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Florilegium Solmentes
A portfolio of twenty-four flowers

Florilegium Solmentes is a portfolio of twenty-four unique ‘digital’ flowers created by David Esslemont from ‘nature prints’ of leaves, from scanned petals and from other parts of plants found on his 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).

The Flowers
Each flower is printed on archival Somerset Enhanced paper, 17 x 22 inches, signed by the artist and with the edition number and title.

Individual Prints
The flowers are also available as signed prints in the same format, 17 x 22 inches.

Edition details
Published in October 2010.
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 (above left) and colophon (below left) in a cloth-covered drop-back box together with The Making of Florilegium Solmentes: Nature prints & digital flowers.
Ten numbered sets.

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