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artists' books; flower (plant material); eroticism; seed components


16 unnumbered pages : illustrations. Artist's book written, designed and created by Catherine Michaelis. Limited edition of 40 copies, signed "Catherine Alice" by the artist. "Enter the sensual Erotica Botanica through an unfolding caress of its leaf shaped pages. Delicate flowers with enticing organs float up from the folds above a bed of leaves and seed pods. Erotic verse, written by flowers and pollinators, inspires the viewer to contemplate the sexual desire of plants."--May Day Press blog, viewed 12/6/10. The deluxe edition ... has a ... wrapper with supporting top and bottom flaps and five pop-ups, (one delicately concealed in the top flap) ... There are two blue flaps inside that hold the book in at the top and bottom ... All the imagery for the book was printed from stencils I designed and cut. Except [one] flower which Billy [Michaelis's husband] made. I think this is the only stencil that was cut once. All the other stencils for the book were cut at least twice, and some (including the leaf pages) three times! There are four different flowers and they pop-up from the folds."--Vamp & Tramp website. "Hand-set type, letterpress printed over relief-printed stencils on Domestic Etching. Folded accordion style and pamphlet stitched. Enclosed in a wrapper."--Vamp & Tramp Booksellers website. Hand-cut leaves and flowers letterpress printed. The pages are 17 x 66 cm, folded to 17 x 11 cm and placed in a 4-flap paper wrapper. Four different flower pop-ups emerge from the folds of the pages, and a butterfly pop-up from the wrapper. Images are pressure prints. Library has copy no. 21.

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[Shelton, Washington] : May Day Press, 2009


©[Shelton, Washington] : May Day Press, ©2010

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pop-up books; letterpress printing; relief printing processes; paper


17 cm

Erotica Botanica



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