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The School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens has launched a Kickstarter campaign!

The primary goal the campaign they launched earlier today is to raise money to publish Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook.
This limited-edition hand bound sketchbook features 76 original illustrations by students and instructors in the botanical art program. Each artist had one week to draw and paint their entry. The sketchbook was passed by hand from one artist to the next.

The sketchbook includes the work of Jenny Phillips (Australia), Ann Swan (U.K.), Susan Rubin (U.S.), Libby Kyer (U.S.) and many other botanical artists.

The secondary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to establish an Illustrator/Artist in Residency Program at Denver Botanic Gardens. The six-week residency will enable three illustrators to become involved with daily operations at the garden, document the flora of the Rocky Mountains, contribute illustrations and articles to the program’s blog, and participate in open studio sessions and demonstrations for adults and children. The residency will provide $1,500 for housing and $1,000 for materials and other expenses if this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

Learn more about this project that, in just a few short hours, has raised $1,316 of its $20,000 goal!


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Author and botanical artist, Ann L. DuBois, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her second book, Plants of Life. You may recall that Ann released her first book, The Big Apples of New York: The Story of How New York State Became the Big Apple, earlier this year.

While also historical in nature, Ann’s second book will be more of a personal account about her relationship with plants. It will include thirty-eight original paintings and historical information about each plant. Drawing inspiration from resources such as Matthew Hall’s Plants as Persons, Ann explores animism (the belief that natural objects have souls) and how her relationship with plants has influenced her relationships with people.

The Plants of Life campaign is accepting pledges of $5 to $1,000. The rewards for each pledge amount varies. Please visit the Kickstarter website for more information.

Only 21 funding days remain for Plants of Life. Share information about this project with friends and colleagues.


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cover12Botanical artist Wendy Hollender and clinical herbalist Dina Falconi have created a cookbook that is also an illustrated field guide to wild plants. They have completed three years of writing, drawing, designing and recipe testing and are now ready to self-publish their book!

Five days ago they launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for production and printing expenses. Autographed first edition copies of their new book are available for only $38. This new title is expected to ship in June. It will be a hardcover book with an estimated 210 pages and 64 color pages. Visit Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook to view pages from this wonderful new cookbook.

As of this morning, they have 237 backers and have raised 58% of the project goal. Their project will be funded only if they reach their funding goal by Sunday March 10, 2013 at 12 pm EDT.

Would you like to help Dina and Wendy publish their informative cookbook and illustrated field guide? Contributions begin at $1.

Visit their Kickstarter page to learn more.


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When we last spoke with artist Mark Granlund, the conversation focused on the botanical art classes he was teaching online.

During our conversation with Mark, we learned about his book project The Book of Bartholomew, a collection of short stories about young adults and their experiences managing careers and relationships. Mark and fifteen fellow artists who have contributed to this project are ready to go to print and have launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to help cover publication costs. Mark says the objective of the current campaign is to “print 250 box sets of Volume 1 in the series, Bartholomew Makes a Garden, to sell online and at local bookstores and events. The illustrated box set includes the first twelve stories in the adventures of Bartholomew and all his friends.”

The story of Bartholomew and his friends has been evolving online and can be followed at www.bookofbartholomew.com and on Facebook.

Mark is still teaching art classes online. To learn more about his classes, visit his website or listing at Classes Near You > Minnesota.

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Kelly Houle at work in her studio.

Natural history artist, calligrapher and science educator, Kelly Houle, is creating a large-scale illuminated manuscript based on Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species. Each page will be designed as a work of art. All text will be written by hand and natural history illustrations will be illuminated with iridescent watercolors and 23-karat gold. The completed manuscript will be 22 x 30 inches and is expected to have 300 pages and over 500 illuminations.

Kelly has established working relationships with biologists and evolution experts from all over the world who will advise her during this project (see timeline). Kelly’s goal is to enhance public understanding of Darwin’s text. She explains:

I believe that the main barrier to understanding The Origin of Species is the perceived difficulty of the writing. The concepts themselves are simple, yet profound. I hope to improve understanding of The Origin by integrating poetic arrangements of Darwin’s words with visually striking presentations of the evidence. I will use elements of poetry, traditional realism, lettering art, graphic design, and fine art illustration in the service of communicating one of the most important ideas in science. 

Kelly has been raising funds on the funding website Kickstarter. Donors donating $10 or more will receive gifts of art related to The Illuminated Origin of Species. All donors will have their names written in a special section of the illuminated manuscript. In addition to individual donations, Kelly is looking for an institutional donor to fund the entire Illuminated Origin of Species project in exchange for the completed manuscript.

To read more about this project, watch a short video and to make a donation, visit the The Illuminated Origin of Species.


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