[John Robshaw bird cards]
Loads of spring 2012 goodies are beginning to appear over at John Robshaw; among my favorites are his colorful screen-printed bird cards.
Naturally I'm drawn to the patterns lining the envelopes, but I also like the idea of hanging onto one of the cards, instead of mailing it, and tucking it into a mirror's corner or a frame -- my own stand-in for a Catesby.
[Screengrab from Vimeo]
You may recall some of the buzz surrounding the 2008 documentary about 18th-century naturalist and artist, Mark Catesby. This year marks the 300th anniversary of his journey from England to America. If you're interested in related talks, special events and exhibitions, visit the Catesby Commemorative Trust. Also, the University of Virginia offers an electronic version of Catesby's The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands here. And BTW, in 2009, the University of South Carolina received a rare leather-bound first edition of this work. More bird love here.