Animal Mineral Vegetable 7


    © 2019
  • Dimensions (in inches): 4.15 x 4 x 2.25
  • Materials:wood, metal leaf, mica, thread, ceramic beads, tyvek, paper, reptile, bird, insect and plant specimens, book board, book cloth
  • Collection of: University of Tennessee Knoxville Special Collections


The mica pages in this six page book use mica that has been mined far below the surface. It has naturally occurring black marks that mimic gestural ink marks. Aside from the black markings it is exceptionally clear. The pages are round, trimmed at one edge to form a straight edge for binding with inclusions of snake shed, feathers, seeds, butterfly and moth specimens from an inherited archive, plant matter (leaves/needles/seeds) gathered during my outdoor adventures. Different from other books in the series, these pages are wrapped with Moriki paper instead of copper foil. The pages are bound across the spine with shaped basswood covers. The covers are adorned with stitched on ceramic beads over mica washers. Presented in a custom box with a cast acrylic platform, under which 12 shell are housed. The shells aren't attached so the box makes a nice rattling sound when moved.

The common elements in the Animal, Mineral, Vegetable are primarily material based. The pages are made from thin sheets of mica which limits the size and shape of the books in the series. As the specimens must flatten between the mica sheets, the animal elements are mostly feathers, bits of snake skin, butterfly and moth wings. It is far easier to flatten plant material elements so there is a bigger variety in the vegetable category. All have hardwood covers, most of the pages edges are wrapped with copper foil and all are housed in custom boxes.