Animal Mineral Vegetable 16


    © 2023
  • Dimensions (in inches): 4 x 7 x 2.8
  • Materials:mica, paper, thread, brass, plant, bird, insect, reptile, fish & animal specimens, leather, glass beads, ink, acrylic
  • Collection of:Archive and process materials for this work held by University of Denver, Penrose Library Special Collections


The six rigid pages of this book are laminations of board and mica with cut outs in which specimens rest. The structure allows the specimens to be viewed from both sides of each page. Specimens include plant, insect, animal, reptile, fish & bird materials gathered from from a nearby wetland or selected from an inherited archive. Each page is faced with screen printed, hand-dyed and laser etched paper and edged with Moriki paper. The covers hand-dyed leather over book boards with recessed areas holding fish vertebrae with treated suede doublures. The binding is a wire edge style using brass rods & linen thread. Book label is foil stamped calf. Housed in a drop-spine box of book board covered with custom painted book cloth. A weasel tail gifted to me by the late Ruth Wheeler is attached to a tray base. The tray platform is of cast acrylic and surface treated book board. The box labels are mica over paper.


This book is one of an ongoing series that celebrates a curiosity that leads to collecting & preserving specimens of the natural world.