Every handmade artist book deserves an elegant presentation box, and Botanique is no exception.
As you can see in the photo (left), the box for Botanique is lovingly hand assembled. All the materials we used are fully archival.
Closed, the Botanique box is modest in appearance—black and unmarked, with no sign of the luscious color that will spring forth once Botanique is inside! The clam shell box measures approximately 9.25″ X 12.5″ X 1″ deep.
When you open the Botanique box the first thing you’ll see is the book plate on the left-hand side. The book plate was created using one of my Papaver images and the display font used within Botanique. This font is based upon Walt Whitman’s handwriting.
A reproduction of my signature is found on the right-hand side (the inside of the back cover of the box).
When you have an artist book that is as unique as Botanique it is important to create a stage that does the work justice.
I love surprising people when I open the Botanique box, and they begin to see that the handmade book inside is larger than the exterior of the box.
It is almost as if the box is a door to a parallel universe. Open it, and find that the botanical art is more colorful, luscious, and life-like than the “real thing”—almost the Platonic ideal of floral art rather than the flowers themselves!