In a tiny forgotten corner of Jesmond Dene, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, tucked away beside a luxury hotel, sits an abandoned little lodge.
Once part of Jesmond Dene House’s sprawling complex, the tiny part of the lodge you can see from the road is deceptive. There are Grade II listed stables, and several outhouses. The strangely small looking cottage is odd when compared to the massive hotel opposite, as though someone simply dropped a child’s playhouse by the roadside and forgot it was ever there.
I love this place. It’s in such a busy area, and yet barely anyone notices it. You have to be looking- really looking- to notice the little window that crops out into the kerb. It’s so densely overgrown that you can barely make out what’s there. It’s a hidden house, a secret, invisible to the hotel, it’s clientele, local residents, and anyone without a keen sense of curiosity for what that little window is.
I wanted to draw something that captured the quiet defiance of this place, useless and hidden, unloved and yet beautiful. My fear for the lodge is that one day the developers will move in and take away all of that beauty with cookie cutter luxury housing that only those who pay for the privilege will see. The artwork I created, titled, "The Place That Isn't and Never Will Be Again" is a love letter to quiet, dilapidated places that exist in a world that takes value only from commercial gain. For this Kickstarter, I created two colour variants that I felt added new atmosphere to the original drawing- "Summon", a sepia toned variant, and "Goodnight", a purple and blue Kickstarter exclusive variant.
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Risks and challenges
---New Product, New Manufacturer---
I've never produced giclee prints before, and as it is a different printing process to the digital printing I am used to it will take more work to ensure that the prints come out as I intend. I will be working with Printspace to produce the giclee prints, who are a new manufacturer to me. They are well recommended for their giclee prints, and provide many good resources for making sure prints turn out as accurately as possible. I have already made soft proofs to make sure the colours of the prints will be accurate, and I will ask for hard proofs before I dedicate to printing the orders to make sure any issues are corrected.
Brexit is coming, and with No-Deal looking more and more likely I am preparing for shipping to become more and more expensive. To offset this, I have put aside half my manufacturing costs into shipping, and I am also putting aside another twenty percent as contingency if anything happens. Shipping times may also be affected- while I hope I will be able to get all rewards shipped out before October 31st, I have put delivery down as January 2020 for rewards so that if there are any issues with shipping, those have time to be resolved.
- (21 days)