About this piece:
Inspired by four women naturalists of the 1900’s, this eco-printed swing panel accordion binding was produced with the support of San Francisco Center for the Book Imprint Project through a residency in 2019. The book features an eco-printed cover and letterpress printed 2-sided interior. The swing panel accordion binding is laser cut on each main panel and allows the book to move within the frame of the book, like a pop-up. The artwork on the backside is letterpress printed in 6 colors, the front side is printing in 1 color.
The four women featured in the narrative are: Eleanor Anne Orme, Olga Fedchenko, Clara Eaton Cummings, and Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey. The front side of the swing-panel accordion gives a brief poetic biography of the women and their field of expertise. The back panels of each woman’s biography is a layered letterpress print with silhouette imagery of the species the women researched and published work relating to.
paper, ink, board
About the artist(s):
Lives and works in Denver, Colorado, United States
Rhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. She has exhibited internationally, and her edition and one-of-a-kind artist books are produced under the Gazelle and Goat Press imprint.