Rebecca Chamlee, “Giant: a deity with leaves”


Rebecca Chamlee
Simi Valley, California

Giant: a deity with leaves
letterpress printed on handmade paper (more details below)
11.25 x 7.75 x .75″

Artist Statement

Giant: a deity with leaves is the story of the ancient Valley oak of Corriganville Regional Park. The book celebrates the life of the magnificent native tree and the gifts it bestowed—wonder, inspiration and an intimate connection with the natural world.

Giant: a deity with leaves, written, designed, letterpress printed and bound in Simi Valley, California by Rebecca Chamlee of Pie In The Sky Press, was completed in 2019. The letterpress printing was done on the Vandercook Universal III power press using Centaur and Arrighi type, cast by M & H Type Foundry and Swamp Press, wood French Clarendon and photo polymer plates on Zerkall Book Wove, handmade Kitakata and Korean Hanji papers. The botanical pages are contact prints on Strathmore Aquarius II watercolor paper. The longstitch binding, sewn with hand- dyed Kinglet Cottage linen thread through a white oak spine, has a cover of botanical contact printed and dyed handmade Indigo watercolor paper.