We originally created Aviary as a unique book for a collaborative project for the 2011 Sitka Invitational Exhibition in Portland, Oregon. Original etchings are by Tallmadge Doyle, from various prints in the following series of works, Contemplari Natura, the Celestial Menagerie, Mysterium Cosmographicum and Homage to Kepler. The imagery in this book juxtaposes an aviary of birds with the universal mathematical order and geometric shapes associated with the cosmos. The subject of this book is about an inherent connection with the mysteries of nature on earth and the mysteries of the universe as a whole. Aviary was designed by Susan Lowdermilk and constructed together by both artists.
The book shown in the photos here is the deluxe edition that currently is on hand at 23 Sandy. This variable edition consists of three books, with the variable being the hand-coloring on the original bird etchings.
Also note: Currently in the design stages is the second edition of Aviary, which will be a digital reproduction of one of the three originals. This version is expected to be complete in early 2014. Please contact Laura at 23 Sandy if you would like to reserve a copy of the digital version.
|Artist/Creator||Susan Lowdermilk and Tallmadge Doyle|
|Place of Publication||Eugene, OR|
|Book Bound By||Susan Lowdermilk and Tallmadge Doyle|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Etching|
|Number of Images/ Illustrations||6 including cover image|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Star carousel binding with hard covers|
|Paper Stock||Magnani Incisioni Italia|
|Number of Pages||5 spreads|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||Closed 6.5 x 11.25 x 1.5 inches. Opened 12 x 11.25 x 1.5 inches|
|Edition Size||Deluxe variable edition of 3. Digitally printed edition of 30.|
|Box/ Wrapper||Protective wrapper out of Stonehenge paper|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|