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Plant Pigment on Text

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posted on 2011-04-13, 00:00 authored by Thomas Heinz
"I am developing a thesis on the world of flowering plants and how its growing cycle can be utilized and/or represented in the field of graphic design. As part of this investigation, I have been pressing flowers from my yard and collaging them onto chipwood boxes. I do not use a sophisticated flower press to do this, but rather put the flower petals into books and leave them for a few weeks or months to press and dry. This image is the result of placing the petals from a common orange daylily into the pages of a Gardening Encyclopedia I have from 1936. Coincidentally, the entry I happened to place this perennial flower’s petals on is for “Hardy Plant.” This particular flower (a hardy plant itself) releases a greater than average amount of color onto the page when being pressed. One of the central questions of my research is how pigment from the plant world could be used by graphic designers in a more controlled way."


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Finalist in 2010 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences, April 15-May 31, 2010.

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