New Picture Book is a Brilliant Mix of Art and Poetry

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Author Pattie Palmer-Baker presents a vibrant collection of poems and artwork that wonderfully complement each other

In Connections, author and artist Pattie Palmer-Baker takes readers into a colorful, kaleidoscopic world, vibrant fusion of poems and art. Readers are sure to enjoy this brilliant mix of colors and verse as it inspires them to keep their creative juices flowing.

Connections is a collection of Palmer-Baker’s lively poetry and artwork. Each poem is accompanied by an image of her layered and complex collages. The medium is paste-paper, a 17th century decorated-paper technique which allows the artist to create highly textured surfaces with vibrant color shifts. After applying a mixture of colors and artist-made paste on wet paper, Palmer-Baker uses various tools, such as broad-nibbed calligraphy pens, to create patterns, designs and images. During the final step, she adds metallic pigment and/or gold leaf to increase the richness of the surface. Once dried, the paper is then cut into shapes and images to illuminate and extend the meaning of the poem.

A wonderful anthology, the poetry and the collage beautifully complement each other. Palmer-Baker’s mosaic-like images add power and meaning to the poems, and the poetry creates depth and clarity in the artwork. Connections will make a great addition to anyone’s personal library.

This book will be featured at the California School Library Book Exhibit in Pasadena, CA on November 11-14, 2011.

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About the Author
Pattie Palmer-Baker not only writes poetry and creates paste paper collages; she also combines them in her unique artwork. In calligraphic form (using a style based on the Carolingian alphabet from the 8th century) she writes the poems along the edges of the collaged materials which have been created to illuminate the poetry.

Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Portland, Oregon.

Parties interested in purchasing any of the pictured artworks may contact the artist at

To view Pattie Palmer-Baker’s artworks not included in this book, her bio, and/or images of Pattie‘s artist-created greeting cards, please visit

Connections * by Pattie Palmer-Baker
Publication Date: July 1, 2011
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4628-9900-5

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