I'm Lily the creator of Ephemeral. As an illustration publication first, the printed publication showcases the fine work of recently graduated, starting-out illustrators that have buckets of talent and skill. I wanted to support their practice by commissioning interesting work, exposing them to you, the beautiful readers and other people within the industry.
I also wanted to explore interesting subjects that have value to the audience, have a purpose to our world and so are important to communicate.
Issue 1 talked about hair and haircuts, letting the identity attached to hair go, the sorrows of losing hair, changes within the gender norms, expectations and perceptions within the barbershop and the social ephemerality of the wig. Fortunately, issue 1 received a nomination from the Stack awards for Best use of Illustration, and so we are more excited than ever to continue this project further.
Issue 2 came from a personal interest and illustration project based around a small weed, called Thale Cress. Formerly known as Arabidopsis Thaliana, it is a small ephemeral plant, commonly considered a weed, that often grows on roadsides, railway tracks and other disturbed grounds.
The interesting thing about Thale Cress is that due to its small size it is perfect for quick tests within crop and agricultural research. It has become a huge discovery within this field, becoming what is known as the 'model' crop within various types of projects and tests.
This includes crop research for genetically modified foods, medicinal applications and it has even gone to space, becoming the first plant to completely a full growth cycle from first seed to second generation seed in space.
This small plant then started us on a course of huge proportions, looking in to the food security of the planet, the argument of the use of genetic modification in our food and pioneering technology and research within parks and centre of crop research such as the John Innes Centre.
Accompanied with bright, colourful, humorous, descriptive illustration and design, this issue is our biggest project yet.
But as totally independent creators, we do need a little help. For this idea to become a reality we need to cover printing costs and pay our illustrators and writers. Backing our project would be huge for us as smaller creatives and we would be incredibly grateful.
The team at Ephemeral would like to also thank all of the artists and writers involved in the project and especially the researchers and staff members at the John Innes Centre for being the best project collaborators.
Risks and challenges
We are working closely with the John Innes Centre on this project so please bare with us while we proof read all information and creative pieces alongside them before release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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