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Re: Book Art

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NTIEVA Student Assistant 3 (ntieva3)
Wed, 27 Mar 1996 11:32:39 CST6CDT

I did a unit on book arts starting with bestiaries--
books of animal studies made largely by monks who were
hearing descriptions of the animals, sometimes translated
from other languages, sometimes from observation. This led
to some interesting misconceptions: The Vegetable Lamb of
Tartary, for example, which was the cotton plant, Tree Geese,
the Bishop Fish.

E-mail me if you want the entire lesson sequence, it involved
some exercises with texture and observation of real animals,
then we drew our own beasts and wrote descriptions of their
habits, sounds, etc.

We also made paper, marbleized it, illuminated an
initial, dyed yarn with natural dyes and sewed the whole thing
up (the handmade paper was the cover).

Hope this helps!

Rebecca Arkenberg
Graduate Research Assistant