Have some Howard Munson.

This is called Valle del Mais Festival of La Santa Cruz:

and this is Mexican Pod Vine

Neither have any words and both tell stories beautifully. The first one makes excellent use of the accordion-book form to lend the single continuous image a sequential effect: it’s both individual pages and a long continuous painting. The second uses the breaks in the image made by the page folds to make Munson’s painting of the vine into a series of exquisite almost abstract images.

This is one of the things I want to do. Munson is apparently well-known for being an amazing book artist. According to the blurb I found on the Donna Seager Gallery, he teaches at the San Francisco Center for the Book and does a lot of popup work.

My “found” book was a lot of fun to make and even more fun to consider and plan. I think the conceptual phase of creating new books is just as vitally interesting as the construction and creation.

-liz bamford

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