How cool is the sparse and hardy vintergække/snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis). In spite of snow and cold it sends out its sprouts as an assurance from the earth that nature goes on – and it will be spring again.
My garden is blessed with an abundant number of the snowdrop, I gladly pick for my glass vases, to put in gække-brev (snowdrop letters) * – and now also for my artist’s books.
I like the way the whiteness of the paper and the flowers merge. So here you are: Snowdrops pressed, embedded in wax and paper, and made into a coptic bound book.
*) Gækkebreve or snowdrop letters is a unique Danish tradition. To “gække” means to tease. You do it like this: cut out elaborate (typical symmetrical) pattern on paper, write a “teaser poem”, accompanied by a vintergæk (snowdrop). Send the letter is anonymously but signed with a number of dots corresponding to the number of letters in the sender’s name. If the recipient can guess who it’s from, the sender owes him an egg. If he can’t, he owes the sender an egg.
An “egg” doesn’t have to be an actual egg (nor a chocolate one). It can be any token or small gift – as a book, a box of color crayons, a basket of flowers or something else.
This year, everybody guessed me. Maybe I should consider educate myself on a less distinctive handwriting before next year’s gække season. 😉