Wildflower Identification is a limited edition book work created from original texts, photographs and plant material from Ruth Wheeler’s archive. Envelopes created by using Hedi Kyle’s Blizzard book binding style hold 2.5 x 3 inch cards, photographs or laminated specimens. The cards are hand-written notes for activities designed to teach small groups about flowers and their identification. The photographs, taken in 1948 by Ruth Wheeler, are of young women participating in these activities. Also included in each copy is a selection from Reed’s book. The selection and specimens vary from copy to copy, making this a variable edition.
Materials Batik paper, photographs, Arches text wove and 10 pt bristol with surface applied pigment and laser printing, metal foil, laminated seed and flower specimens, Nepalese Lokta paper, vegetable tanned goat. Box is book board, paperbacked book cloth, paper, paper and foil label
Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Her work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. Alicia is also owner/director at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver. The gallery, located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, has an ongoing commitment to and focus on book arts and works on paper.