Michael Sharp – Book of Leaves


c. 2013

edition of 13

dimensions 7.25 x 6 x 0.75, opens to 7.25 x 20


This little book comprises a collection of foliage taken from the diverse population of trees at the Utah State Arboretum at Red Butte Gardens. Each leaf was individually picked by hand as a representation of the species and its unique characteristics. Pressed and dried, each leaf was then contact printed using the Cyanotype photographic process. The text and titling are set in 8 and 10 pt. Bernhard Gothic with ornamental capital letters and printed on a Golding Official no. 2 letterpress.

Michael Sharp is a Book Artist, Letterpress Printer and Photographer currently living and working in Utah. Sharp emphasizes the unique qualities of photographic process and light while engaging with the changing landscape of nature and our human identity. Sharp has studied the Book Arts formally at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC and has worked as an artist assistant for Sarvisberry Studios. He is currently an MFA Candidate at Brigham Young University in Utah.

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Michael Sharp – Book of Leaves

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