Kitchen Stories is an artist book in a recipe box form. Each page shows family & friends in their kitchens cooking, singing, drinking, playing and kissing. Vintage snapshots feature people at the stoves such as ‘Dee Daddy making his famous spaghetti & meatballs’, ‘Aunt Bertha sipping her coffee’ or the classic baby in the sink in ‘Nellie’s Bath’. The 11 recipe cards have old fashion recipes including ‘One-Two-Three Relish’, ‘Icicle Pickles’ and ‘Sour Cream Raisin Pie’. Each of the 22 pages are hand stitched around the edge and can be read and sorted in countless ways.
Julie Shaw Lutts is a book artist exploring themes of history, women, geography, time, mathematics, memory and science, often using vintage items both strange and simple in her work, including maps, diaries, tintypes, photographs, handwritten letters, odd medical devices, keepsakes and relics. Most recently, Lutts published the first artist book app, called The CuRiOuS Alphabet. Her work is held in collections both public and private, including The Tate Britain, Winchester College UK, London College of Communication, Cardiff University UK, Emory University, Olin College of Engineering, Savannah College of Art & Design, The Book Art Museum Lodz, Poland. Her work is featured in 1000 Artists Books, Quarry & 500 Artist Books Volume II, Lark.