49 Prarie Plants  2011

The Nature Conservancy invited Meindertsma to do a project in the USA with praire grass. The project 49 Prairie Plants is a book that celebrates the different kinds of prairie grasses found in the endangered Nachusa Grasslands near Chicago. Each of the 49 pages in the book in the book is made from a characteristic kind of prairie grass picked from Nachusa Grasslands. The name of the plant is laser cut from the page and each sheet has the plants seeds integrated within it, turning the book into a potential new prairie itself.

After much experimentation with the processes of making paper from grass, Miendertsma collaborated with a local craftswoman to turn every plant into paper. The Nature Conservancy have worked tirelessly on the restauration and management of this prairie and the book is intended as an homage to the generous work of the volunteers there.

COMMISSIONED BY: The Nature Conservancy 

Special credits: Nachusa Grasslands and volunteers, Hook pottery paper



Photography: Mathijs Labadie, Roel van Tour
Text edit: Laura Houseley
Graphic design: Kumi Hiroi
Coding: Henrik van Leeuwen



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