by Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai, Ram Singh Urveti

The Night Life of Trees

I couldn’t wait to get this book up to share since I returned from Montreal but there was the guest blog from A.J.-thanks again!- and then my “short pause.” I am just in love with this book-it could possibly have made it to the top of my all time favorites. The whole book is crafted by hand, each page is silkscreened on handmade paper in India by a commune of printers from local villages. (The India publisher Tara Publishing will be getting many orders from me in the coming weeks.) The book features a tree on every page printed on black paper- the colors almost glow- they are so intense. The intricate pattern filled drawings are made by three artists of the Gond tribe of Central India- Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai, and Ram Singh Urveti and each is accompanied by a short paragraph of folklore. This book is more beautiful than I can ever describe- so just get yourself one- it’s an edition of 1000. (I really want to try printing on black paper now!) I got mine from Drawn & Quarterly store in Montreal but you can also order it direct from Tara Publishing here. Despite all the handmade-ness this book retails at only forty bucks- amazing!

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