What happens when you mix ancient Egyptian art, Medieval illumination, metalsmithing, digital animation, and jazz?
A musical, illuminated manuscript in motion
Giving Voice is the winner of the 2019 IPPY for best ebook design (Bronze), the 2020 e-Literature Award for best multi-media book (Silver), and a 2020 finalist of the National Indie Excellence Award for best interior book design.
Giving Voice’s original story, calligraphy, paintings, and soundtrack converge to explore how the dots of our lives connect and how the small kindnesses we show each other can literally change the course of someone’s life.
I created this art book in both print and Apple Book editions to bring forth a new kind of book, something that has never been done before, in order to share with the world how our gifts can make a difference to each other.
Your purchase of Giving Voice makes a difference for children in need.
10% of the multi-touch and print editions’ net sales
are donated to March of Dimes and the Hearing Health Foundation.
Giving Voice, animated Apple Book edition by Victoria Lansford is an interactive ebook about the connections we form and how they can dramatically change our paths. This edition features stunning animations by Steve Walker set to elegant jazz by Roddy Noll, and the story, illuminated artwork, hand lettering, metalwork, and audio narration by Victoria. Introduction by multi-best-selling author and artist, Nick Bantock.
Watch Giving Voice in Action
Giving Voice is a multi-touch, interactive art book about the connections we form and how they can dramatically change our paths. The narrative traces the story of how the childhood gift of a board game came to ignite the author’s passion for ancient Egypt and send her on a truly different life journey as an artist, a journey that required tenacity, courage, and creativity.
The book’s unique and original artwork encompasses mixed media and gilded paintings with hand lettered calligraphy. The cover was created in the ancient technique of Eastern repousse combined with the Japanese technique of mokume gane. In this multi-touch Apple Book edition, the artwork comes alive with stunningly vibrant animations by Steve Walker set to elegant, rhythmic jazz piano by Roddy Noll, and a stop animation of the cover’s three-year progress from flat sheet to dimensional sculpture. The painstakingly hand-lettered pages expand to allow the viewer to explore the artwork in exceptional detail, and Victoria narrates the calligraphic texts on each page to create a truly one-of-a-kind experiential book.
Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.
The multi-touch edition of Givng Voice is sold exclusively on Apple Books. There is no Android version. If Kindle becomes able to support books with multiple videos, audio tracks, and expanding images, Spiral Publications will consider creating a Kindle version. There will be no PDF version for sale.
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Reviews for Giving Voice on Apple Books
The Michael Bublé of Teachers
Geraldine Brophy, Metalsmith
A self-contained, big city, symphony orchestra
Alfred K. Butler, Horologist
Praise for Giving Voice: “Remarkable Work”
I love Giving Voice. This remarkable, inspiring and unique book is a magical journey unlike any other and is beautifully done. Rich colors and patterns metamorphise into stunnning images created by reknown artist Victoria Lansford. Her words dance and flow across the pages filled with insightful thoughts and expressions. The music is contemplative, sophistocated and lovely. I would highly recommend this book as a gift to others or for one’s self.
RogueJoan via Apple Books
Praise for Giving Voice: “Amazing”
Giving Voice is what ‘multimedia’ is supposed to be! Visual art, music, and spoken word brought together in a complementary manner. Whether you're checking out a few pages to get a quick pick-me-up of pen, ink, and piano, or parking yourself in one spot to lose yourself in the gestalt, or doing something in between, you’ll find something new inside to keep coming back to.
Anonymous via Apple Books
“It’s beyond beautiful…”
No painting, song, or sculpture had ever moved me like your art did. It's beyond beautiful, I cannot describe my feelings. Each piece is so organic, they look alive. Each one left me with different feelings, mostly: wonder, amazement, happiness, and curiosity. Some even a soft anger or loss. But each one left me emotionally rolled. You're work is....life changing. I've finally heard the thundering beacon of what I want for my future. And that is to someday be as an amazing of an artist as you.
I thank you so much for what you do.