Monday, July 9, 2012

The Paper Garden - Book Giveaway

***Congratulations to Cindy deRosier, Yani, Njeri, Karen Hornsten, and MB Isaac!***

While reading Alicia Paulson's beauty of a blog recently, she mentioned a book that sounded utterly fascinating... The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock.

The Paper Garden

The biography details the art and life of Mary Delany who lived in England in the 1700s. Married twice, most unhappily the first time, she became interested in - no, wholly dedicated to - paper sculpture at the age of 72 after the death of her beloved second husband.

The Paper Garden

Mrs. D created nearly one thousand botanically correct and remarkably dramatic collages from white rag paper and paint over the next sixteen years. The book is not just about the artist however, as the author intertwines her own challenging life story.

The Paper Garden

Originally published in 2010, it was released this past spring as a hefty paperback in the U.S. and the UK. The book includes examples of the brilliantly colored paper mosaics, a few of which you see here. Yes, they look like paintings, but they are not! The existing collection, by the way, is housed in the British Museum's Department of Prints and Drawings Study Room in London and may be viewed upon request.

The Paper Garden

I wrote to Bloomsbury USA and asked for a review copy that I've just begun. From the positive reviews, I'm quite sure it will be an enjoyable summer or winter read, depending on where you happen to live... I'm delighted to say Bloomsbury has offered to send a copy to five readers worldwide as a giveaway!

To enter, leave a comment on this post by Sunday, July 15. If there is no easily found email address on your Blogger account, include it or your Twitter name or Etsy name within the text of your comment. If you don't, you can't win. The winners will be chosen by random number generator and announced on this post and the All Things Paper Facebook page. Good luck!


82 comments:

Karin Rowe said...

oh yum! thanks for sharing your bounty!

Stephonie said...

What an awesome giveaway!
Thank you!
stephoniekwilliams (at) gmail(dot)com

AnnMarie said...

Wow! What an inspiration and wonderful example of never giving up. Fabulous.

Marjolein said...

Sounds like a very interesting and inspiring book!

Maureen said...

A wonderful giveaway, Ann. I had read a while ago about Delany and her truly beautiful collages.

Melody said...

The story behind this book does sound interesting.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

flutterhappy said...

I would love to get my hands on this book. ♥

SuzyMcQ said...

As a gardener, I am simply amazed at Ms. Paulson's work. It is beyond painterly, especially the thistles. I doubt if I have ever seen them duplicated better.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win.

Louise said...

Gorgeous! Now I want to see the originals . . . great reason for a trip to London, eh?

(oh, I'm havingfunnow on etsy -- just in case -- fingers crossed!)

Maneki said...

Those flowers are so lovely! I always like reading about people who begin creating when they get old, showing that it's never too late to begin something new (and excel at it as well).

Hadn't heard about her before so I'd love a chance to win a book so I can enjoy more of her art and read more about her.


manekinekogirl [at] gmail.com

Cindy deRosier said...

What an amazing book! Thanks for the chance to win.

Adri said...

Another great giveaway! Thanks! Those flowers are absolutely gorgeous.

Twitter handle: adrimarr

momzilajn said...

Thanks for the chance to win! This book shows there is still a chance for me!!

Matxalen said...

Tiene que ser un libro precioso. Gracias por la oportunidad.

Julie M. Forster said...

I attended the art exhibit "Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815", which featured tiny mosaics set as jewelry for Bonaparte's wife. Since then I have been fascinated with small-scale mosaics, I think this book would be a lovely addition to my collection!

Mary said...

Lovely! thanks for being so generous! marytibbs@verizon.net

Ana Laura said...

Wow I think this is a great oportunity for readers outside USA, thanks a lot, I apreciate this a lot.
I will love to win this book.
Kisses from México.
sra_de_romero(at)yahoo.com.mx

Cheryl S Miles said...

Sounds delightful - I would love to win!

Anonymous said...

From facial tissue flowers to these...WOW! Such accurate detailing. Beautiful.
Janterry@gmail.com

Em said...

What beautiful work and a wonderful legacy to not only make the world more beautiful, but allow us to recognise its true beauty!

emmalee.macmaster(at)gmail(dot)com

brunette said...

how lovely! thank you!

brunettewithblueeyes[@]gmail[.]com

Creative Quilled Creations said...

Her work was beautiful. Sounds like an interesting and inspiring book.

Jennifer
LANDJL@yahoo.com

coleen said...

This looks like such a WONDERFUL story!! And a beautiful looking book as well - love the cover!

Anonymous said...

Flowers & paper- what a great combination! Would love to read this book.

gretasmithson@msn.com

Erica Mangan said...

Wow, this looks like an increadible read. I'll make sure to add it to my summer reading list this year!

Nati said...

Wow!!beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Deborah said...

I would love to have this book thank you for a chance to do so.

Kate Himel said...

What a lovely book! Thank you for the introduction and the chance to win a copy!

Lina Eklof said...

What an inspiring woman and book!! It really NEVER is too late to follow your heart. Or to try a new avenue in your life. Love it! Sounds like a read I don´t want to miss! Thank you for an inspiring blog and for sticking to your theme - paper - and for finding so many different artists and techniques to write about and recommend. Gets my creativity going! /Lina Eklof - Sweden
linaeklof@yahoo.se

Ann said...

wow, what an amazing giveaway. Those are awesome and I would love to see this book. She sounds like a very inspiring woman. It proves that you're never to old to start working on your dream.

papelhilo said...

what a dream of a book ! i love botanical drawings and paper crafts so this book would be my favourite !

Jenny said...

Thanks for sharing another beautiful book - one with artwork and a story- double the pleasure.
jacooper(at)ngvemail(dot)com

LindaSonia said...

What a treasure! Thanks for having this awesome giveaway!

Okispice said...

Fascinating subject - I would love to read this!
Theresa

CJG said...

I can't believe that those are made of paper! Gorgeous work!

msgould_ams (at) hotmail (dot) com

Donna Little said...

I can't wait to read this book!

Namrata said...

Would love to have this in my collection to combine my two hobbies- gardening and paper art. Thanks for sharing!

Gail said...

Oh wow, I definitely need to read/own this book. It looks fantastic! I've wanted to do a similar kind of series with vertebrates (specifically reptiles?), but these are just stunning. I can't wait to read her story!

scissorsfiend@gmail.com

(sorry if this goes through twice, having trouble with blogger--grrr)

lulu_ma said...

Giveaways for worldwide readers! Finally. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.^^

Regina Schultz said...

What a lovely book.I wish I could win it. Thanks for the giveaway!!!!
costaschultz@gmail.com

Yani said...

Thank you for this lovely giveaway :)

snowypac@gmail.com
@YaniJin

amrita said...

Looks like it would be a fun and inspirational read. May be this one will be my fist give away win :)

Kimberly F said...

Sounds inspiring, I'd love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

SUGANTHI said...

Such beautiful work!! Really really amazing. Can't stop admiring all the details in her work. They do look like paintings.

Njeri said...

Thanks for a lovely giveaway Ann. I am always on the lookout for interesting books on paper crafting and this looks fun.

Bronwyn said...

I was fortunate enough to borrow this from our library. The story of Mrs Delaney is a delightful one. It did bring one question to mind - I wonder if she did any quilling?

Sathya said...

Stunning works...Seems much like paintings....Thanks for sharing....

lokokina said...

Some more paper delight!
Thank you!

komnatachista said...

Wonderful, Ann! Thanks for the opp to win what looks like a great read! Count me in and keep up the good work! - Karren

The Thinker said...

Hi, this is a lovely giveaway. Would love to get my hands on the book! :)
My ID is sen(dot)gunjan(at)gmail(dot)com

karen hornsten said...

I cannot believe this opportunity! What a remarkable woman, almost obsessed with this desire to create these botanicals, and at 72 years of age!!! Well, there is hope for this grama of 12 after all. Graceline Paper Studio on Etsy. Thanks for the opportunity to win this treasure!

Anonymous said...

The colors are insane --just beautiful

ksukeena(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

The fact that Ms. Delany started this art at 72 is very inspring .. I still have time to make my mark in life. Looks like a beautiful book!
Charlotte
louisemey@aol.com

Doodles said...

Looks like an amazing inspirational book ~ I would love to see more.
Thanks,
Debbie

Liana Maris said...

awesome work!

lia.sangalang(at)gmail.com

Saskia said...

Sounds like a lovely book, one that both my mother and I would like. How nice of Bloomsbury to do the giveaway through you! I'd like to enter. My e-mail address is saskiak@yahoo.com. :)

Teddie Seeley said...

Oh my goodness, they do look like paintings. Would love to read about this lady.
Thank you Ann.
Teddie

Julie said...

Now I really want to read her story! It sounds intriguing.
http://icreatepurtythangs.blogspot.com

Mary Anne Enriquez said...

I SO WANT this book. Not only her story sounds completely fascinating, but..get this...I work in a prairie that was once owned by the Peacocks in the early 1800s...and weho knows if they were related to her? they loved the 5000 year old prairie...and had it in their will never to plow it, let livestock graze on it...its all original. And of course its called "Peacock Prairie." I have been learning so many plants...and as an artist myself...I thoroughly enjoy the work shown here. I really WANT this book! botanical illustration at its very finest/

I love the images on black too!

Mary Anne
urban_woodswalker@yahoo.com

Pooja said...

Being a gardener and crafter this book will not be less than a treasure to me !!Thanks for giving a chance to have it ..!

Anonymous said...

This sounds so nice, would love to read it and as a quiller, this would be very inspiring.
Francine

Мария said...

It's wonderful proposal! Thanks for the chance! I would like to have this book even if I do not win!

Chrysalis said...

Love that you featured an artist who found herself at 72 years young. Love that. Thanks for sharing.

Jan Castle said...

Sounds delightful!!!! Thanks for the chance to win one!
Paper Hugs,
Jan
www dot jancastle dot blogspot dot com

Jean Morris said...

Thanks for sharing and chance to win.

Deepthi said...

Wow!! Awesome Giveaway!!I love books!!!!
Would love to win!!!

Deepthi said...

I forgot to include my mail id
...
dipti.gk@gmail.com
Thanks again for hosting this giveaway and giving 5 readers the opportunity of winning :)

Anonymous said...

I would cherish a copy of this. Really? 72?? in the 1700's?? and then for the next 18 years? That's remarkable for the time. Let alone what she did with those years. Fascinated to say the least.
chris@rottinger.net

Renata said...

Sounds like an inspiring book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

renata.lessismore@gmail.com

stephanie said...

a very very interesting book, this must be!
thank you, Ann, for a chance to win!

xoxo
steph
si_sld@yahoo.com

kendell said...

This certainly is a wonderful give away, it would certainly be wonderful to have this in my bookcase to read a leisure. Kindest regards

futurartist said...

what a beautiful beautiful book. it combines my fondness with paper art with the utter beauty of flowers :)

Sarah said...

Beautiful book! Oh how I need a good read! :o)

B. said...

I need to read this. I am 62 and starting out on a new art career. Need some encouragement and inspiration.

B.

Anonymous said...

Ann, Paper is just amazing!!! I enjoyed taking a look at Alicia's blog. Molly's mosaics are perfect!!
Licia Politis

houndini said...

Wow that sounds perfect - and makes me think that maybe I'm not too old to still find my own artistic calling either!! Thanks for the opportunity ;-)

Anonymous said...

Most inspiring! Thanks for offering a chance to own this book!

glasshorsestudio@yahoo.com

Melissa said...

SO beautiful! And remarkable to begin that work at that age! Would love to have a copy. :)

MB Isaac said...

beautiful! Thanks for hosting this.

Cynthia said...

What an awesome book. Would love to read it.

Ann Martin said...

The giveaway has ended. Thanks to all who entered!

bronia sawyer said...

Love this book. beautiful work :)

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