Shu-Ju Wang received a 2008 Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant to work one-on-one with four seniors suffering from various stages and forms of memory loss. She met with each senior over a period of several months. Together, they painted or editioned suites of Gocco prints. Then based on the work they did together, back in my studio, Shu-Ju designed and editioned a book. Each senior and her family received 7 copies of their book, and Shu-Ju retained 13.
When the project, as it was defined, came to an end, she decided to start Relay Replay Press, dedicated to working with seniors with dementia to create artist’s books that illuminate the creative lives of the elderly.
Of Marion, Shu-Ju tells us, “It took me a long time to figure out that Marion wanted to paint watercolors. Once I figured that out, she and I spent many wonderful afternoons chatting and painting. She returned again and again to the image of the meadow with trees, hills, and a sunset sky. I chose two to include in her book.”
|Press Name/Publisher||Relay Replay Press|
|Place of Publication||Portland, Oregon|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Double sided accordion structure.|
|Medium/ Materials||Text Gocco printed on Rives BFK and Nepal Heavyweight. Original text and book design by Shu-Ju Wang. Two pages of Marion watercolors reproduced with an Epson Stylus C88+ with DuraBrite Ultra ink.|
|Number of Pages||6 doubles sided accordion pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||7.2 inches square x .4 inches closed|
|Edition Size||Edition of 20|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|