Hannah Davis is launching her project to create an illustrated guide to Oxford cafés working with 34 artists – Paint Pots and Coffee Cups: An Illustrated Guide. It’s a beautiful book almost ready to roll after a couple of years work. Hannah presented the idea at a missional entrepreneurship week on the pioneer course. And we love it when people go away and work up those ideas to make them real. Hannah is nearly there. The funding model to help her over the line is kickstarter funding which has a range of options whereby you can pay a range of prices to either donate or pre-order a book to help create enough money to print them. Hannah has worked in publishing and is an illustrator herself. The book is being published via her own likeness press – have a look round the site to find out more info and see links to the artists involved. She says this about it
The book will be good-looking, imaginative and practical, used to guide the local and the tourist around Oxford’s cafés and arts scene. Local artists have illuminated the cafés with their work created during and/or after a visit to that café. The aim is to break open the art world for the artists (especially those uncomfortable with the ‘artist’ label), as well as for the public. Our goal is for people to feel a freedom and desire to do more drawing and spending time in cafés, and to enjoy the rich experience of collaboration and community found in cafés and creativity.
What I particularly love about this is the way it builds community and creates a platform for artists to share their work – i.e. it’s more than a book. I am heading over to pre-order and help kickstart it. It would be great if as many of as possible can do so to help make this land – the plan is to publish in May 2016 i.e. soon. Nearly there!