|Artist / Creator||Lynn Skordal|
|Place of Publication||La Conner, WA|
|Process / Technique||Inkjet images and vintage book scraps|
|Number of Images||26 collage illustrations|
|Structure / Binding||Spiral wire binding|
|Medium / Materials||Repurposed vintage cardboard lunch box, library card pocket, old report card, vintage photo, cuttings from vintage primary school early readers|
|Paper Stock||Strathmore 400 paper|
|Number of Pages||28 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Book 9 x 6 x 0.75 inches closed. Lunchbox measures 10 x 7 x 3.25 inches closed.|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Early Lessons is a re-imagined child’s early reader which relates the somewhat woeful story of Tom, Sally and their pets and family on an extended journey through Europe. Pictures and text were cut from several vintage early readers, and collaged onto reproductions of photochrom travel postcards from the late 1900’s. The story uses only words and phrases from the early readers, so that a first grader could (but probably shouldn’t!) read the dubious adventures. The book is spiral wire bound and housed in a repurposed, collaged cardboard lunch box. Tucked into the box are several other vintage items, including a class photo, a report card and an apple for teacher.
Artist BioLynn lives and works in the far Northwest, in a little town on the banks of the Swinomish Channel, near the beautiful Salish Sea. After retiring from the practice of law in 2008, she began making artist’s books and small works on paper. Old-style cut and 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. She says: “For me, collage is about juxtaposition -- in materials, methods and content – and there’s always a story with a little bit of mystery to it. My pieces often mix historical images and popular culture, with a little dash of magical realism. The goal is always to startle, amuse or provoke." Lynn's work has appeared in collage and book arts exhibitions across the country, and her work appears in a number of public and private collections.