|Artist / Creator||Julie Shaw Lutts|
|Place of Publication||Salem, MA|
|Medium / Materials||Vintage box containing book "pages" that sit in slots inside of box. Pages are two sided: one side contains reproductions of single antique baby photographs on each page; the second side contains a single baby photo puzzle that the reader assembles to create a large image. Pages are dipped in wax and sewn with thread. Lid of box is adorned with a doll's head and a title plaque.|
|Number of Pages||20|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||9 x 5 x 7 inches (closed); 11.5 x 20 x 29 inches (open)|
Baby Book, was inspired by the many snapshots and photographs and even tintypes I found featuring adorable babies. Each of the 20 pages of the artist book are waxed and housed in a vintage wooden box.
Artist BioJulie Shaw Lutts, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, is a collage, assemblage, and book artist who lives and works on the east coast. The artist scavenges flea markets, yard sales and gathers items on her travels to inspire her work. Old photographs, tintypes, handwritten letters, odd medical devices, vintage diaries, found objects, curious personal ephemera, and all kinds of mixed media are used to create her artist books, collages and constructions. Julie has a deep respect for the stories to be found in history, and uses the antique objects she finds as touchstones to imagine fresh narratives throughout her work. Combining these historical mementos with her own photographs and images creates the foundation of her work, into which she then blends influences from contemporary culture. Julie’s artist books, collages and assemblages are all one-of-a-kind works.. She has been called a “visual anthropologist”, as so much of her work explores layers of memory, identity, and personal histories through thoughtful visual narratives.