Lovely and Amazing - Education of Girls


    © 2010

    Dimensions (in inches): 6 x 4 x 1.5

  • Materials:wood, paper, ink, mica, acrylic, feathers, shells, bones, snakeskin, laser transfer, digital ink, book cloth, printing ink, photographs, book board
  • Collection of: University of Denver, Penrose Library Special Collections


Reproductions taken from the archives of Ruth Wheeler, this book includes scans of her biology teaching notes, her biology study notebooks from student days at University of Kansas in the early twentieth century along with digital reproductions of photographs taken by Ruth during the years 1946 and 1970. The text includes pages from a sex education teaching guide, and an account of Ruth's road trip to Columbia College, in 1928. The book conveys Ruth's strong passion for and commitment to her role as teacher and advocate for the youth under her tutelage during her years teaching biology and sex education.

Eight rigid pages sewn in an across the spine coptic style developed by Keith Smith into birch plywood covers. The covers have recessed artifacts protected with mica, laser transfered images and text. Housed in custom single tray box with recessed paper label.

Part of the Lovely and Amazing series - an ongoing series celebrating the life of Ruth Wheeler, beloved biology teacher, naturalist, youth advocate and feminist who lived and worked in north Denver for 70 years. Ruth found the natural world a place of endless delight and shared her enthusiasm with many, including myself, her great-niece. She left behind a collection of biological specimens, notes and photographs which I have incorporated into a series of three-dimensional collages, boxes and book works.

Text and illustrations from Book of the Camp Fire Girls, © 1958 by Camp Fire Girls, Inc. from Photographs from original black and white reversal film transparancies taken in 1949 by Ruth Wheeler.