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the book of soil by teaganwhite the book of soil by teaganwhite

A selection of pages from The Book of Soil, an experimental book- and paper-making project.
The content is related to my own ongoing interest in life cycles, decomposition, and the often overlooked world beneath our feet. I have a nearly religious reverence for decomposers, and the idea that the vehicle through which we achieve a very real (if only physical) immortality is the lowest of life forms, who go about their work indiscriminately and with no expectation of praise in return. I hope that this book communicates some part of the flawless grace of that reciprocal arrangement, and that the knowledge of it can be as comforting to others as it is to me.

All paper is handmade with a combination of fibers including flax, kozo, gampi, abaca, and self-harvested cattails, and a number of pigments and additives. The book has an exposed hardcover binding and measures 4.5"x6". The illustrations were drawn directly with ink, and the text added via image transfer.

In doing this I found out that pillbugs are terrestrial crustaceans and they breathe through gills. :]
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the book of soil by *lostsoulx44 suggester said:"The dedication to this project is clearly seen in the perfectly executed final result, not only does it show some impressive papermaking skills but also the amazing attention to detail in the exquisite illustrations and well thought out type." ( Suggested by gngbng and Featured by BluestOfBirds )
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ronkedoor Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this just stole my heart
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LIA-RAMIREZ Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
its so beautiful!!!!!!
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AadenWolfgangson Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012   Artisan Crafter
great!
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Santimocho Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
charming
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PandoraLewis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Simply Brilliant, girl.
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ynive Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
this is disgusting :D and yet so beautiful.
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chinopisces Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Absolutely exquisite.
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silver-ships-fly Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow!
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Mar-Enil Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
A book lover has their way of orgasm to show the excitement and joy over looking at such a fantasticcc book!
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dooftan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
This.Is.Awesome.

I'd love to touch this papers, they're great ! Well done !
Drawings are cool too, and the concept is very good. Yeah, I love what you've done.
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Paperflower86 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
This is amazing, the colours, the textures, the whole concept are just wonderful *__*
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luluyoung Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student
I love the way this looks. I just wanna cuddle up with this thing and stare at it for hours. This is awesome.
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Litle-Noa Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
lovely work!
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Mamey11 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Interesting job.
Good work with the handmade-papers, choosing materials and colours added.
'cause the subjet is the "life cycles and also decomposition" I think you have done a really good choose on making a handmade book, with no-trim paper and black-grey-dark colour.
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
This is so beautiful.
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Makarche Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
cool book :)
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owltears Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
cute book!
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InklingArt Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Writer
This is so creative and beautiful! :love:
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karlpeder Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great idea, and very well executed! :D
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F-Three Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Bitchin'
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lllLonelyWandererlll Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Student General Artist
This is so interesting :D I love the little bugs and how soft the paper looks.
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Writer
Hei, I featured this and 'The little book of astonishing, intriguing, and otherwise unusual animals' in my blog: [link] (:
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Lorrain Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been faving your deviations few minutes now and I am in constant awe. But this is simply amazing :-o
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teaganwhite Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
aw, thank you so much :]
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Abistrakt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Gorgeous. Thoughtful. Earthy. Inspirational. Thank you so much for this piece of work.
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Vidosalimo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
good job bro! :)
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Voltaira Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Wow, this is so amazing. This has inspired me for a specific part in one of my short stories that's a WIP. Don't worry it won't be a rip off, and I'll give you credit for the inspiration.

I really love the handmade paper and the way it's layered, that really just pushes it to a whole new level.
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xdollfacex Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Absolutely gorgeous. I'm truly humbled by the story of life you've captured here.
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Writer
This is so stunning! I'm lost for words.
The idea and concept are so wonderful (I feel the same way about decomposers), and the handmade papers and illustrations and the text and the colours and textures and holes are so lovely in and of themselves, and it all creates one stunning work of art!
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pagit Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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fridaythe13th Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
brilliant! this is so inspirational, the fact that the paper is made from raw materials adds such greater meaning and value, it's as though in creating this you've become a part of the cycle itself =)
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Metu90 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
WOW! Well... got me speechless.. but love it! ^^
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alicecigarette Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
it's amazing!
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Sugar-Bielbog Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Fabulous! I love experimentation, and this is verrrry interesting.
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iseestars12 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
this is awesome!!!!!
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Typografiks Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
What a lovely concept. Really organic and engaging. Thanks for sharing!
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Myrddhin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work. I really like the subject, and the way the book is presented here.
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Talesless Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this. is. awesomeee :D
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Sardonicism Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
the quiet simplicity reminds me of haiku, and the placement of the words remind me of the beat poets. i wish i could see it in real life, it looks amazing.
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SoulxMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DD of the year =P
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teaganwhite Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
aw thanksss
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contra-rawr Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, amazing! no wonder it got a DD, congrats!
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KougaWuvs Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
THIS IS AWESOME!
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Cpage Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Haha even before I saw your name I knew this was your work! Beautiful as per usual.
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jinzilla Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Student
what a beautiful book! i totally understand this obsession with decomposers; they're just magical. also, your rolly-pollies are adorable ;_;
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Vexcel Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative ^^ And true too.
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SlowMindedWalrus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
except water bottles

lol im a downer. :iconimhappyplz:

great job though! :D
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DieselPoweredDoodad Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Baaww that's messed up, lol.
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tylerduke Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
This is an amazing example of artistic bookmaking. I /love/ the use of handcrafted paper, which fits so well with the overall theme. Great work.
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