About this project
YES! We've made our original $5,500 goal to pay for PRINTING! Next, we made $390 to pay for the design/printing of our promo flyers and Russell Square Station branding image! *NOW* in the last 69 hours, your pledges can help recuperate $ for the Kickstarter video, all the while being a part of something innovative & creative!
We're being talked about in FourCulture Magazine here!
I'm Sylvie Hill. I've written a NEW book called Russell Square Station: mine the trash. It’s a rare and fated story of one Woman and her male Muse. Reunited after 13 years in London, UK in an explosive mess, the only way out of the wreckage is through poetry paired with the art of Juan Carlos Noria (aka dixon).
We need to raise $5,500 with Kickstarter to cover the cost of printing of this provocative visual story in poetry. The book is completed and designed by street artist and fashion textile designer, Laura Fernandez (aka Olivia), from Barcelona. We are ready to print it and we want to get it into your hands, art galleries & independent book stores!
Here it is!
So far, promotion and design of the book has come out of Sylvie's pockets (thousands of bux!) along with a lot of research into self-publishing an indie book project. Collectively, we have also put in many hours of work, planning and promotion. And Juan has opened his art collection up to Sylvie freely, without wanting dollars as payment (read here how Juan works).
The $ break-down:
Printing a book (with traditional offset printing NOT digital) is expensive, but the right choice for our artful book of poetry. Read why here.
Your contributions to fund the project are a HUGE HELP to us in offsetting some of the cost of self-publishing the book. If we raise more money than our goal, it will be used to compensate Sylvie's out-of-pocket expenses paid so far for book design and promotion (our total project cost is $7,800), shared among us, and toward a great launch event in Ottawa!
In exchange for your genero$ity, we're giving you the new book, the first book, original art at a great price, recordings, custom-written poems, art postcards from Canada and Spain, and of course, a huge THANK YOU!! (Note that if you are purchasing a signed book, it will be signed by Sylvie, plus a signed insert by Juan shipped from Spain!!).
- Design: $1,500
- Printing: $5,300
- Promotion (video, flyers, etc.): $1,000
- TOTAL: $7,800 + Kickstarter will take a % fee.
What does the book look like?
A sequel to my first spoken-word collection, Hoxton Square Circles: starfucking tales of sexless one-night stands from 2001, the new Russell Square Station: mine the trash features Juan Carlos Noria art and will be a full-colour, perfect-bound (book spine), soft-cover, 80-paged, hand-numbered book. Here's the cover and page samples:
Why should you help us?
You should help us if you like what we're doing and want to directly support an independent poet and visual artists! We really believe in this inter-arts collaboration via Canada-Spain, and are excited to offer you an incredible collection of Juan's art all in one book that tells the story of Sylvie's infamous spirited and heart-wrenching tale. Your contribution shows your support for this self-publishing project by helping to alleviate some of the financial burden incurred by creating it.
Want to learn more about us? Here are some reviews:
"Sylvie Hill's invitation to take part in this project made sense to me on many levels. Her dream of collaborating wasn't an abstract idea and the fact is, there was little effort on my behalf. All I had to do was to open the doors to my collection of paintings. Sylvie is a hard worker, trustworthy, talented individual. We share many things in common but our Ottawa connection seems key in our friendship. Dangerously independent projects interest me. The ones that don't have the "money for nothing" guys astride on them. Projects that stand the test of time. I'm interested in seeing if in the year 2050 this project will have legs to stand on. I hope it is a timeless project as I believe it is." ~ Juan Carlos Noria
"Sylvie Hill once reigned as the spoken-word indie sex goddess." ~ Culture Quarterly, Guerilla Magazine.
"A confluence of cultures and contradictions, Juan Carlos Noria is a fresh proponent of the visual art scene in Ottawa, Canada." ~ Opus Fine Art
Praise for Russell Square Station: mine the trash (2014)
“Sylvie Hill’s writing is something refreshing. It's the right combination of edginess and depth all while avoiding the regular pitfalls of the cliché or over-dramatic self-loathing. She balances out a larger scope of her views on humanity with personal experience. There are some super-damn empowered lines that intermingle with tender nakedness. Basically, her book is a nude model who dares to stare down your gaze in the name of art.” ~ Olexandra Pruchnicky, Performer (The Peptides)
“With words so precise, so honest, so untapped by convention and void of a need to please, Hill’s ability to pull you to her chest in order feel her beating heart is the greatest gift any poet can offer. By the end of the book, Hill will ‘suck you in like a cigarette’ leaving an ashtray full of emotions and then disappear back into the dark of a London night.” ~ Danniel D.D. Oickle, Author (Dancing in Silence and My Heart Has Teeth)
Praise for Hoxton Square Circles: Starfucking tales of sexless one-night stands (2001)
“Sylvie Hill lives her poetry at such pace and volume it’s impossible to not pay attention. Acrobatic leaps from vulnerability to rage to raw sexuality. She writes everything with her boots on.” ~ John Degen, Author of Animal Life in Bucharest (Pedlar Press) & The Uninvited Guest (Nightwood)
Watch Juan on CBC BOLD's "Creative Block" series here.
Read more reviews on Sylvie here.
Other Ways You Can Help:
This Kickstarter project is our effort to move what we think is relevant, beautiful and entertaining out there in an organic, DIY manner.
Maybe you don't have any extra cash but you still want to show your support? Help us get the word out by connecting on Twitter, Facebook and by sharing this campaign and (3) three REASONS this book is unique:
- 1) MORE than a book about sex with an Internet pen pal, it's a confession of sexual naivety and British envy by an Ottawa woman. So, who are we kidding? The Poet is a lightweight whose Canadian "niceness" and dare-say "boringness," next to the fast, furious world of London Town fails her.
- 2) MORE than a book about the urge to fit (it) in to social circles like in Hoxton Square Circles, here the starfucking tale of a sexfilled one-night stand spotlights a different human urge: the desire to be dangerous, cross boundaries and be guilty in the pleasure of going too far.
- 3) MORE than a book of poems, it contributes to the little-researched topic of "women and male muse," which Sylvie Hill is tackling in a new University of Ottawa workshop she developed for Winter 2015 called "Women Who (M)use Men: Fated attractions." We glorify poet Leonard Cohen stealing another man's Marianne, and think it's romantic that Dante puts his Beatrice on a pedestal. But here we have a Woman (m)using a Male Muse, and are all women who devote their poetry to a guy mentally ill like Sylvia Plath obsessing about her Ted Hughes or Anne Sexton lost on Mercy Street?
Thank you so much for your support!
- Sylvie & Juan
Sylvie Hill performed monthly as part of Step Up Slam from 2000-2003 and was part of the CBC Radio's Poetry Face-Off. Hers was a unique voice as author Nichole McGill says: “SYLVIE HILL is a troubadour with a voracious appetite. Think the sentiments of Rufus Wainwright punctuated in urban rap that is naked both in its power and honesty. Sylvie attacks topics that women aren’t supposed to experience and people aren’t supposed to talk about." Just like in her Ottawa XPress column, Shotgun (2004-2006).
Juan Carlos Noria was born in Caracas, Venezuela and carries his Latin American sensibility on his sleeve. As a teen growing up in Canada, he became an accomplished figure skater. A world tour with Disney on ice heightened his sense of absurdity, humor and anger, sharpened his visual and social awareness. True to his subversive nature, he undercuts his own personality allowing himself to explore two other personas and visual styles (dixon and Royal). He has been influenced by his contemporaries Mark Marsters, Pat Thompson and Dave Cooper. Yet, he is himself-singular Juan.
Laura Fernández (aka Olivia) studied Fine arts at Camberwell College in London, working since then as textile designer and illustrator. In the last years has been using the street as a canvas, decorating the streets with her Olive Oyl character, which merged with muses from all times: from Madame Merian to Josephine Baker or Frida Kalho, Marie Antoinette and even the Virgin of Guadalupe, pioneer women from different disciplines and fields of knowledge and creation, brave adventurers who lived life fully. Her work is actually a reflection about the mysteries of femininity... A great set of techniques and procedures, including illustration, vector design, hand drawing, acrylic painting, and stencil; and of course her imagination and irony, create the fuel that drives the project and guarantees a never-ending chain of reincarnations.
__POET + ARTIST = BOOK
Something magical happened when Sylvie paired her poems in Russell Square Station: mine the trash with dixon art. The art coincidentally shares the same theme as the poem, serendipitously carrying identical motifs and conveys visually what the words are saying. So, even if you say you don't "get" poetry, you don't need to! Take the cues from the paintings, these are visual stories, too.
The new book is about fierce preoccupations for connection that get compromised by explosive situations in the flesh. Been there?
Risks and challenges
AFTER our project is successfully funded, here is a list of what we expect could be potential obstacles and how we will overcome them:
The book is designed, ready for print. But, as a perk, we are offering to have your name in the book. We have accounted for adjusting space in the book to accommodate the names (extra text). Designer Olivia is on stand by and will need a week or two to adjust the copy and layout according to the list of the names before we send for printing.
nd by and we commit to a later delivery date of February 2015.
The book is ready for printing and we are operating on a quote/broker from July 2014.
Kickstarter funds only appear in our account two weeks after successful completion of the fundraising goal. Then we have to wait for the copy to be adjusted with patron names. Files finalized, sent to printer. Book will be available in early 2015.
Shipping costs have increased world-wide. We have priced our "shipping outside Canada" according to Canada Post specs, and will ship with a tracking number for early 2015.
After the project is successfully funded, it will take energy and time to organize orders. To overcome this, we will talk to other Kickstarter funders for their best practices on how to streamline the administrative work.
After the project is funded, we will need to organize an event to launch the book to locals. Strategic considerations are:
- timing (pre-Xmas or after)
- location (finding a pre-Xmas space that's not busy, or waiting)
- features (securing talent, assembling art for event)
- overseas patrons (creating opportunities to SKYPE in designer, artist)
We are lucky to have a support arts community here with whom we will work to produce a good event at which we can celebrate the book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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