Florilegium Solmentes

October 2010

Print Portfolio and book $6000

A twenty-two-inch tall 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 and digital flowers.

Ten numbered sets.


Individual Prints

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

Published in October 2010.

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