When You Let The Morning In is a handmade, all-woman collaborated poetry chapbook project with multiple artistic components: letterpress printed covers with a linocut cover image, hand-binding, handmade paper from Papeterie St. Armand in Montreal, Quebec, font by a Canadian designer, and of course the poetry itself!
When You Let The Morning In is a series of 24 short poems. Inspired by the brevity of Haiku, the essentiality of Imagism, and summers spent dancing in the BC wilderness, these poems aim to instill a sense of simplicity and freedom that is at odds with urban life.
Some info on the wonderful women who contributed to this project:
Stefani Williams (OMDLCoastal) is a linocut artist and mother living on Vancouver Island. She designed and carved the lino stamps used for the cover image.
Hayley Evans (Elf-Witch Creative) is the editor of When You Let the Morning In.
Alanna Munro is a visual experience designer based in Vancouver, BC. She designed the font, “Tofino,” used for the inside matter of this chapbook.
Elizabeth Colwell (1881—1954) was an American printmaker, typographer, and writer. She was the only American female typeface designer of her generation. Her typeface, “Colwell Handletter Italic,” was designed in 1916 and was used to letterpress-print the chapbook’s cover.
Lauren Elle DeGaine is the writer of When You Let The Morning In. She also letterpress printed the covers and hand-bound the chapbooks.
Some info on the budget: this has been a LABOUR OF LOVE, and I want to price the chapbooks accessibly. My goal for self-publishing is to get this piece of art out into the world! So you'll notice that the kickstarter goal is lower than the cost of the materials. That's okay! Your backing will help with the costs of the as-yet-unpurchased items, and the remainder will be a stipend for my labour.
In order to meet my funding goal, I will have to sell at least 40 x $8 pledges. Any chapbooks left over after this campaign will be sold at local poetry readings in Victoria, BC.
*Items in blue have already been purchased over the last couple years =)
The materials for this project - covers, endpages, interior design - are all completed and ready for production: all that's left to do is bind these chapbooks into an edition of 75 sweet little art items, each a little bit unique, and with a personalized signature just for you.
Beginning of March: Kickstarter campaign ends.
Mid-March: Production begins (on weekends, in between meal prep, hiking, and catching up on sleep!)
Beginning of May: Chapbooks shipped out to backers! Yay!
*I acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory this project takes place, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.*
Risks and challenges
The challenge with this project will be finding a large enough readership to sell all of the chapbooks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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