Alaska, Arizona & California: Karen Stahlecker, 1995. Limited Edition. String Binding. No. 8 of 30 copies (total edition 45), miniature book, 53 leaves (14 with text), signed by Karen Stahlecker. Fine. Item #21120830
Karen Stahlecker (b. 1954) is an environmental artist who produces handmade paper using a process derived from traditional Japanese methods; kozo, mitsumata, and gampi are prepared by hand and then made into pulp. The paper then takes the form of shaped sculptures or books. Karen earned her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has studied papermaking in many countries including Japan, Czechoslovakia, Italy, France and others. In 1997 Karen spent six months working and teaching in Poland through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Studios throughout the US and Canada, as well as Europe, have exhibited her paper sculptures over the last twenty years.
For this particular work Karen incorporated plants and flowers gathered in Arizona, Alaska and California. As she states in the book's foreword: "Plants capture some of [the] kaleidoscope as the seasons change and as one moves from north to south along the West Coast...'A Rainbow from the Earth' is a tiny celebration of the glorious realm of colors on our planet." Scarce, as of this writing there are no copies online, no auction records (RBH), and our OCLC search locates four copies with institutions.
___DESCRIPTION: Japanese stab binding with paper-covered boards, the front board with vertical rainbow hues of pigmented pulp, all papers are handmade - the endpapers, the printed pages, and the pages with plant specimens; the half-title, title, seven text, sectional titles and colophon pages all printed on the rectos only, the volume opens with Karen's foreword, followed by the papers divided into categories: "Reds & Roses", "Shades of Yellow", "A Range of Greens", and "The Blues (and Purples)"; oblong miniature book (3" long by 2.25" high), unpaginated with a total of 53 leaves (14 text and 39 specimen pages), a limited edition, this no. 8 of 30 copies (there were also 15 deluxe copies), signed by Stahlecker at the colophon.
___CONDITION: Fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, the string binding tight, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the sole condition issue we see is one end of the string binding has frayed slightly, else fine.
___CITATION: Bradbury, Karen Stahlecker, no. 7.
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