Belladonna flies high in the sky with her familiars. In 2013 illustrator Frank Riccio and I collaborated on an edition of miniature popup books. The concept grew from our curiosity with European poison gardens and the observation that Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) and Datura stramonium (Hells Bells or Thorn Apple) were sisters in the Solonaceae family.
I have loved making books since I was in elementary school. They are vessels that can carry your spirit. I learned more refined techniques of book construction and design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. I continue to enjoy the community and companionship of fellow artisans at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center.