Drawn from Nature (Hardcover)
An intricately crafted journey through four seasons of flora and fauna
Helen Ahpornsiri's intricate artwork transforms leaves, petals, and seeds into bounding hares, swooping swallows, and blossoming trees. Using nothing but pressed plants, this journey through the seasons captures the wonder and magic of the natural world between the pages of a book. This standout title with beautiful nonfiction text will take readers through an extraordinary year in the wild.
About the Author
Helen Ahpornsiri creates intricate collages using real flowers and foliage, which are foraged or grown, then preserved with traditional flower-pressing methods. The plants are organized by species or color before being cut and delicately arranged to form birds, insects, and other creatures, all filled with tiny patterns and tangles of plant life.
The artist has an exquisite sense of page design, creating pleasing curves and patterns while employing plants and a palette particular to each season. A book to savor and share throughout the year, this is sure to inspire budding naturalists and crafters.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A beautiful blend of art and science, this one-of-a-kind resource is ideal for classroom use—or for simply reveling in the world around us.
Ahpornsiri surrounds her carefully arranged tableaus with white space, providing a sense of tranquility and allowing readers to observe each delicate detail...It’s an elegant and distinctive portrait of the changing seasons.
These illustrations, and the book’s thoughtful design, are a study in eloquence.
—Kirkus Reviews (blog)
A feast for the eyes...A beautiful gift or coffee table book.
—School Library Journal