Rebecca Chamlee’s artist’s book, “Giant; A deity with leaves,” the story of a towering native oak tree that has stood in a nearby wildland park for over 400 years and how the ancient tree became a cherished presence in the life of the artist; a source of wonder, mystery and connection to the natural world.
"A Tree is Born: an artist’s book in process" follows the two-year course that lead to the publication of the book; from the initial idea, research, design, image exploration and finally the printing and book binding, plus a cruel twist of fate that changed everything.
Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, printer, writer, and bookbinder who has published thoughtfully designed, letterpress printed, limited-edition fine press, and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986.
Her work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely.
As a self-taught naturalist and citizen scientist, Rebecca’s artist’s books examine the intersection of her artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world.
Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design where she teaches bookbinding, letterpress printing, and artist’s book classes and heads the Book Arts minor program. She also holds virtual workshops from her studio and in-person at book arts centers throughout the country.