Courtesy of Porcupine's Quill
Wood engraver Gerard Brender a Brandis has long been an avid gardener and botanist; his encyclopedic knowledge of the plant world animates the exquisite microcosm of A Wood Engraver's Alphabet. This collection is intended both for the student of the complexities of nature's creations and the patron of the intricate art of wood engraving. The images are presented in the form of an alphabet book but the simple, and sometimes elementary, appreciation of the alphabet format will not suffice here. The abundance of the botanical world, and the multitude of choice available to represent each letter, allows the mind of artist and reader alike to roam free. A short introduction by the artist illuminates the choices he has made and includes historical tidbits about the lexicon of flowers.
From the Author
`Working on this series of engravings reminded me that the Victorians delighted in employing flowers to send messages, having an established lexicon of meanings for many common flowers. One might send foxgloves to express a suspicion of insincerity, snapdragons to underscore offence at another's presumptiveness (and don't the tight-lipped snapdragons in my engraving have an offended air about them?), and pansies to confirm ``You occupy my thoughts.'' And some plants have a unique significance for each of us, associations with events or people in our own lives.' (Gerard Brender a Brandis )
About the Author
A member of the Society of Wood Engravers (England), Gerard Brender a Brandis has produced hundreds of drawings, wood engravings and watercolours of flowering plants, many of which were studied in his own garden. These images have appeared in books, including Wood, Ink and Paper, At Water's Edge and Portraits of Flowers (all published by The Porcupine's Quill) as well as in his own handmade editions. His work is represented in the collections of the Royal Botanical Gardens (Hamilton, Ontario), the Missouri Botanic Garden, the Arnold Arboretum and the Hunt Botanical Library. His garden and his studio are located in Stratford, Ontario.
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- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Porcupine's Quill; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 0889843112
- ISBN-13: 978-0889843110
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