By Denise Bookwalter
Tallahassee, Florida: Denise Bookwalter, 2017. Edition of 10.
12 x 4 x 2". Laser cut. Printed at Small Craft Advisory Press in Tallahassee, Florida, on Japanese Hosho paper. Post bound with stainless steel screws and cloth over boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Envelope is an artist book about lighter-than-air flight, reflecting on its beauty and destructive power.
Colophon: "Envelope began in the summer of two thousand and eight when I traveled to Ohio and Germany to visit the archives of the Goodyear Blimp Company and Luftschifbau Zeppelin. . . .Between the pages it whispers about a summer of searching, of coffee breaks as newlyweds on the shore of Lake Constance, and all of the time between now and then."
The many definitions of envelope include the one for the gas bag that suspends the gondola of an airship or dirigible balloon. In Envelope the airship's envelope is revealed as developing space when one turns the pages. The complete dirigible shape takes form and disappears as one pages through the book.