One year, two books, four films, a collaborative exhibition, 11 blog posts, 582 tweets and a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged us to keep going! At the beginning of August 2020, Chroma Editions tentatively edged out into the long plastic hallway of publishing. To celebrate and mark the fact we are somehow still here, we have produced our first foray into sound – a special limited edition of x20 7″ singles available exclusively on heavyweight vinyl. In keeping with our ethos of Lo-Tech, the two tracks ‘L’Etranger & Amour Fou‘ were put together during lockdown using just the Garageband app with an iPad. L’Etranger is a tribute to the seminal work by Albert Camus and features spoken word by Louise Smith. Both tracks were devised by the unknown superstar DJ Jobby Plectrum, a reclusive sometime musician, author, photographer and filmmaker, (whose real initials are actually: DB…)
Copies are priced at: £15.00 (incl P&P), please send payments to: paypal.me/chromaeditions or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Back in September 2020, trying to publish our first book ‘Boundary Songs’ in the midst of a pandemic, while up against a backlog of publishing heavyweights certainly proved to be a formidable challenge! Amidst a climate of uncertainty, brick walls and smatterings of indifference appeared to be the daily norm. However, we constantly re-grouped and persevered and soon became extremely grateful to Sam Read Bookseller, Grasmere, Cumbria for their support and for offering us a much-needed way to sell our new title (and to the author Philip Hoare who provided such a wonderful quote, including the tagline – ‘post-punk-folk-romanticism’ that we duly placed on the front cover). Without both of them we wouldn’t be here, simple as that….It just goes to show what can be achieved when someone is prepared to get behind your work and help promote it. For a tiny press like ours, the Sam Read’s and Philip Hoare’s of this world are national treasures!
One of the many successes of the subsequent ‘Boundary Songs exhibition’ held at the excellent Cross Lane Projects gallery, Kendal, Cumbria in October 2020 was an opportunity to meet and engage with like-minded artists. This quickly led to the genesis for our second title, ‘From Tarmac to Towpath: Excursions into Lockdown’ published at the end of May 2021. Which featured a collection of stunning works from 13 artists across the length and breadth of the UK. With all royalties going to designated local food banks. Films and music produced under lockdown accompanied the project and feature alongside other content on our Chroma Editions YouTube Channel.
And finally…some MEGA NEWS!! Our next title scheduled for late Autumn 2021 will be a hardback compilation of the near legendary Post-Nearly Press conversations series. With all original copies (even damages and rejects) of the unique stapled books now long sold out, a new compilation is planned which will feature the five editions to date (with Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit, Andrew Kötting, Alan Moore and Stewart Lee), along with unseen artwork, an introduction, foreword and some extras. We are very excited to be working on this amazing series! So that’s a little taster of our inaugural year – thanks again for your support and remember to stay tuned for more details about all of our future projects…