Making a Book About Natural Pigments

19 October 2022

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Digits & Threads is published by Nine Ten Publications, the company Kate and Kim formed together in 2020. Last spring we successfully crowdfunded the production and print run of our first major book, Sheep, Shepherd & Land, by Anna Hunter, which is forthcoming in March, 2023. And today we have launched the campaign to fund the production and print run of our next book, tentatively titled Gathering Colour: Foraging Magic and Making Art from the World Around You, by Caitlin ffrench.

Caitlin is a frequent D&T contributor and Studio Hours guest and we are thrilled to be working with her on this book. She is an artist focused on wildcrafting with natural pigments, and her book will teach you how to respectfully forage for and harvest pigments wherever you live, and it will include about fifteen projects and a chapter on how to let yourself play as you explore your creativity.

Embarking on print publishing in Canada as a new company is a challenge, and not only because printing is wildly expensive—around 25% more expensive than it was when we launched our last campaign! There are very few supports or resources for publishing startups here, so we’re building our books division in community with our readers. Which is, to be honest, exactly how we want to do our work.

Caitlin has some amazing rewards on offer to support the campaign, and of course we’re offering books and signed books—they’re expected to ship at the end of 2023, and we’ll keep our backers updated on our progress (and setbacks) throughout the book’s production.

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