The Simple Science Kit.

Serafina, NM: 2019. Artist's book, unique, on various papers including Arches, Canson, Strathmore, signed and dated on the colophon by the artist / author, Paul Maurer. Consisting of seven individual booklets, all assembled into one handmade file folder, resulting from the artist / author's creating similar booklets for some young friends. Page sizes: Biology 5-1/2 x 7 inches, Astronomy 6-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches, Math 7 x 7-1/8 inches, Alphabet 8-1/2 x 7-7/8 inches, Birds 9 x 8 inches, Insects 9 x 10, Fish 6-1/4 x 1013/16 inches. Bound by the artist: individual booklets accordion foldouts in hand-painted paper wrappers, each laid into its own hand-painted and hand lettered sleeve; housed in custom-made paper over boards clamshell box, 13 x 13 x 3 inches, front cover lined with painted and stamped papers collaged to form "quilt" of brightly colored images; bottom tray padded and lined with blue velvet, white and gold gilt ribbon pull, clamshell "quilt" housed in handmade green and orange corrugated cardboard box with painted label "THE SIMPLE SCIENCE KIT" collaged to center right of lid. The printing blocks for the papers were hand printed with water-based inks. The calligraphy was accomplished with metal pens and acrylic inks with metal dingbat stamping here and there. The booklet covers and pockets are decorated with gouache, acrylic and enamels. The box is a collage of various parts of the booklets: tripled coated with gloss acrylic varnish. The text in the booklets is basic: i.e. the alphabet in black and white wood type followed by the words "& now make words." Inspired by American Folk Art as well as American primers, this is a thoroughly contemporary interpretation. It will make you smile and maybe even chuckle. It is a charmer. Item #11487

Price: $2,800.00

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