr (= approx. 100 books after Kickstarter's commission), If this goal is NOT reached, then the campaign will have failed, and all monies will be returned immediately. Will the book still be produced? Probably yes, because I will not give up, but not in this form and I will doubtless be a broken man... sniff... IF the campaign reaches its goal, I will be able to contribute to the production costs and all will be good. If the project exceeds its goal, we may be able to increase the print run (currently set at 1,000), opening up the potential to maybe turning a profit...
The success of a Kickstarter campaign is based on the enthusiasm and goodwill of its supporters. If you're not able to donate you can STILL help by spreading the word and sharing this project with as many friends, family, colleagues and contacts as you possibly can.
Please feel free to contact me here...
Kickstarter has a quite good 'FAQ page with lots of info about donating and so on.
For more information on me and the KYST project, see here...
Thank you for your help and interest in advance... Ben Woodhams
Risks and challenges
Print production time varies and may require more time than expected to complete. I am hoping for delivery of late May/early June - I'll let you know if there will be a delay... Thanks for your patience!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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