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Andie Thrams: In Forests


Summary Note

Andie Thrams makes artist’s books in and about wildland forests, to create art that explores mystery, reverence, and delight, while grappling with vanishing habitats.

Biographical Note

Andie Thrams was born in Oakland and received a BA from UC Berkeley in art practice in 1975. She lived outside Anchorage, Alaska for many years, but returned to the Sierra Nevada with her husband to live in Coloma. She has taught and exhibited in many venues, has had residencies at the Sitka Center for the Art and Ecology, Denali and Yosemite National Parks, the Andrews Experimental Forest, and many facilities within the University of California Natural Reserve System. She is predominantly a book artist and is represented by Vamp & Tramps Booksellers in Birmingham, AL, the nation’s premier dealer in artist books.

Scope and Content

Andie Thrams uses watercolors, ink, woodblock printing and other techniques to make artist’s books in and about wildland forests, to create art that explores mystery, reverence, and delight, while grappling with vanishing habitats. Merging the lineages of illuminated manuscripts and natural history field journals with a contemporary art and science awareness, her imagery weaves intricate botanical detail into rich layers of shape, color, and hand-lettered text to evoke the complex interconnections within ecosystems of the Greater West, as well as personal memory. Materials include printed exhibition ephemera, documents, postcards, and a small book in the form of a scroll.


Materials are arranged in folders. Folders 1-5 are by project, which are organized by date and then alphabetically, while folder 6 contains exhibition and promotional materials.

Inclusive Dates


Bulk Dates


Quantity / Extent

.5 cubic feet



Related Archive Collections

  • CAE1201: Cedra Wood: Land Arts and Riverland Biosphere in Australia
  • CAE1608: Sagehen Creek Field Station: Artists in Residence Program
  • CAE2208: Heather and Michael Llewellyn: FOREST⇌FIRE
  • CAE2214: Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss
  • CAE2215: Jonathon Keats: Centuries of the Bristlecone

Related Publications

Abel, David. Rose: Domestic Romance No. 1. Albuquerque, NM: Salient Seedling Press, 1994.

Bergelt, Tatjana. Pas De Deux. Finland/Germany: Self Published, 2022.

Berner, Megan. In a Shifting Landscape. Reno, NV: Megan Berner, 2011.

Bruggeman, Inge. The Quickest Forever. Reno, NV: Inge Bruggeman, 2017.

Chalfin, Liz. Pit. Florence, MA: Liz Chalfin, 2020.

Koh, Eunkang. City Paradise. Reno NV: Eunkang Koh, 2011.

Kuehn, Katherine, and David Abel. Selected Durations. Albuquerque, NM: Salient Seedling Press & Diwan, 1996.

Long, Mary Ellen. Site and Spirit. Durango, CO: Mary Ellen Long, 1985.

National Art Library (Great Britain). The Art of the Book: From Medieval Manuscript to Graphic Novel. London: New York: V&A Publications; Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, 2001.

Reed, Marcia. Artists and their Books: Books and their Artists. Los Angeles, California: The Getty Research Institute, 2018.

Seppey, Viviane Rombaldi. Layered Horizons. New York, NY: Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, 2018.

Sepúlveda-Pulvirenti, Emma, Allyson Adams, Darrell P. Lockhart, Claudia E. Ortega-Lukas, Robert E. Blesse, and Carol Pallesen. Patagonia Inside. Reno, NV: E. Sepulveda; Allyson Adams, 2001.

Shafer, Jaime. old geiger grade. Reno, NV: Black Rock Press, 2016.

Container Listing:

  • CAE Box 288

    • Folder 1 Field Studies, 2011 – 2019
    • Folder 2 Backcountry, 2022
    • Folder 3 Birdsong, 2018 – 2022
    • Folder 4 Forest Prayer Flags, 2022
    • Folder 5 Hope, 2022
    • Folder 6 Exhibition and Promotional Ephemera, 2007 – 2022

Additional Materials

    CAE Box 174 Tray 1 Small Objects

    • 5#16 Mass Unraveling (from the Hope Project), Artist Book, 2022