Evergreen by Jill Bergman
Edition of 5,11.75 x 7.25 x 4.25 inches
This book has samples of needles and bark, images, statistics, and a few lines of poetry for each of seven different Colorado evergreen trees. The prints are hand colored solarplate etchings framed with brass strips. The tree samples are covered with mylar and held in place with stained wood. The pages are made of 5 stained pine boards sewn onto leather straps with linen thread.
The Spirit Books by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
The Spirit Books bring together my love of the book and my response to the natural world that we see and the invisible one that lies behind it. I find evidence of that deeper world not in wide vistas and scenes but in small objects that I gather. While I enjoy the expanse of the horizon as I walk along the beach, I am drawn to the scattered piles of shells and driftwood I see on the sand. As I walk down the street on a glorious fall day, I find myself looking down at the fallen stems of the chestnut rather than up at the blazing orange maples. It is in the subtle shifts of browns and grays that I find beauty and resonance.
I feel a deep connection to older powers as I gather twigs, branches, vines, and roots. Using them to cradle books, I link them to the longstanding tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. Each page is a meditation that echoes nature with both repetition and variety. “Reading” the book is meant to be a contemplative experience that takes the reader out of the everyday world and into a state of gratitude and reverence.