Fern Book

Ferns are species of monilophytes or pteridophytes plant families. They are one of the oldest plants on our Earth. Ferns first appear in the fossil record 360 million years ago, but many of the current families and species did not appear until roughly 145 million years ago, after flowering plants came to dominate many environments.

Being so old and quite common plant fern became significant in folklore and mythology as well. And for his beautiful shape it is often used as an ornamental  pattern. In Victorian era there was even a term to describe a craze for fern motif in decorative arts – pteridomania.

This book was meant to be an album of one’s memories, souvenirs and recollections, both in it’s written form and as selection of precious objects, such as plants and images.

Could be any better symbol of the Memory than a leaf of such old plant? That’s why I used dry leaf of fern for a print on the cover made of paste paper. After this procedure, this painted fern seemed already to belong to the book, so I found him the place on the front page. This particular fern, pteridium aquilinum, was collected in the autumn of 2013 in the beautiful Añisclo Valley in Huesca region of Aragón in Spanish Pyrenees.

After this work, we’re honored to find ourselves as pteridomaniacs too.