As a self-taught naturalist, my work examines the intersection of my artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. I am inspired to record, interpret and celebrate nature.
At Low Water looks back to the beginnings of my passion for exploration and observation of native species to a time when I collected sea animals gathered at low tide to bring home and live in an aquarium in my girlhood bedroom.
The specimen images, created using photopolymer plates made by Boxcar Press, habitat spreads and handset Deepdene type were letterpress printed on thick Awagami Kozo with Niyodo Kozo overlays using a Vandercook Universal III abp Press.
The book is a drum leaf sewn-board binding, its unique gloved spine is goat vellum with printed St-Armand Old Master paper covering the boards.
The deluxe edition includes Common Objects of the Seashore, a suite of eight prints in a handmade Cave paper chemise, and a cowrie shell enclosed in a hinged box. As a self-taught naturalist, my work examines the intersection of my artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. I am inspired to record, interpret and celebrate nature.
paper, book cloth, ink, pva, goat vellum
About the artist:
Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, printer, writer and bookbinder and has published innovatively designed, letterpress printed, hand-bound limited-edition fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely. Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art & Design where she teaches book arts classes. She also holds workshops at her studio and book arts centers.