May Basket book
May Basket

By Catherine Michaelis
Vashon Island, Washington: May Day Press, 2002. Edition of 200.

5 x 7" Accordion folded basket shaped book with six flower inserts. Each "flower" has a short printed text regarding May Day and the "flower's" background regarding the Day. Housed in protective hinged plastic case. Hand cut leaves and flowers were painted with acrylics and letterpress printed. The basket fold is a Hedi Kyle design.

Halfway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, May Eve marks a night when the door opens between worlds and spirits pass through. Catherine Michaelis has made Maypoles and baskets since she was a child. This is her favorite basket so far.