Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2018

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Book Arts

First Advisor

Julia Leonard

Second Advisor

Timothy Barrett

First Committee Member

Cheryl Jacobsen

Second Committee Member

Giselle Simon

Third Committee Member

Julie Smith


Investigations in Botanical Contact Printing (Where the Light Meets the Trees; Thirteen Variations) explores the process of botanical contact printing on paper, culminating in a series of thirteen handmade artist books. Each of the thirteen books contains a poem from a collection of thirteen poems written by Alice Yousef. Every element of the book: materials, structure, calligraphed text, type of botanical contact print, sometimes the enclosure, responds to the poem, providing a visual interpretation of the written word. The completely different approaches to binding structure in this series intend to not only visually support the text, but also explore the possibilities of botanical contact print imagery in the book form.


Artist books, Book Arts, Bookbinding, Botanical Contact Printing, Natural dyeing, Poetry


ix, 57 pages


Includes bibliographical references (page 57).


Copyright © 2018 Christine Marie Manwiller