Stockton, California: Five Mile Creek Studio, 1996. First edition. One of 60 copies. A fine copy of a lovely, charming book in the original stiff paper folder and with a miniature printed prospectus card. Concertina book format, readable from both front and back, in handmade paper over boards. 5 in. by 7 in. Eleven handmade paper samples (made of fibers including asparagus, daylily, banana blossom, peony, and rose) some printed with text and illustrations. All text and illustrations are screenprinted. Font is Byronprint by Byron Wolfe. Item #16795
Rambling Through My Garden narrates the past and present of Kathy Crump’s lush and extensive garden, which includes everything from peonies to fennel to bananas, and describes her papermaking and dyeing techniques.
Crump is a book artist, photographer, and environmentalist based in the Five Mile Creek area of Stockton, California, just northeast of San Francisco. She co-founded the Five Mile Creek Raptor Center in the late 1970s and began rehabilitating thousands of abandoned, ill, and injured birds and reintroducing them into the wild around Lodi Lake. In 2002, she also founded the Friends of Five Mile Creek, an environmentalist organization that works to improve the water quality of the creek and provide a better habitat for the flora and fauna that call it home.