This is my latest book, actually the second version. I’ve been working on it for more than a year. I fell in love with the Gingko tree growing in Robin and Steve’s backyard. It’s huge and has to date from before the house was built. I’m guessing it’s at least 200 years old. I’ve been photographing it, and talking to it, for a long time. Never been satisfied with the photos and, of course, the tree doesn’t answer me. Finally decided I had to make a book.
Unlike the tree, the book is small, 5 inches by 6 inches. Most of the pages are printed on Talas unbuffered bond, trimmed to size. The cover is 100% recycled Shizen watercolor paper, a thick, mostly cloth-feeling textured material. The binding is something I saw online as I was perusing soft cover materials.
Inside the book are lots of photos, a little text, 4 sheets of prints made from gingko leaves with poems printed on them, and vellum endpapers.
I don’t like the look of the binding on the inside and probably won’t use it again.
And, if I can get more gingko prints, I may create Gingko 3; particularly since I have a new spring photo to add to it.
When we lived in Philadelphia, our street was lined with old ghinko trees. Ben Franklin brought them to the US originally. In Spring every year, Chinese women would gather up the fruit for making soup. But one gender ( I don’t remember which) smelled to high heaven and made our lives miserable! Love your books, Ruthe.. Keep ’em coming, Grace