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Limner is a critical journal of illustration published by us, Studio Operative - we need your help bringing our latest issue to print!
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We are Peter, Alice and Miriam, 3 graduates from the illustration BA at Camberwell College of Arts. We run Studio Operative, a relatively new independent arts publishers based in Peckham in South London. We publish Limner, a new bi-annual critical journal of contemporary illustration and visual communication.

We need your help to publish issue 3 and to establish Limner as a self sustaining publication!

Limner 3, back and front cover
Limner 3, back and front cover

Limner began as a photocopied and then risographed zine and has developed quickly between issues with the last issue being a full colour litho printed, open sewn bound book. Featuring the writing and image making of over 30 practitioners, it was a diverse publication showcasing some of the most exciting and varied work being produced today.

Limner Journal issue #1
Limner Journal issue #1

Reflecting the developing and diverse practice of illustration, the format of Limner changes with each issue.

Limner Journal issue #2
Limner Journal issue #2

Limner #2 (ISBN 9780-957522305) was well received and is on sale world wide. We are distributed in Europe by Antenne Books and were recently one of the top magazine picks at Foyles bookshop. 

Despite this, it remains financially difficult. The first two issues were developed through personal fundraising and awaiting payments from retailers and expenses to run the studio make it hard to maintain capital. By supporting our campaign, you will go a long way to helping make the journal and the studio secure, providing us the opportunity to bring interesting ideas and exciting visual work to the public.

The journal aims to be a relatively informal print space, developing the dialogues that exist in art school and between practitioners daily into a prolonged and documented discussion about the industry, it’s education, the theoretical ideas that surround it and it’s social impact.

It is not, however, informal in its print quality. We place a high value on reproduction, for the journal to be a collectible document of excellent image making, and to display this image making at its best.

The journal’s content is accessible and diverse. The written contributions being relevant to anyone interested in the creative process. Our last issue discussed community and fairness in creative projects, the role that procrastination plays in the working process, a manifesto regarding the survival of printed matter in the digital age and an essay discussing drawing as an act of sexual release and the work of Tom of Finland, R.Crumb and Namio Harukawa.

Limner #3 (ISSN 2052-8574) will include, among others, fictional writing by Jay Cover from Nous Vous that discusses his process, an excerpt of Stina Lofgren’s writing on survival strategies when working with a language that’s being commodified, Tom Harrad on occular distraction and an illustrated essay by Malte Opperman and Rosie Eveleigh from Jiggling Atoms on the making of scientific imagery.

We are currently developing issue 3 which will be a larger format of 210 x 280mm and produced in black and white, with one colour section and tipped in text on different paper stocks. This issue is designed by Traven T. Croves and printed by Cassochrome.

It features the work of:

Jay Cover
Romy Blumel
Aidan Koch
Sam Rees
Evan Meister
Chris Harnan
Sinead Evans
Grace Helmer and Charlotte Mei Jones
Malte Opperman and Rosie Eveleigh
Peter Nencini
Stina Lofgren
Tom Harrad
Mike Redmond
Mari Kanstad Johnsen
Zoe Taylor
Jean Julien and Mrzyck and Moriceau
Billie Muraben
Simon Vaeth
Miriam Elgon
Peter Rhodes
Will Edmonds
& Charlie Cameron

We hope to continue to develop Limner with each issue, to continue to push new and innovative ideas within contemporary illustration and create a publication that champions the illustrators voice for discussion.

Our aim is to fill a unique space that shows illustration in it’s development and at it’s boundaries, to celebrate its uniqueness as a discipline and champion it’s role in the world.

More than anything we want to promote the best of the image making as we see it at the moment, the work that is challenging and innovative and interested in the future.

Postcard set- Limited edition Limner #3
Postcard set- Limited edition Limner #3
Luke Best Risograph Print
Luke Best Risograph Print
Mari Kanstad Johnsen Risograph Print
Mari Kanstad Johnsen Risograph Print
Charlie Cameron Risograph Print
Charlie Cameron Risograph Print
Colin David Stewart risograph print
Colin David Stewart risograph print

We would like to thank our contributors for their generosity, kindness and support of this project and to thank you in advance (fingers crossed) for helping us make this publication possible.

Studio Operative bundle- everything published to date!
Studio Operative bundle- everything published to date!
Michael Crowe collaborates... (included in the Studio Operative bundle)
Michael Crowe collaborates... (included in the Studio Operative bundle)
The Painters Family by FC Shaw (included in the Studio Operative bundle)
The Painters Family by FC Shaw (included in the Studio Operative bundle)
Try and Make More Mistakes by Sinead Evans (included in the Studio Operative bundle)
Try and Make More Mistakes by Sinead Evans (included in the Studio Operative bundle)
Postcard prints by Miriam Elgon (included in the Studio Operative bundle)
Postcard prints by Miriam Elgon (included in the Studio Operative bundle)

Risks and challenges

Limner #3 is virtually complete, we have all of the contributors art work and all that remains are slight tweaks in the design. We are working with Cassochrome to print the journal and have budgeted accordingly in terms of their quotes.

There is always the possibility of delays in delivery. We have factored potential problems with printing and delivery into our timescale but sometimes this is not enough. We will keep backers informed of any change in the promised delivery time.

However, as this is our 3rd issue, and 8th publication, we have experience in delivering print publications to deadline, and dealing with distribution and fluctuations in costs, etc - so are confident if we are successfully funded we can deliver the publication on time to our backers.

More than that, we are passionate about Limner and have worked hard to get it to where it is today funding the running of the studio through extra part time jobs.

We love being able to champion interesting visual work and promoting new practitioners and want to continue doing it for as long as possible!
We are really appreciative of any help and support that will enable us to develop Limner and Studio Operative further and hope that you can see the value in this project!

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    The complete current back catalogue of Studio Operative: Limner #1, #2 and #3, Michael Crowe collaborates..., The Painters Family by FC Shaw, Miriam Elgon postcard prints and Try and Make More Mistakes by Sinead Evans.

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    A complete set of Limited edition risograph prints by Mari Kanstad Johnsen, Charlie Cameron, Colin David Stewart and Luke Best plus a copy of Limner Journal #3.

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    Become a Friend of Limner Journal AND Studio Operative - your name mentioned in each future journal to thank you for your support, a subscription for EVERY issue of Limner Journal starting with Limner #1 and #2 and postcard limited edition Limner #3, plus a Studio Operative subscription with which you will receive a 1st edition copy of EVERY Studio Operative publication, past, present and future

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    Become a Mega-Friend of Limner Journal and Studio Operative PLUS - your name mentioned in each future journal to thank you for your support and a subscription for EVERY issue of Limner Journal starting with Limner #1 and #2 and the postcard limited edition of Limner #3, PLUS a Studio Operative subscription with which you will receive a 1st edition of EVERY Studio Operative publication, past, present and future including ALL limited edition prints and objects. - Everything we ever produce including all limited editions, special events, etc - forever!

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