About this piece:
Remnants brings the world of four women naturalists to life, and re-frames their stories in a more personal context. The women Maria Sybilla Merian, Clara Cummings, Mary Anning, Marianne North are all inspirational figures in the history of feminine naturalists paving the way for future scientists and naturalists. The specimens and remnants included in this book and box set document the world these women wandered and wondered in. They offer a tangible and personal connection to the the discoveries and observations these women made. Remnants is a quest to find a new perspective by viewing nature through their lens, and to better understand their world by examining our own. Written, designed and printed by Rhiannon Alpers. Letterpress printed with polymer plates on Moab Entrada Rag 300 paper, with digitally printed original macro photography and folios interleaved with Hahnemühle Bugra paper.
Macro photography of specimens done by artist. Actual specimens in the box set vary slightly but are extremely closely related across the series in scale and are the same specimen genius and species throughout.
handmade paper, ultra suede, elephant hide, japanese silk, milk-painted and waxed wooden covers, vellum straps, miniature upholstery tacks, Hahnemühle Bugra, Moab Entrada Rag paper
Rhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. Rhiannon’s artwork is heavily tied to natural themes, and the untenanted remnants of plant and animal life. Many of her pieces are entrenched in the history and visual sensibility of cabinets of curiosities. She has exhibited her work nationally and works under the press name Gazelle and Goat in San Francisco, California.