Friday, February 11, 2011

Traditional Palm Leaf Books

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Here are some traditional palm leaf books made in SE Asia. You can see different styles of binding. See more examples here.

My Palm Leaf Story Book

This is a palm leaf book that I made after meeting a bear in the woods near Smith College. See more of my palm leaf books on my flickr page.

Palm Leaf Poetry Books -- Student Work

DSCN2715, originally uploaded by jeanniehunt.
This is a palm leaf poetry book made during a residency project at the Hilltown Charter School in Haydenville MA during the spring of 2010. These poetry books were made by grade 3 and grade 5 students, based on the palm-leaf books made in SE Asia. Strips of tag-board are woven together with mat-board covers on each end. See more examples, and download instructions  in this post.

Baha'i Story Illustrations

I haven't had much time to post because I've been working so hard to finish this project. I will try to make a few posts each day until I get caught up with showing you my recent work.

These are four double-page spreads for a story book produced by the Baha'i National Education Committee (for the Core Curriculum story book series). These images will illustrate a story by John Hatcher about a young boy who is drawing fancy star designs to represent the Bab and Baha'u'llah. They are done with ink and watercolor and measure 81/2 by 17".The text will be printed over the central mandalas.