|Title||Fresh Cut Xmas|
|Subtitle||A Well-Trimmed Survey of Holiday Plants|
|Artist / Creator||Shawn Sheehy|
|Place of Publication||Chicago, IL|
|Contributors||Letterpress printing by Eileen Madden at Chipress|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress|
|Number of Images||12 pop-ups|
|Structure / Binding||Pop-up book|
|Paper Stock||Commercial papers|
|Number of Pages||32 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.625 x 6.375 x 1.5 inches closed.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 50|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
Fresh Cut Xmas: A Well-Trimmed Survey of Holiday Plants celebrates the flora that has played a role in winter holidays for centuries. In contrast with the excess of contemporary seasonal traditions, the style of this book is minimal; the palette is spare, the baubles are few, and the text on each page is composed using the haiku’s 17 stark syllables. Here’s a sample from the frankincense spread: The frankincense tree bleeds the fragrance of kings; but commoners choose AX. As with the first two books in this botanical series (A Pop-Up Field Guide to North American Wildflowers and A Pop-Up Culinary Herbal), Fresh Cut Xmas looks at ancient plant folklore through a contemporary lens with dual purpose: understanding and appreciating each plant more fully, and highlighting oddities of 21st century cultural practice. Shawn Sheehy concepted, engineered, designed and assembled this book. Eileen Madden at ChiPress printed the text from polymer plates. The type was set digitally in Italian Electric. All stock is commercial cover from various manufacturers.
Artist BioShawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level—primarily in paper making and paper engineering—since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by numerous prestigious institutions, including Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. Sheehy's trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. He's currently at work on his next trade book—a mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction—and it will be released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Visit him at shawnsheehy.com.