The final Folio

I began by searching on online databases to find biographies on Piet Oudolf and photographs of his designs.

I also compiled photographs I had taken of his landscapes. I scanned some landscape books in the library as well. I found Oudolf's contact information and reached out to potentially secure an interview, but unfortunately did not receive a response. 

I used the imagery and information I had found to develop the imagery, iconography and copy for this folio. 

I first developed a short, illustrated story inspired by his work called “The Thirsty Cactus.” I used this publication as well as Oudolf’s iconography, imagery and body copy to begin my folio. 

I started folding paper until I landed on a suitable binding method and formed a tiny prototype. I sketched layouts on paper until I came up with a system that fit Oudolf's style. I used a photograph of Oudolf's hand-illustrated landscape designs as the base of the outside cover. 

I chose to use large-format rice paper to print on since this type of paper weathers over time which I felt correlated nicely with Oudolf's views on nature. I brought my image to a local printer who was able to print on large-scale. 

Once I had the flat page printed, I hit the Bowe House Press Letterpress Studio to the foundation with patterns and textures. 

I used hand-brayering techniques and chose colors based on those which were most prominent in his landscapes. 

This is the flat, folded, opposite side of the large-scale rice paper print using hand-brayering letterpress techniques

I printed the body copy and imagery to bind in the folio. Lastly, I folded down and bound the final piece based on my tiny model. 

A representation of the full product.

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