Veda M. Rives and Meda R. Rives

collaborative BookEnvirons
A BookEnviorn is an artist's book that by concept and scale creates an immersion experience for the viewer who enters and explores the space that is created and shaped by the book.
The works for which we coined the term “BookEnviron” grew out of a brainstorming session that raised the question, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to create a book that is large enough to walk into?”
BookEnviron: Iowa City
Artists' Books as Shelter, Excape, Epiphany;
Shaping Our Space, Our Thoughts, and Our Aspirations 

These installations are the latest in a series of large viewer interactive environments exploring the theme of spaces set aside for contemplation and were created specifically for the College Book Art Association’s inaugrual conference Art, Fact, & Artifact: The Book in Time and Place.
January 2009, Hosted by the University of Iowa Center for the Book

 Illustrations about Papermaking

Magnolia  BookEnviron

As though released from their bindings, the handmade paper pages of our BookEnvirons shape the space of the gallery enveloping the viewer. 

detail of Magnolia flowers

detail of threads
 Twin Path BookEnviron
The pages define two spiraling pathways that intertwine as they approach the center of the artwork

detail with wave shapes and threads
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