Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Feels Like Velvet, Feels Like Rain

INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!
I want to make a gorgeous limited edition full colour book of Polaroids and Poetry, inspired by the Finnish Forest. Could you help me to make it happen?!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/feels-like-velvet-feels-like-rain-photobook/x/8588377
Hi!
I’m Martha Jurksaitis (aka Cherry Kino!), an English analogue photographer and filmmaker, and in April and August 2013 I went to Finland on an artist residency in the Finnish forest. It used to be a school, and my bedroom was an old classroom! While I was there, I became completely obsessed with exploring the place and the surprisingly raw and passionate feelings it gave rise to inside me, and I did this through taking hundreds of polaroids and writing poetry. After a year of fine-tuning and preparation, and some amazing help from my friend and Production Assistant Paisley Boyd, my project is now ready to take the form of a luscious, 160 page, lithographic full colour artist's book, from me, to you!



Snow Shed
Woodshed
I have taken over 130 polaroid images and written 14 poems in this wondrous place, and I really want to share them with you! Finland at the turn of spring is a total wonderland - the thick ice falling suddenly from the roof with a crash, the heavy, deep snow that is there one day and has virtually disappeared the next, as spring makes its intense, rapid entrance and flowers and butterflies suddenly appear. 



Moth
Moth
The lake was still frozen solid in April (there were a few scary moments when I heard some cracks while I was standing on it taking photographs!), and I saw fresh elk tracks in the snow, but in August it became a luscious lagoon for boat-rowing and swimming amongst the reeds. 



Lady in the Lake
Lady in the Lake



Boat
Vessel
I used a variety of instant film, including expired large format (4x5) Polaroid film that I shot using a wooden pinhole camera. Developing these large images involved holding the precious image against my skin to warm it for 90 seconds or more, in the freezing Finnish weather, before peeling it open to reveal what the forest wanted to reveal, in an array of colours from pink to red, to blue and yellow. I also used a lot of 'Impossible Project' instant film stock, both black and white and colour, and spent many many hours knee deep in snow in wild forests. 



Rose Forest
Rose Forest
I am in some of the photographs myself, sometimes naked (I used a camera with a timer for these). It felt very instinctive to do that while I was there, even though I nearly froze! My poems are also extremely personal and exposed - in fact, some are so revealing that I thought twice about including them, but if you can’t be courageous with your art, all is lost :) 



From Behind
Flesh and Bone



Thighs and Sahti
Thighs and Sahti
As well as images of people and place, nature and patterns, there are also some playful experiments, such as berries I picked which I physically mashed onto a milky polaroid, and even a rayogram - I laid translucent freshly picked red berries on the film and flashed it with a hand torch to expose it. The poetry is in both English and Finnish translation - brilliantly translated by Kirsi Kujala - so you can marvel at the mesmerising Finnish language. I warmly invite you to share this experience with me! 
But to make this book a reality, I need your help! All the creative work has been done, and now I need to pay for the printing of the book itself. The money raised will be used 100% for printing and publishing the book to the highest standard possible, with lithographic printing. Only approximately 200 copies will ever be made so the book you receive will be numbered, and a very limited edition indeed!
Thank you SO much for supporting my project! I really can't wait to share this book with you!
With lots of love and gratitude, 
x Martha (Cherry Kino)   
Check out a few more images below...



Pinhole Shed
Blue Mist



Antelope
Antelope



Night Walk
Night Walk



Gretel
Gretel



Light Travel
Light Travel



Tree Burst
Tree Burst
Little Pink Riding Hood Part 1


Little Pink Riding Hood Part 1

2 comments:

  1. Hi, Martha (or Cherry, as you prefer). I'm Facebook friends with Katie Brown, and she recently shared your Kickstarter project. Your photographs are amazing, and I'm looking forward to watching your films. I'll be contributing to the project soon and wish you all the best finishing this project.

    I'm not a filmmaker, but I love 8 mm film and Polaroids. I wrote poetry and music as well, and I'm quite interested to see how you blend film and music.

    Take care...and thanks so much for sharing your art.

    -Robert

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    1. Thank you so much Robert! Your vimeo comments and facebook invite are also appreciated, so nice of you!

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