Creative Carolann will winter in cabin

A TODMORDEN artist is relaunching a limited edition of a poster - before heading off to a log cabin in the Calder Valley woods for six months to work on novels, poems and paintings.

Thursday, 10th November 2011, 3:05 pm

Carolann Trustlove-Smith, of Todmorden, will have to commute to the town for her regular work while commuting each day from the Cragg Vale cabin.

It is pretty much off the beaten track, making daily life a challenge through the winter months but providing a good creative environment.

Before heading for the hills for a while - and next year she will also be spending a spell in Iceland - she has relaunched her Todmorden Town poster which she produced with her partner Richard Burridge and artist Jeremy Burgoyne.

The initial run of 50, produced back in 2003, is long sold out and the reissue, available from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre, or on Fridays from Jeremy at the Platform One gallery, Todmorden, at £4.99

Carolann provided the words, inspired by Richard who has personalised each piece with ribbon, and Jeremy undertook the calligraphy and art work, which features images of the John Fielden statue, Todmorden Town Hall, Stoodley Pike and Dawson Weir, and the new edition is also a run, a final one, of 100.

Half of Carolann’s share of the proceeds will be donated to Age Concern Todmorden, she said.

The idea to reprint the poster was given her by Todmorden Library assitant Gillian Cottam, who retired earlier this year, who had liked the work.

Carolann spent six months researching the town’s history before producing the poem which is featured on the posters.

“Now we have relaunched it, I am going to live in the log cabin at Cragg Vale for six months and I’m going to be working on poetry, novels and paintings, all while I am still working at my regular job,” she said.

“I will also be spending a spell in Iceland - I am eight chapters into one of my books, Kindred Spirit, which is set in the country.”

There will also be the chance to see some of Carolann’s paintings, for one evening only, tomorrow, Friday November 11, at Cheeky Sew And Sews, Rochdale Road, Todmorden, from 6.30pm to 8pm.