Homage to Audubon
The covers of this handmade book are fabricated with polymer clay and found objects, in a representation of a birdhouse. A vintage escutcheon beckons birds into the interior, while a hand etched copper perch allows them to rest and view the environment. Inside, a copper walled box contains several Chicago avian elements. A found nest cushions an egg and slender branches couch a small collection of feathers. A children’s block is included, turned toward “A” for Audubon. The text is appropriated from the reference “Birds of Chicago” and rebound using the Coptic stitch. The inner covers are created with liquid polymer sgraffito, and incised with the names of birds local to Chicago.
“Homage to Audubon” is a documentation via collection, bringing together disparate found elements in a cohesive whole. The imitative polymer clay techniques reinforce the natural theme.
This book was created for the Chicago Hand Bookbinders 2005 Exhibit. It was on exhibit at Northwestern University's library from March 8 to April 28, 2005. Then it traveled to the Art institute of Chicago from May 2-23, 2005. In 2007 Geraldine recreated the book for an episode of That's Clever on HGTV.
Homage to Audubon (inside)
9 x 6 x 2 inches