Editioned Artist Books
The artist book and specimen enclosure of Remnants brings the world of four women naturalists to life, and re-frames their stories in a more personal context. The four women explored and honored in this artist book are Maria Sibylla Merian, Mary Anning, Clara E. Cummings and Marianne North. The natural found and collected specimens included and documented in the box inset piece open the door into the world these women wandered and wondered in.
The narrative of this book centers around their lives and the fascinations that fueled their passions and imaginations. Remnants also offers a tangible and personal connection to the discoveries and observations these women made, scientifically and in strides for all women interested in the field of science. Remnants is a quest to find a new perspective on the accomplishments of early female naturalists not recognized by society, by viewing nature through their lens, in order to better understand their world by examining our own. Each signature entails a personal look into an individual woman’s life passions as well as a biographical chart of her accomplishments. Photographs accompany the narrative to create a unique relationship between specimen and naturalist, inviting the viewer to make connections between the two. READ MORE AND PURCHASE
LAC LUNAE, 2016
Artist book collaboration between Rhiannon Alpers and Penelope Anstruther in 2016. The artist book is in an edition of two, mono-printed on the letterpress. Poem written by Penelope Anstruther. Each spread has a unique monoprint surface referencing nebulae like surfaces. The type is hand lettering which has been letterpress printed and the binding is a flush mounted style board book with slate stone covers. The fore edge was handpainted and contains pared leather inserts in between to refer to the sedimentary layers discussed in the book itself. READ MORE OR PURCHASE
A THOUSAND STARLINGS, 2017
This limited edition book was created in an edition of thirty signed and numbered copies with artist’s proofs. Written, illustrated, and printed by Rhiannon Alpers. Letterpress printed with photopolymer plates and monotype, with an under layer of hand painted stars beneath, on Somerset Velvet Black. The endsheets are Fabriano Tiziano Anthracite and bound in Asahi Grey Crepe bookcloth. Foil stamped birds and title, this false accordion is masquerading in a Secret Belgian binding with Italian film yarn.
The book explores an imagined journey, being carried through the comfort of one’s dreams. A journey guided by a murmuration of a thousand starlings, undulating and wisping through the evening sky, their soft voices calming and cooing as they head into the unknown. Murmurations themselves have an astonishing and dreamlike effect. Their immense rhythm and flow symbolizes the thin line between the dream and day. READ MORE OR PURCHASE
SPECIMEN SERIES, ONE OF A KIND 2014-PRESENT
Specimen Series (20 varied edition books)Much of my artistic process involves creating an environment for found and constructed curiosities, as a means of comprehending them and finding connections between them. The structural and aesthetic construction of chrysalises, wasp and bird nests are a primary source of inspiration and inclusion in the Specimen Series and Metamorphosis Series Books. They seek to illuminate the beauty of remnants in the natural process of creation, transformation, and decay through the lens of scientific and naturalist documentation. Intricate boxmaking is one aspect of the aesthetic to “house” and protect these created environments. The finished artist books often incorporate components of handmade paper from exotic fibers such as raw coconut, milkweed, artichoke, and bird of paradise, as well as other natural materials such as cork, mica, sinew, and suede.