Both Sides of the River Severn in Words & Images

by Carolyn Black in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England

To publish a unique artist's book that flows with gushing words, gorgeous drawings & stories about the Severn, seen from both riverbanks.

by Carolyn Black in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England

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 Writing, drawings, wanderings, meanderings........

Have you ever stood on a riverbank and wondered, idly, what it is like on the other side? Maybe you've heard sounds travelling over the water, or seen surfers riding the Severn Bore?  How important is it to see both sides of any given situation? What happens if you linger? Might you gain a glimmer of understanding by just gazing across the water?

The drawings and the texts invite you to reflect on such matters.

I’ve lived close to the River Severn for thirty-six years, twenty-five near the east side and eleven on the west bank. I’m an artist/writer/producer and river-lover.  All I do is related to the visual arts. Most recently, I have been drawing large panoramic views of the Severn in chalk & charcoal, capturing the span of both banks lying opposite to each other. 

This book (signed for pre-orders) will provide a glimpse into how it feels to immerse yourself in exploring various locations along this wonderful river. My own autobiographical 'stretch' lies between The Old Severn Bridge and Newnham on Severn, but you may have your own - either here, or on another river entirely. Why not give the other side a little consideration? The panoramic images guide the text as it flows and meanders through the book, tracing a selection of journeys from one bank to another.

You can support me in two ways:

Prints

By pledging to buy prints, some with a 30% discount on my usual prices - call it a gift for Christmas! (Offer only applies to the Old Severn Bridge prints on this campaign site). Both of these special-edition prints of both sides of The Old Severn Bridge will feature in the book, marking the beginning, and end, of a circular route along both banks of the river. In 2018 the bridge tolls for the Severn Crossings are being dropped and things will change. This pair of drawings captures the moment before it becomes free to use, and more people will begin crossing to the other side. 

If you want to view the original drawings, you can now, from 23rd October at The George Cafe in Newnham on Severn.

Book

By pledging you are pre-ordering the book.  The RRP will be £25 when it is published - snap it up here by ordering in advance for £20. Available in Spring 2018. I will keep you informed of progress.

I hope that my project prompts you to think about how fascinating it can be to cross over and look at something we know well. To see it from another perspective. Not better, or worse, just different.

NOTE: the prices offered in this appeal are only available  during the appeal. If it does not reach it's full target you will be notified by email and your order will not be fulfilled (and your money will not be drawn down). Should that occur, please contact me and I will do my best to meet your needs and supply prints and cards in time for Christmas.

Under the Severn Bridge, Aust


Under the Severn Bridge, Beachley

 

Christmas Cards

Newnham Church to Arlingham Christmas Card

Newnham Ferry Christmas Card 

Postcards

Will feature one or the other of the bridge drawings - Aust or Beachley

Writing

The book will contain images, prose, poetry, anecdotes and meanderings, here's an example:

Design

City Edition Studios are working with me to design the book - expect it to be an interesting publication.  They have done some great work with other artists and are based at Spike Island in Bristol.

 

Thanks to Carol Laidler for her lovely Purton narration and Holly Black for torturing, I mean filming, me. And Chris Rennie for taking professional pics for the prints.

SEE MORE DRAWINGS ON MY WEBSITE

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A lovely A5 (ish) postcard of one of The Old Severn Bridge drawings - Aust or Beachley – choose which one at checkout. Posted to you*, or to an elected recipient address. Makes a perfect bookmark for the book! *UK postal rates applied - email to get quote for international postage

£12 or more

£12 Reward

A4 inkjet photo print of The Old Severn Bridge, on archive quality paper. Aust or Beachley – choose which at checkout. Or order one of each, to follow the spirit of both sides of the river. Unframed – price includes post & packaging*. Pledge now to get yours just in time for Christmas! *UK postal rates applied - email to get quote for international postage

£16 or more

£16 Reward

A6 (landscape fold) Christmas Cards & envelopes, mixed pack of 6 x 2 designs, price includes post & packaging*. Cards feature two different River Severn seasonal scenes – see images. Pledge now to get yours just in time for Christmas! *UK postal rates applied - email to get quote for international postage

£22 or more

14 of 500 claimed

£22 Reward

Pre-order the publication, will include at least 12 of the river panoramic images and an eclectic mix of writing all about those locations. Prose, poetry, anecdotes and whimsical stories all about the river. Estimated size A4 landscape, 30-60 pages, bound. Price includes post & packaging*. RRP for the book will be £25 Note: book launch anticipated to be in Spring 2018 *UK postal rates applied - email to get quote for international postage

£42 or more

3 of 100 claimed

£42 Reward

30% off usual wall price for this size print and price includes post & packaging*. The Old Severn Bridge, Aust or Beachley – choose which at checkout. Unframed, signed and titled in pencil. Giclee print - limited edition of 50, printed on Redcliffe Watercolour paper, with a border, sized to fit 400 x 300 frame. Pledge now to get yours just in time for Christmas! *UK postal rates applied - email to get quote for international postage

£65 or more

1 of 200 claimed

£65 Reward

30% off this full-size print (98cm x 19cm, supplied with a 75mm border). Choose which side of bridge at checkout. Signed and titled in pencil. Giclee printed on Redcliffe Watercolour. Unframed. Price includes post & packaging – see other rewards ffi. Note: that 50 of edition of 100, for each design, are reserved for single sales and 50 for the special offer of buying both. Pledge now to get yours just in time for Christmas!

£120 or more

1 of 200 claimed

£120 Reward

Both Sides! 30% off these full-size prints PLUS save another £10 by pledging to buy both of the Giclee full-size prints - The Old Severn Bridge, Aust AND Beachley. Giclee print on Redcliffe Watercolour. Unframed. Price includes post & packaging – see other rewards ffi. Note: that 50 of edition of 100, for each design, are reserved for single sales and 50 for this special offer of buying both. Pledge now to get yours just in time for Christmas!


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