Sonja Greentree Rossow. Birch. No 5 of an edition of 15.
(Gordo. AL: Curly Head Press. 2010). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Sonja Greentree Rossow creates small edition and unique handcrafted artist’s books and prints that are inspired by her life and surroundings. As the wife of a military man, Rossow and her family move frequently. In Birch, Rossow draws on her experience of birch trees in winter. Birch trees are often described as pioneer species, as they colonize quickly in groupings. Their bark has a characteristic long plate form with strong black/white patterning that Rossow uses as a staccato element across her pages. The paper, made by the artist at Picante Paper Studio in San Antonio, Texas, incorporates pulp and fiber to add dimension to her images. Exterior cloth covered boards are bound with Japanese stab binding, in which single, rather than folded, sheets are stitched together.