Jeffrey Altepeter
Katy Baum
Elizabeth Curran Boody
Denise Carbone
Valerie Carrigan
Rebecca Chamlee
Gabby Cooksey
Coleen Curry
Debra Disman
Mark Esser
Casey Gardner
Don Glaister
Virginia Green
Penelope Hall
Karen Hanmer
Jon Hinkel
Susan Hulme
Lang Ingalls
Caitlin Jochym
Peggy Johnston
Andrea Krupp
Monique Lallier
Beth Lee
Sue Huggins Leopard
Christine Manwiller
Emily Martin
Christopher McAfee
Natalie Naor
Tara O'Brien
Patricia Owen
Graham Patten
Todd Pattison
Rebecca Philio
Patricia Sargent
Suzanne Sawyer
Jackie Scott
Judy Sgantas
Sarah Smith
Therese Swift-Hahn
Deborah Thompson
Claire Van Vliet
Peter Verheyen
Robert Walp
Thomas Parker Williams
Charles Wisseman
Rutherford Witthus

Therese Swift-Hahn
Ewing, New Jersey

Therese Swift-Hahn Therese Swift-Hahn

Terra Preta

This palm leaf structure book is inspired by terra preta, meaning "black earth." Originating in the Amazon Basin at least 2500 years ago, it is some of the richest soil on the planet. Gold ink is added as a reference to the "riches" contained in this life-sustaining soil, which is up to two meters deep in some areas and has been shown to retain its fertility for thousands of years, even to today. The formation of terra preta soils by pre-Columbian Amerindians was key to their ability to flourish and sustain their vibrant culture. Scientists and environmentalists are currently researching terra preta soil enrichment to support sustainable agriculture and carbon sequestering. Calligraphic text in the book is derived from research on the subject as it relates to permaculture and biodynamic farming practices.

Paper, walnut and gold inks, tree root, leather. 12.5 x 6 x 6 inches. 32 x 5.3 x 5.3 centimeters. Created 2018.

As a professional calligrapher and textile artist, THERESE SWIFT-HAHN finds the book a perfect vehicle for weaving together tactile, visual stories using calligraphic mark-making, handmade papers, and other natural materials. Her work is inspired by the rich lineage of humans who laid the foundation for us in the ancient arts of their respective cultures.