|Artist / Creator||Camille Riner|
|Place of Publication||Custer, SD|
|Process / Technique||Digital pigment print|
|Number of Images||3 illustration panels|
|Structure / Binding||Origami petal fold|
|Medium / Materials||Linen cord, wooden bead|
|Paper Stock||Epson presentation matte paper|
|Number of Pages||5 panels|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||1.5 x 1.5 x .25 inches|
|Edition Size||Open edition|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed, but not numbered|
Chickadees, a origami petal or lotus book, can be read as a book or open and displayed as an ornament. The book features digital images of one of my relief prints of the black capped chickadee. Chickadees are one of the brave little souls that stay the winter at my house. Their chirpy little call in the winter stillness has always cheered me. For me, they are one of the great optimist of the bird family, a reminder to appreciate each moment. The linocut for this book was carved and then hand printed on my etching press, scanned and digitally painted and collaged with my photographs. The book includes the word, "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" my interpretation of one of their calls.
Artist BioCamille Riner's prints and artist books express her appreciation for the little things in life. She has appreciated being able to walk with her dog along a quiet trail, watch her 6 year old daughter marvel at the moon or sit on a hillside and see the wind move through the grass. Artist books are works of art realized in the form of a book. Riner's bookwork is based on her relief prints. Her relief prints start as blocks carved from wood or linoleum and she uses hand tools or an electric router to carve the images. The blocks are then printed using an old fashioned etching press that she cranks by hand. Riner scans and manipulates these final prints for use in her books. Each book is a combination of her prints, poems, origami (paper folding), handmade papers, beads, and linen threads. Most of her books are miniatures and easily fit in the palm of your hand. Riner has a BFA from the University of South Dakota and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving back to South Dakota she taught art and design at Southwestern Michigan College. Currently she works in her studio with her husband Paul Horsted and teaches workshops in printmaking, papermaking and book arts.