Arts & Culture: Nature Unfolding: Exploring Nature through Interactive Folding Books

Sunday, July 19th at 3 pm

Don’t miss this chance to meet the creators of The Foliage Library!

Illustrator Emily Brooks and designer Matt Holbein create interactive folding books to explore the beauty and ever-changing world of nature around us. The books, in themselves, are inventive works of art – incorporating elements of art, geometry, engineering, and environmentalism.

Emily explains, “By presenting environmental information in an interactive format, the reader becomes more engaged with current urgent issues that threaten some of our worlds’ most magical creatures.” And of course, we know that nature is of great interest to those who live in our rural community.

During their online zoom session, Emily and Matt will reveal the collaborative creative process they use to research, plan, and construct a book. As part of the program, they will provide printable DIY templates of some simple elements of their books, so that people watching the presentation can do a corresponding activity at home.

More about the Creators: Matt and Emily met when they were students at the Rochester Institute of Technology and bonded over their love of plants and the outdoors. At RIT they both took book-making classes and became interested in the varying aspects of book illustration and design.

The theme of our 2020 library series is Civic Engagement through the Arts: Connecting to our Community.


This event is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.