|Artist / Creator||Janet Reynolds|
|Place of Publication||Houston, TX|
|Contributors||Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cook Book|
|Process / Technique||Color copy of a scanned photograph|
|Number of Images||6|
|Image Process||Hand painted images, scanned photograph|
|Structure / Binding||Star book|
|Medium / Materials||Gouache, gel pen, marker, fabric, embroidery thread, linen ribbon|
|Paper Stock||Lenox paper, Canson Mi-Teintes|
|Number of Pages||5|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches|
|Signed & Numbered||Unsigned|
Over recent years, I’ve been talking with friends about necessary life skills, like how to sew a button and to cook and navigate the kitchen. Because my daughter has recently become interested in cooking and creating in the kitchen, I have been reminiscing about my first experiences in the kitchen as a child. The recipe that inspired this star book was one that I made countless times as a child for my family. It is from the 1967 Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cook Book. I wanted this book to take on a vintage feel. The cover is created from a cross-stitched tablecloth that my mother passed on to me. The patterns on the dishes and the outer frames of the pages were inspired by Corningware dishes with the charming Cornflower pattern. The photo on the last page is my mother and me in the kitchen, another inspiration for the book.
Artist BioJanet Reynolds is an artist and art teacher. She has been teaching art to children ages 3 to 14 for five years. Her interest in book arts began when she attending a book arts studio course at Boston University. She earned her Masters in Art Education from BU in January of 2013. Her Thesis was an auto ethnographic study exploring artistic learning through tunnel books. Prior to earning her Masters, Janet earned her B.A. in Commercial Art from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH. |Janet is interested in the architecture of churches and has made several tunnel books incorporating this subject matter. She also enjoys learning new ways to make accordion books, hand stitched books, and experimenting with other forms of sculptural bookmaking. She currently lives in Houston and is a member of the Houston Book Arts Guild.