The Mark: PREORDER
PREORDER Limited edition artists Zine to fundraise for Creswell Crags.
Edited & Illustrated by NELL LATIMER
A collection of writings, poetry, personal recollections by those inspired by Creswell Crags. This 24-page zine features work inspired by the crags and the surrounding landscape in the form of poetry, creative writing, historical exploration, drawing and printmaking.
The Crags have inspired creativity, art, magic and study of ancestors in various different ways through the ages. From acts exorcising caves, and purifying rock to creating lines of transmission in the landscape - contributors explore an interest in the recently rediscovered and redefined apotropaic marks there; the significance of found ritual objects and the strong evidence of inhabitants to the crags in the past being artists themselves through the decoration of animal bones and adornment of cave walls.
All proceeds from this limited edition zine will be donated to Creswell Crags which was already facing a huge financial challenge in 2020. Closure as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, with unprecedented weeks ahead, now means its future hangs in the balance.
All proceeds will be donated towards Creswell Crags' Just Giving Fund: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportcreswellcrags
PLEASE NOTE THE ZINE WILL BE PUBLISHED IN JULY / AUGUST 2020.
THIS IS A PREORDER.
FURTHER ILLUSTRATIONS TO FOLLOW.
FOR MORE INFO ON CRESWELL CRAGS:
Creswell Crags is an enclosed limestone gorge on the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, England. The cliffs in the ravine contain several caves that were occupied during the last ice age, between around 43,000 and 10,000 years ago. Its caves contain the northernmost cave art in Europe. The site is open to the public and has a visitor centre with a small museum of objects associated with the caves, including a stuffed cave hyena. In more recent times, hundreds of protective marks, also known as Witches Marks, have been discovered at Creswell Crags. This is believed to be the largest collection ever found in the UK.
As a result of its unique features, Creswell Crags has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It has also been put forward as a potential World Heritage Site.