David Esslemont

Florilegium Solmentes

A portfolio of twenty-four unique ‘digital’ flowers created from ‘nature prints’ of leaves, from scanned petals and from other parts of plants found on the farm in northeast Iowa. Some flowers are wholly imaginary, others are loosely based on real specimens. The project evolved from nature printing experiments inspired by the writings and examples of some notable pioneers such as Luca Pacioli.

An accompanying book, The Making of Florilegium Solmentes, tells the story. It describes how the flowers were created using image-editing software and how the geometry of the flower led to some interesting diversions into the world of mathematics, optical illusions and pattern making. Included are eight original prints from leaves, (two with watercolour washes).

Edition details

Printed on 17 x 22 inch (432 x 559 mm) Somerset Enhanced paper with pigment inks. Each print is matted and mounted on conservation board. Presented with a title page and colophon page in two cloth-covered drop-back boxes together with The Making of Florilegium Solmentes: Nature prints & digital flowers.

Ten numbered sets.

$6000

Individual Prints

The flowers are also available as signed prints in editions of 300 copies in the same format, 17 x 22 inches.

Published in October 2010.

florilegium title page

Blackberryleaf flower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Blackberryleaf flower

Blackberryleaf flower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Cornflower

Cornflower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Cornflower #2

Cornflower #2
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Dahlia (decorated)

Dahlia (decorated)
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Flame flower

Flame flower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Flowerscope

Flowerscope
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Flowerscope #2

Flowerscope #2
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Gaillardia

Gaillardia
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Gazania

Gazania
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Gazania #2

Gazania #2
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Gorgon flower

Gorgon flower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Osteospermum

Osteospermum
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Primula auricula #1

Primula auricula #1
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Primula auricula #2

Primula auricula #2
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Primula auricula #3

Primula auricula #3
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Primula auricula #4

Primula auricula #4
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Purple coneflower

Purple coneflower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Red flax flower

Red flax flower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Single-flowered dahlia

Single-flowered dahlia
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Tulipa saxatilis

Tulipa saxatilis
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Yellow blackberryleaf flower

Yellow blackberryleaf flower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Yellow flower

Yellow flower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Zebra tomato flower

Zebra tomato flower
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Florilegium title page

Florilegium title page
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Florilegium colophon page

Florilegium colophon page
digital print
17 x 22 inches (sheet size)

Florilegium boxes

Florilegium boxes

Florilegium box labels

Florilegium box labels

Florilegium box

Florilegium box
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Florilegium box

Florilegium box with the book

Florilegium box

Florilegium box with the book

Flowers in lobby

Simulation: large flowers in a lobby
photomontage print

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