|Artist / Creator||Lynn Skordal|
|Place of Publication||Mercer Island, WA|
|Number of Images||9 photo jackets|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion-style bound with decoratively-cut kozo paper hinges|
|Medium / Materials||Vintage class photos in small photo holders, embroidery thread, fabric, beads, scraps from 1931 collage yearbook|
|Paper Stock||Vintage photos, Lokta and kozo papers|
|Number of Pages||18 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||3.75 x 5.25 x 2 inches|
|Box / Wrapper||Wrap-around cover with hidden magnetic closure|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Dear Mary is a unique artist's book. The cover and endpapers are fashioned from a dismantled 1931 college yearbook. Inside are nine vintage college photographs, each in its own cardboard folder, which have been altered (by the artist) with hand-embroidery, beading and appliqued fabric scraps. The photographs have been bound together accordion-style with decorative hand-cut hinges of Japanese kozo paper. The only text in the book are the messages that were handwritten to "Mary" by each of her fellow students from an unnamed college in Waterloo, Iowa.
Artist BioLynn lives and works on an island in the middle of a lake surrounded by a big city, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After retiring from the practice of law in 2008, 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.