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This work is a collaboration with poet Beth Feldman Brandt who was inspired by The Herbal: or General history of plants”(1633) by John Gerard, that she studied in the Rare Book Collection of the Lendhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Many of the plants attributes were defined by the four humors, which included the four elements, four ages of men, and the seasons. Owen made four paintings that embodied these notions, and used these images in the book.
The typefaces are Perpetua Roman for the text and Perpetua Titling for headings. The paper is Mohawk superfine cream. The binding uses a cloth covered chemise to hold a soft cover sewn case that is hinged with cloth covered spine strips. The cover paper is embossed, as are the chapter headings. Three copies produced, each signed by Owen and Fedman. One copy available for sale. $600.00
Latest NewsNew Project and Exhibit!
Bartram’s Boxes Remix project of the Center for Art in Wood and Bartram Gardens
A collaborative with poet Beth Feldman Brant in which I constructed 3 boxes that contain artifacts from trees, handmade books with Brandt’s poems and scrolls. The images and poems explore three themes of Journeys, Helpmeets, and Storms.
Exhibit opens: May 2 and continues to July 19th
Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd St Philadelphia, PA 19106