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Lynn Skordal — Kudos and New Works

Muscle Cars, Rat Rods and American Girls by Lynn Skordal

Muscle Cars, Rat Rods and American Girls by Lynn Skordal

Long-time gallery and collector favorite Lynn Skordal recently sent a batch of new books. I am always get so excited to open Lynn’s box of treasures! She has a way of creating artist books with collage that are smart, intelligent, dreamy, curious, creative and not to mention superbly technically perfect. Her unique artist books are a joy to show off to both book arts fans and those new to the medium. Her collaged pages draw viewers deep into the images first, and then once they are drawn in, I point out that they are created with painstaking old-fashioned scissors and glue. Lynn’s perfection always draws admiration. Not a rough cut or goober a glue can be found anywhere and her incorporation of vintage books, papers and other found objects create further dimension.

Seattle Art Museum librarian Traci Timmons recently featured Lynn’s work on the Museum blog with an article that tied Lynn’s work to the current Andrew Wyeth exhibit. Check out this opening paragraph:

“In Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, we see how Wyeth masterfully conveys a sense of place, constructing a certain reality or vision of landscapes, domestic spaces, and people of rural Pennsylvania and the coastal villages of Maine. For the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library‘s current book installation, we examine an artist’s book that also conveys a sense of place, one that is carefully constructed yet imagined.”

Read the full article here.

La Cite' des Animaux by Lynn Skordal

La Cite’ des Animaux by Lynn Skordal

Using artist books to make connections with current exhibitions or even particular works in a collection is happening more frequently these days with broadened outreach efforts. Many museum and gallery curators and librarians use artist books to foster deeper conversations about art and the relationships between materials, structures, concepts or subject matters. Artist books also bring teaching opportunities, making art more accessible and relatable for a variety of audiences.

Thank you Traci for your efforts and congratulations Lynn for such an honor!

Click here to see Lynn Skordal artist books currently available at 23 Sandy.

Enjoy!

New Works, New Trip!

The Skin Square, the Pupil Square (Deluxe Edition) by Kyoko Matsunaga

The Skin Square, the Pupil Square (Deluxe Edition) by Kyoko Matsunaga

Very excited to head to Texas tomorrow with a box of beautiful books. My first trip since closing the gallery includes new books by Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Mari Eckstein Gower, Kyoko Matsunaga, Linda Welch and more!

Check out all the new works updated on the 23 Sandy web site. 

Thank You Book #1 to Celebrate the First 10 Years of 23 Sandy

Sabbatical. Liberty. Furlough. Interlude. Break. Bring it on!

Closing up the retail side of 23 Sandy Gallery, selling the building, moving and all that madness took entirely too long. Running the gallery for 10 very successful and satisfying years took a bit of a toll on this maker’s soul. I longed for studio time every day during those zillion-hour-a-week years of showing the world the glory of book art, organizing exhibitions and working with so many very talented artists. Hopefully, very soon, life will settle down to the point where I can get back into the studio and re-establish my creative practice.

In the meantime: Thank You Books. A series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy, all free, open-edition books, perhaps one-sheet wonders, perhaps not. But, all aimed at thanking the oh so many artists, librarians, visitors and supporters of the gallery.

The first book: GBW Tacoma 2017. Book #1 in this series of thank you books was made as a keepsake for the Guild of Bookworkers Standards Conference held in late October in Tacoma, Washington. I have been a member of the Guild of Bookworkers for nearly 20 years and it was great fun to hand out the books to my many guild friends and say thank you for the inspiration, education and support. The photos in the book are vintage “Roadside Americana” in Tacoma.

This book is a four-sided, one-sheet carousel book adapted from Ed Hutchins’ Book Dynamics. (Order your copy and get to know this superstar book artist and all-around great guy at artistbooks.com.) Ed was an early teacher and friend in my book arts world and his work continues to inspire after all these years. Thank you, Ed.

You can download a free PDF of the GBW Tacoma book here or by clicking on the thumbnail at left. Print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-stop instructions to cut and fold into the miniature carousel book shown above. I printed mine at Staples on 67# card stock for about a buck and they look great. You could also reduce to fit on whatever size paper fits in your own printer for an even smaller miniature book.

***UPDATE 1/13/18*** A second version of this sweet little book was created to celebrate the Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Meeting in January 2018. Click here to download the PSBA version PDF.  Plus, you can learn more about the superbly-organized and always-inspiring PSBA here.

Sabbaticals are meant to be a defined period and my plan is a year of making, which will hopefully begin in April 2018. But, have no fear, during this creative interlude, I’m still making time for a bit of private artist book dealer duty. I just hope that I don’t squander this opportunity to create!

Happy folding,

Laura

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