This book grew out of my consideration of the things we pick up and discard, both in terms of physical objects in our lives and in terms of the traits we see in others and either adopt or reject. I was thinking specifically of the late Virginia Lindberg, a lovely woman who made an off-hand comment to me once that I’m sure didn’t even register with her, but which has stayed with me and helped me to see what true kindness is.
I wanted the book to be made from scraps and formed into something larger. I started with narrow strips of Rives Heavyweight left over from another project, folding them into what I call an ‘infinity fold,’ which is basically a figure 8.
Figuring out how to create something new (to me, anyway) felt like a fitting homage to Hedi Kyle, as did making a video for my website so that I could help others learn how to master the technique.
The pages were relief printed after construction with closed-cell neoprene that had been impressed with patterns from thrift store finds, including textiles, discarded hand-work, thread, and books. The text (Pulled apart, Scattered, Lost, Found, Picked Up, Stitched In, Passed Down.) is impressed onto Rives Heavyweight paper with a Montgomery Wards label maker.
paper, thread, book cloth
About the artist:
Lives in Pendleton, Oregon, United States
Roberta Lavadour’s work is fueled by a rampant curiosity, exploring diverse themes inspired by everything from yard sale finds to her tangled family history. She’s been exhibiting artist’s books for more than 20 years and has been recognized as an Oregon Arts Fellow by the Oregon Arts Commission. She’s been a featured presenter at many venues, including the Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence seminar, Paper and Book Intensive and Focus on Book Arts. Her work resides in collections across the country and in several international venues.