Kickstarter project - Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook

Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration SketchbookGNSI member Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski is leading the charge on a Kickstarter project for the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, the location of one of our 2014 conference field trips.

The project is entering the final stretch, and the fundraising effort has been very successful. Now is a great opportunity to score one of the reward items when you donate!  The Kickstarter project page is here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/994091899/practice-makes-perfect-a-...

The primary goal is to raise funds to publish the limited edition Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook. It is an art book of 76 illustrations made by 16 instructors and 60 artists from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens. It celebrates the program’s 34th anniversary and its restructuring as the School of Botanical Art and Illustration. The project is loosely based on the Sketchtravel project founded in Paris in 2006 when Gerald Guerlais and Daisuke Dice Tsusfumi created a book that traveled from hand to hand among 71 artists all over the globe. Our own sketchbook project was completed in one year with participants from the Gardens’ botanical illustration community, including international artists.

An original, handmade 160-page spring back bound book with 90 lb. Fabriano Artistico HP watercolor paper and a protective reindeer-leather box were made for this purpose. Each of the artists had one 11”x 7.5” page to use and up to one week to complete their work. This book was never mailed but traveled from hand to hand within the community for 365 days. Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook showcases a unique collection of talent and expertise, including natural science illustrations, artistic explorations, and calligraphy with a personal touch. It includes a foreword by Dr. Shirley Sherwood O.B.E., Kew, U.K. and 76 full-color illustrations, each presenting insight into the artist's way of working.

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