Rebecca Chamlee – Where Stucco Meets Chaparral


© 2015
edition of 70
dimensions in inches: 9 x 6 x 1


About this piece:

Where Stucco meets Chaparral explores the trails though the sandstone formations, chaparral and oak woodlands that surround my home in an arid inland valley in Southern California. It is a printed herbarium of local California native plants with stories of local and natural history and personal observation gathered during many years of daily walks. Detailed images of seven indigenous plants are letterpress printed in multiple colors in tight registration through their seasonal life cycles that contrast hand-carved representations of the environmental context where they prevail.

The book is entirely letterpress printed using handset California Old Style and Kennerly and wood types, hand carved Gomuban relief plates and photopolymer plates. Each signature consists of a folio of lightweight colored abaca wrapped around a Somerset text wove folio with a quarto-folded sheet of kozo forming the center spread. The handmade abaca has a distinctive rattle similar to the sound of walking on dry fallen leaves in colors that recall the landscape. The cotton sheet provides a contrast in texture and the excellent printing capability required for the detailed images of the specimens. On the quarto-folded center folio, mountain background images are printed verso and the foreground recto on translucent kozo to attain dimension and depth in the landscape images. The binding is longstitched sewn with hand-dyed linen thread through a cover of heavy, rough Twinrocker abaca. The spine is The spine is reinforced with a folded piece of green goat vellum.

paper, thread, bone button

About the artist:
resides in Simi Valley, California, United States
Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, graphic designer, 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.

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Rebecca Chamlee – Where Stucco Meets Chaparral

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