|Artist / Creator||Camille Riner|
|Place of Publication||Custer, SD|
|Author of Text||Hildegard of Bingen|
|Process / Technique||Digital ink jet printing.|
|Image Process||Relief prints carved and printed on printmaking press, scanned and then digitally collaged.|
|Structure / Binding||Turkish Map Fold with Separate Covers|
|Paper Stock||Epson Ink Jet Paper|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||2.25 x 4.25 inches|
|Edition Size||Open Edition|
This woodland back to back accordion artist book features a poem by one of my heros, Hildegard of Bingen and one of my relief prints. Hildegard lived from 1098-1179 and was a gifted writer, naturalist, philosopher and scientist who worked as a German Abbess. Her poem is one of hope and speaks of the divine in us all. The two plate relief print that I used on the covers of this book is entitled Conversation with the Birds and shows a figure talking to a crow.
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.