|Artist / Creator||Lynn Skordal|
|Place of Publication||La Conner, WA|
|Structure / Binding||Altered book|
|Medium / Materials||Vintage book, Lokta paper, embroidery thread, scrap ribbons & lace, glass seed beads, metal charms & buttons|
|Number of Pages||8 double-sided accordion panels|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||6 x 8.5 x 2.5 inches closed. Book extends out to 34 inches.|
|Box / Wrapper||Storage box (repurposed cardboard box)|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Bright Threads is a unique altered book in the form of a rescue project. The original book, also called Bright Threads, was a small damaged 1897 book of essays for women, which had loose, torn covers and disintegrating pages. Part of the original cover was preserved and inset into the cover of a repurposed vintage dictionary, which was then recovered with patterned Lokta paper. The title pages and some of the original text pages are preserved as an 8-panel accordion-style, collaged booklet, which nestles into a niche hand-cut out of the dictionary text block. Underneath the accordion booklet there are eight "text-ribbons;" excerpts and text snippets from pages too fragile to handle were copied and sewn into fancy ribbons, and then decorated with lace, beading and charms, ready to be handled and read.
Artist BioLynn lives and works in the tiny town of La Conner in the far Northwest corner of the US. After retiring from the practice of law ten years ago, she began making artist’s books and small works on paper. Old-style cut & paste collage has been and remains a favorite medium, and she frequently also incorporates sewing techniques, thread, fabric, metal, wood and other materials into her pieces. The goal is always to tell a story that might startle, amuse or provoke. Lynn's work has appeared in book arts and collage exhibitions across the country, in books and magazines, and is included in many public and private collections across the country.