Artist's book, one of a series of five all on Indian flowered paper, 2 of which are for sale, this copy with the last two pages of window-sill gardens highlighted with colored pencils by the artist, signed and dated by her on the colophon. Page size: 6-3/4 x 7-1/2 inches; 38pp; 4 of which are double-page fold-outs (including Colophon) and one of which is a double-page pop-up. Bound: by the artist: hand-sewn with exposed spine and tape, beige linen over boards, front panel with inlaid linen fabric, Indian flower paper overlay, housed in custom-made tan cloth clamshell box with label printed on paper on spine, fine. In the colophon the artist states that while living in Moscow in 2004, she found herself missing her Maryland garden-and this book was the result. The artist lettered the text of her friend, Canadian poet Joan Finnigan, on Arches Text Wove with Pelikan 4001 ink and a #4 Rexel nib and a Heintze & Blanckertz fold pen with walnut ink. She then scanned the lettering and a few simple drawings and laid the pages out in Photoshop and printed them on an Epson Stylus Photo2100 printer. She then returned to the pages with colored pencils and paint-dreaming of summer gardens while surrounded by the Russian winter. Joan Finnigan (1925-2007), a Canadian writer and poet, was educated at Lisgar Collegiate, Carleton University and Queen's University. She was awarded a Genie for Best Screenplay in 1969 for the film "The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar." She wrote over thirty books, many of them oral histories of her native Ottawa Valley which won several prestigious regional awards. Her poetry collection, "The Watershed Collection" was shortlisted for the Lowther award; "Wintering Over" (another poetry collection) was shortlisted for the Trillium Award. Her final oral history "Life along the Opeongo Line" was published in 2004. April 16, 2005 was declared "Joan Finnigan Day in Ottawa by the then Mayor. Her final volume of poetry, "Looking for a Turnout, " was published in 2007. Artist and calligrapher, Elizabeth McKee, lives and works in Maryland, but has traveled and lived around the world after growing up in New Guinea, Iowa and Australia. Married to a Canadian, Neill McKee, she has a son and daughter. She has studied occidental calligraphy since 1981, helping found the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa she is now an honorary member. She has lived and worked in Japan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda as well as Moscow and Maryland. She has participated in many group exhibitions as well as solo exhibitions. Her work is included in the collections of the late Queen Mother, the City of Ottawa, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, as well as private collections around the world. Her visual interpretation of her friend's verse is not only homage to the natural world; it is affirmation of life and the joy of that experience. Using at least five different lettering forms, Ms. McKee has created pages of deceptive simplicity-grouping words in one style over those in another-layer upon layer as a garden grows. She has done her friend proud.
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