A Well-Trimmed Survey of Holiday Plants
Volume Three of the Plant Lore of the 21st Century
By Shawn Sheehy
Chicago: paperboy press, 2017. Edition of 50.
Shawn Sheehy: "Fresh Cut Xmas: A Well-Trimmed Survey of Holiday Plants celebrates the flora that has played a role in winter holidays for centuries. In contrast with the excess of contemporary seasonal traditions, the style of this book is minimal; the palette is spare, the baubles are few, and the text on each page is composed using the haiku’s 17 stark syllables.
"As with the first two books in this botanical series (A Pop-Up Field Guide to North American Wildflowers and A Pop-Up Culinary Herbal), Fresh Cut Xmas looks at ancient plant folklore with a contemporary lens, with the intent of understanding and appreciating each plant more fully."
Tasty poppy seeds
Symbolize good fortune, but
Avoid a drug test
6.5”h x 4.5”w x 1.5”d; 31 pages including back pastedown with colophon. 12 double-page pop ups. Concepted, engineered, designed, and assembled by the artist. Text printed from polymer plates by Eileen Madden at ChiPress. Type set digitally in Italian Electric. Commercial cover stock. Signed and numbered by the artist.