Exchange by Chris Drury & Kay Syrad (limited edition)
The special edition of this unique collaboration between the artist Chris Drury, the poet-novelist Kay Syrad and four Dorset farmers moving towards a more sustainable future.
Authors: Kay Syrad
Artwork: Chris Drury
Published September 2015
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In recent years, several family-run farms in the downlands of west Dorset have switched to organic farming, each for different reasons. Food is fundamental to life and the way we produce it is the most pressing issue of our times – so why has this small group of farmers in a rural community in Sydling St Nicholas and Godmanstone chosen to so radically alter their approach to working the land? What does it mean for these communities, and for the rest of us whose lives depend on farmed landscapes?
In 2013 the artist Chris Drury and the poet-novelist Kay Syrad were invited by the charity Cape Farewell to work alongside these Dorset farmers. The result of this two year collaboration is Exchange, a hand-made book and bound in cow-hide. Containing the farmers’ stories, the book itself is also connected directly and materially to the land, with images of wild plants that was monoprinted on paper which was buried in Dorset ground for nearly a year.
Combining Drury’s artwork, and Syrad’s prose and poetry, it is a sensitive, authentic portrait of a group of men and women whose life and livelihoods are shaped by the land, and a rich exploration of their work, their soil and the sustainability of their approach to agriculture. With its focus on a particular landscape , the book reveals the creativity and resilience of organic farming, and shows us how we need to understand and value the complexities of food production, and our relationship with the land.
This edition is a smaller, limited version of the original book. Limited to just 60 copies signed by the authors and presented with a small, unique artwork by Chris Drury, Exchange is priced at £75, including UK delivery. With coloured endpapers , 150mm by 225mm, printed on 150gsm Munken paper.
|Dimensions||18 x 155 x 233 mm|