|Title||Grand Rapids 1937|
|Artist / Creator||Lynn Skordal|
|Place of Publication||Mercer Island, WA|
|Structure / Binding||Altered book|
|Medium / Materials||Altered city directory, satin ribbon, dressmaker pins, black gesso, inkjet images, craft foam, vintage library book pocket|
|Paper Stock||Vintage Polk city directory|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||7 x 10.75 x 3.25 inches|
|Box / Wrapper||Presented in a repurposed black file box|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Grand Rapids 1937 is a unique altered book. The original book was a 1937 edition of Polk's Grand Rapids City Directory, which included for the first time a designation of those homes and businesses having a telephone, and which aspired to be "...a mirror truly reflecting Grand Rapids to the world." Most of the directory has been carved away to provide a view of 152 of the men, women and children inhabiting that small Midwestern city. The only added text appears on a ribbon bookmark: Always remember where you came from, even if you travel far, and especially if you aren't sure where you're going...
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.