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Saturday, April 28, 2012

US Copyright Registration - Protecting Artist's Work

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The United States Copyright Office has proposed new fees for the registration of claims, recordation of documents, special services, Licensing Division services, and processing of FOIA requests.   The Notice of proposed rule making on Copyright Fees is found here, 77 FR 18742. Please take the time and read it carefully.
1. Basic registration: The office will continue strongly supporting the efficient electronic filing option. Paper applications are accepted but the fee would be higher. The processing time will also be shorter for the electronic applications.
2. Renewals. The Office is proposing a reduction in the fee for filing a renewal claim from $115 to $100.

Suggested fee increase changes: 
(1) Registration of a basic claim in an original work of authorship:
- Single author, same claimant, one work, not a work made for hire, filed electronically, suggested change from $35 to $45
- All other claims filed electronically, suggested change from $35 to $65
- Forms PA, SR, TX, VA, SE (paper filing), suggested change from $65 to $100
(2) Registration of a claim in a group of contributions to periodicals (Form GR/CP), published photographs, or database updates (paper filing), suggested change from $65 to $100.
The CO Office is providing an opportunity for comments before they submit the fee schedule to the US Congress for review. Comments should be submitted electronically to the Office of the General Counsel in the Copyright Office no later than May 14, 2012.

DBG's Botanical Illustration Program is offering a special class on May 5:
by Kirstin Jahn, Jahn & Associates, LLC - Boulder, CO 
For more information and registration, please click here.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Bookbinding and Paper arts in the Botanical Illustration Program

During the past six months we have offered several courses in book binding and paper arts. All the skills taught can be applied to produce useful and beautiful items both as gifts or for our own enjoyment:
1.Coptic binding for sketchbooks, journals or color mixing journals (Davey board and Arches 90 lb hot press paper)
    - picture above
2. Three different artistic boxes: clamshell box, hinged lid box and a box with a separate lid.
- perfect for stationary, pens, rare or quality books, small items

3. Japanese kangxi bound book for  sketches, photos or scrap book  and variations of four hole retchoso bound book for notes

4. Pop-up wildflowers, on both the entry and advanced levels. The latter included original design of pop-up structures.
5. Case binding course starting soon. During this 9-hr class two different cases are produced: first a single signature gift book with Arches 90 lb watercolor paper to learn the structure and second a bound volume of journals or periodicals.

You can see additional information and images for all these classes in the BI-Facebook or by clicking the different course topics.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Case Binding with the BI-program

We all have the desire to keep our (art) journals and periodicals neatly organized. This goal is very easy to reach if you learn how to bind the individual issues to elegant books -
Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Illustration program is offering a 3-evening course in Case Binding with David Ashley as the instructor starting on May 1st (6 - 9 p.m.), the following two sessions are on May 8 and 15th.
For more information and to register please click here or call 720-865-3580.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Meet the Natives - the 11th edition is on the market

Meet the Natives - A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Trees, and Shrubs.
- Bridging the Gap between Trail and Garden
(ISBN: 978-1-55566-441-1)

The much anticipated revised and expanded eleventh edition of M. Walter Pesman' s Meet the Natives is now available for everybody who likes to explore the Rocky Mountain urban and wilderness trails (Denver Botanic Gardens Gift shop, Botanical Illustration classroom, publisher). Mr. Dan Johnson, Curator of Native Plants at Denver Botanic Gardens has done the extensive revision, and added nearly 100 new entries (the total number of describes species is over 500) to the guide. This is the first edition with color photos both by Dan Johnson and Ms. Lorraine Yeatts to assist with identification. The photos are excellent and show clearly the typical features of the presented plants.
This guide includes plants that existed here before the European settlement - these are the "native" plants, it also includes a selection of introduced plants (with a notion: non-native species) that have become common and sometimes even invasive. We can find a table showing the elevations of towns, peaks, passes and parks with the information about the respective life-zone. The life-zones are explained thoroughly in reference to the Rocky Mountain area in the beginning of the guide. The species are clearly grouped in (1) Ferns, Horsetails, and Spikemosses, (2) Grasses and grass-like plants, ( 3) Trees and shrubs, Herbaceous flowering plants (incl. Cacti) according to the flower color (4) green, brown, (5) white and cream, (6) yellow, (7) orange, (8) red, maroon, (9) reddish-purple, (10) pink and (11) blue, bluish-purple. Each of the sections starts with a beautiful botanical illustration, showing the flower color for the species in the section to follow. In addition to the quick-reference chart the reader can also find horticultural information on how to bring these durable native plants into your own garden.
  (Dodecatheon pulchellum by Karen Cleaver, page 201, section Pink)

This guide is extremely complete, informative and beautiful and should be in everyone's backpack. Highly recommended!
(Botanical illustrations included in the guide are by Annie Reiser, Karla Beatty, Marjorie Leggitt, Susan Rubin, Libby Kyer, Constance Sayas, Mary Clark, Marjorie Joy, Jan Boyd-Haring, Karen Cleaver and Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski) 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Cafe Botanique - Under the knife with Jennifer Falk Linssen

By Jennifer Falk Linssen, Boulder, CO

Learn how 2 + 2 = 5 --- it's the magic of the epiphany moment.  Learn how Jennifer came to be creating contemporary katagami sculpture - a stunning mix of carved paper and sculptural form.  Delve into Jennifer's world of technique, concept, and inspiration.

Jennifer Falck Linssen is a classically trained fine artist who has been designing and creating art for more than 20 years. Trained in the Japanese traditions of katazome and katagami, she combines the precise and painstaking process of katagami-style paper carving with metalsmithing and basketry traditions. Her artwork reflects the refinement and harmony of fine Japanese craft; the elegance and beauty of European textile traditions; and the form and texture of American and African art. Linssen’s design work has been exhibited internationally and her contemporary art basketry has been in nationally juried exhibits, invitational exhibitions and appears in several publications.
Thursday, April 19
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Congratulations to Klei Sousa!

(Mimosa acustistipula by Klei Sousa, Brazil - please click the image to enlarge)
Klei Sousa received the 2012 Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration. 

After starting training in 2005, Klei Sousa from Brazil, the winner of this year’s award for the pen and ink illustration Mimosa acutistipula, has had a quick rise to the top in the profession he’s passionate about.
Klei became a professional botanical illustrator in 2007 and since then he has entered the Margaret Flockton Award every year (five times). Each time he tried to do something better than the previous year and of course always hoping to win.  Klei Sousa has worked at the Instituto de Botanica de Sao Paulo, first entering the Margaret Flockton Award in 2008, winning 2nd prize in 2009, and has had Highly Commended awards every other year.
A huge congratulation to Klei from the Colorado BI-community!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

(Natalya Zuber, Graphite - please click the image to enlarge)