|Artist / Creator||Camille Riner|
|Place of Publication||Custer, SD|
|Author of Text||Inspired by Emily Dickenson|
|Process / Technique||Digital|
|Image Process||The original print for this book was carved and then hand printed on my etching press, scanned and then digitally collaged with photographs from my garden.|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion tunnel|
|Medium / Materials||Black book cloth cover with a waxed green linen thread tie and a handmade bird bead for the clasp|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Box: 5.25 x 5.25 x .5 inches. Accordion opens out to: 22 x 5.25 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 30|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
This accordion tunnel book features the image of a gardener surrounded by flowers, plants and birds. I have done a number of images that show interactions with birds. To me birds represent freedom and vulnerability. Inspiration for this print/poem came from a poem by 1880s American poet Emily Dickinson that starts with line "Hope is the thing with feathers." My poem reads: Hope - The thing with feathers - A small promise in the deepest green - Hidden in the leaves - Waiting to be discovered - So it can take flight and sing into your soul.
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.