Bedrock : The Publication

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Raised by 25 people in 9 months
Faileas Literary House presents Bedrock: A Delicate Exchange by Hannah Boyle and Caitlin McKenzie, illustrated by Keri Johnson.

Womanhood is complex. It is intimate and delicate. It is vulgar. It is indispensable.

Bedrock: A Delicate Exchange involves three women coming together to form a collaborative relationship that is unfound in literary platforms. Through a transparent discussion dawning from femininity, we aim to curate a collection of organic responses to mental health.

This is a project that emerged from a dear friendship. Two women were encountering the crippling vulnerability and isolation that comes with mental illness, specifically mid-diagnosis. The expectation of strength beyond means provoking a fatigue that is ever present and prohibitive.

Through this, Caitlin Helinski and Hannah Boyle found great similarities in their daily struggles. This prompted them to seek out a platform to manage their fluctuation between constant anxiety, mania and chronic depressive states.

Our primary focus through this all-female led project is to create a space of equality, where each artist can organically grow. We invited Keri Johnson, a local illustrator from Barrie, to join our project and open up our writings with beautiful illustrations.

On this day we ask of you to assist us in raising funds to publish our anthology; in a culture where art is suppressed by superiors day in and day out, publications that represent 'the taboo' are fundamental.

Our goals:

-This publication will be a conversation through poetry and illustration pre, post, and mid diagnosis.

-We will be a part of an important conversation about mental health from the midst of it.

-We will ground ourselves in womenhood, creating an intimate, all female led project.

-We will support and lift up the voices of local writers and artists.

We believe that the female voice in art is vital, and want this to be our first step. In discovering how we ourselves want to present our art, we hope to pave the way for other women in Barrie and the surrounding areas to do the same. In supporting our first publication,  you're enabling us to:

-Print and distribute the first publication under the umbrella of Faileas Literary House. Our aim is to publish by August 2018.

-Support our launch event.

-Contribute to future publications of local artists work.

We want to thank you for your donations by offering some benefits:

$25 Donation :
Free Copy of Bedrock : A Delicate Exchange

$30 Donation :
Free copy of Bedrock : A Delicate Exchange
& a commissioned poem

$40 Donation :
Free copy of Bedrock : A Delicate Exchange
& a copy of the 2nd edition of The Northern Appeal

$65 Donation :
Free copy of Bedrock : A Delicate Exchange,
 a commissioned poem, & a print by Keri Johnson

$100 Donation :
Free copy of Bedrock : A Delicate Exchange
 & an original piece by Keri Johnson

Every donation moves us closer to establishing our role. Help us provide a platform for the unfound. Thank you.
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And we made it.

Caitlin, Keri and I are overwhelmed with the rapid response to our project. We are utterly moved by the kindness of our family, peers and acquaintances.

To everyone who has donated: sincerely, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Although we have reached our initial goal of $1,000, we feel it is right to leave our campaign active. There are still rewards left to be claimed, and any further donations are a bonus and will allow us to print at a larger volume.

Bless you all.
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We cannot begin to thank everyone who has contributed. You are opening doorways and making this dream a reality.

Despite being two separate poets, we find that through collaboration we shine. With most of the pieces, we begin by working from a prompt; we each retire and get to work on creating a piece of art from our own perspective. This allows us to perform a discussion, compare and contrast the various ways our illnesses affect us similarly and differently.

To thank you, we are showing some early excerpts from the publication: 'Catalogue of Symptoms' by Caitlin Mckenzie and 'Catalogue, Or the Aftermath of Atrocity' by Hannah Boyle.
Fig I. Sample draft
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Wow. To everyone who has donated thus far: we can never thank you enough.

We cannot believe this is becoming a reality. We are so blessed to have the local support of all of you.

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