In the studio

November 30, 2021

Students from the Stamps School of Art and Design course “Florilegium: Creating a Plant Compendium” visited the U-M Library’s Book Arts Studio, wielding local plants they’d collected and a poem by Carl Lavigne, a recent graduate of the U-M Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

Their goal: to bring the two things together, using the studio’s equipment and tools, in a broadside — a sheet of paper printed on one side only — that interweaves the science of botany, the art of creative writing, and the craft of letterpress printing.

The broadsides the students created became part of their final projects, accordion books of prints, drawings, and paintings from their field observations, photographs, and studio work.


Students sit around a long rectangular table with pressed plants.

Pressed green plants laid out on paper.

Pressed green plants laid out on paper.

Student using a putty knife to mix paints.

Broadsheet that says "some things prefer to bloom in winter."


Kyle Clark talks with students in the Book Arts Studio. Photos on this page are by Alan Piñon.


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