The idea of making a harvest of similar things the focus of an artist book put me in mind of a book by Mary Howe that I recently purchased at her show in Salem NY at the North Main Gallery. This diminutive but long accordion book called To Preserve Tomatoes spills forth one delicious tomato drawing after another. You can take a peek at this book and others by Mary Howe at http://bookzoompa.wordpress.com/category/book-artists/. As you scroll down the page, you'll enjoy meeting Salem book artist, Ed Hutchins, on the way. And when you have time, you can explore the entire Bookzommpa site, the blog another Salem area book artist, Paula Beardell Kerieg. Such terrific book artists!
Today our group met and delighted in Mary Howe's tomato book, and then set to work finding ways to turn harvests into books. Some left knowing they wanted to continue working on what they had begun and promised to bring further developments next time. I spent a lot of time trying to find the simple directions for making a paper box that I'd recently learned. In the end I printed out complicated origami directions from the internet. Debbie put them to good use in her book. So many folds. We were impressed. Dianne joined us and made her very first book ever, a book about features of her garden. We were impressed yet again. Karen and Karin went to town in great style with repeated shapes. I played briefly with my dream book and avoided measurement obsession.