Mary Wells – Spiders


© 2010
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 5.25 x 9.25 x 1



While making a model of the spider structure, I thought it would be an ideal form to do a book about spiders. I began a search for a quote or poem that I thought would fit this structure nicely. I wanted to include a special effect on the center page, which led to designing a pop-up spider. Once I found the desired poem, I worked on the layout and design of the calligraphy necessary, and having the special effect in the center. To introduce the book’s content, I used gold leaf for the illustration. I added two embossed spiders, one on the cover and one on the end page as an additional salute to spiders.

The poem used for this book is from The Flying Spider by Jonathan Edwards


paper, ink, gold leaf, spray webbing

About the artist:

Lives in Ogden, Utah, United States

Mary Wells grew up in Kansas City, MO. Upon graduation from college, she moved to Denver, Colorado to launch her forty plus years as a classroom and art educator teaching in Colorado and Utah. Upon retirement from the classroom she worked as an artist-in-residence for the Utah Arts and Museums, was the Utah workshop consultant for Crayola, Inc, and volunteered for the Treasure Chest of Rare Books program with the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. Currently Mary is designing and creating one-of-a-kind books for exhibitions along the Wasatch front in Utah.

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Mary Wells – Spiders

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