The Telephone Book explores the days when there were party lines, and people needed direction on how to use their new phones. The piece contains a small metal toy telephone which is stored inside the black wood box. When the telephone is taken out it sits on the top of the box held tight by a hidden magnet. There is a 20 page directory which uses vintage photographs of people using their telephones and matched with helpful directions for its use.
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.