Exploring Nature through interactive folding books

24 Hour Flowers

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The Bee Book

Dive into the a beehive of information with this book featuring twelve bee species, the flowers they are attracted to, and a myriad of fun bee facts.

24 Hour Flowers

"Fleeting Flora" is the theme of this upcoming book that focuses on 8 plant species whose flowers last for only 1 day. Successfully funded on Kickstarter - Coming April 2018!

Daisies & Dandelions

Enter a world of folding decagons and explore the intricate geometry of these common wildflowers!

Sunflowers & Moonflowers

This interactive folding book explores flowers that flourish under both the sun and moon, featuring hand-lettering, 8 breathtaking flowers, and a few surprises!

The Bee Book

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The Bee Book has a hexagonal structure inspired by the shape of honey-combs, and its pieces flip out and unfold into different layers of hexagons and diamonds. The layers, acting as pages, contain colorful, realistic illustrations of the six families of bees found in North America and the flowers they are attracted to. Included along with the illustrations are fun facts which describe how these bees go about pollinating flowers, why they are drawn to specific flowers in particular, and how different flavors of honey occur naturally based on the kinds of flowers involved in the process. The Bee Book is the first published book in The Foliage Library series.



Given the recent severe decline of the bee population in the United States, it is important for everyone, especially the younger generation, to learn about bees and why they are so important to our ecosystem – bees are responsible for pollinating the plants that provide the majority of the world's fruits and vegetables. The Bee Book will rest in a honey-comb shaped box (for easy transport, storage, and protection) and information about our current bee crisis will be located on the inside cover of the box lid.

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Sunflowers & Moonflowers

Sunflowers & Moonflowers is an interactive artist book and the first book in The Foliage Library. It is built in an octagonal structure inspired by the eight phases of the moon. The layers act as pages and contain whimsical illustrations of four types of sunflowers and four types of moonflowers, as well as the sun and moon; although the illustrations incorporate abstract patterns, they are based on real species of flowers. Included along with the illustrations are the common and scientific names of the flowers as well as short descriptions of each flower group, all written in hand-calligraphed blackletter.

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Daisies & Dandelions

Daisies & Dandelions is a 10-sided book that shows amazing beauty can be found even in the most common wildflowers. When unfolded, its pages bud and bloom into 5 species of Daisiy and 5 species of Dandelion. Information included among the flowers includeds biological processes such as photosynthesis and anemochory, as well as a varitey of ways in which these flora are helpful. When the triangular pages at the center are opened, the seeds of a dandelion puff disperse.

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24 Hour Flowers

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Inside of an old, rusty clock thrive 8 species of flowers that all have one thing in common: their blooms only last for one day! Prepare for a journey full of new botanical knowledge and breathtaking illustrations. As you explore four families of fascinating yet fleeting flora growing thick through the clock gears of this 12-sided book, you will learn new facts about each one, what makes them the same, and what makes them different.

24 Hour Flowers is a celebration of fleeting flora, but it also functions as an educational tool to learn about plant taxonomy, or how plants are arranged into families. First, the book divides bilaterally into monocotyldons on the left and dicotyldons on the right-- the most basic distinction in classifying plants. These two sections are each sub-divided into two families, a garden grows amongst clock gears, and within each family two species are featured for a total of 8 blooms growing from the center of the book. The interactive design of the book also makes it fun to read as a group. Share it with your friends and family and you can take turns reading as you explore the wonderful world of flowers.

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The Foliage Library

Founded in 2015 by Matt Holbein and Emily Brooks, the goal of The Foliage Library is to promote enviromental and botanical education through illustrated geometric folding books with forms that relate conceptually to their content. In addition to this, the very structures of their books present a learning opportunity as they incorporate a great deal of geometry and mathematical thought. By seeing how basic shapes move and fold in space, the brain will be more apt to understand how two-dimensional shapes relate to the physical world. The books incorporate elements of art, geometry, engineering, and environmentalism and can help awaken interests in these topics in both children and adults.

"Oaks of North America," a book by Matt Holbein that inspired The Foliage Library.
"Organic Geometries," a book by Emily Brooks that showcases her love of nature and patterns.

When Emily and Matt work together, the best aspects of their work as individuals come to light. They will conceptualize a book together, then Matt will design the geometric structure of the book while Emily creates beautifully detailed illustrations to fill it. While both artists have assigned roles in the creation process, they both help make artistic and design decisions on all aspects of the book so that the end result is truly collaborative.

Matt Holbein

Emily Brooks

Matt and Emily met in 2010 during their freshman year at the Rochester Institue 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.

Intrigued by each other’s work, they decided to collaborate on a book in the spring of 2014. Matt made several octagonal dummy books out of paper, experimenting with the arrangement of layers and their proportions. Once a final layout was agreed upon, Emily began creating the illustrations to fill it using a brush and ink. Scanning and editing the images as she went along, she sent the digital files to Matt for him to color using Adobe Illustrator. Within a week they created Sunflowers and Moonflowers, an octagonal folding book about sunflowers, the sun, moonflowers, and the eight phases of the moon. Since then, they have applied their knowledge of illustration and design to create a growing series of geometric folding books called The Foliage Library.