I’ve had a fascination with the life and writings of Gertrude Stein for many years. I admire the strength of character and singularity of purpose that she tempered with a sly sense of humor and a truly original approach to language. Her writing is all at once tender and strong, fanciful and down-to-earth, silly and profound.
In Tender Buttons, I have rendered lines from her book of the same name in calligraphy on folded accordions. I chose lines that appealed to me, such as
“Tidiness is not a delicacy; it does not destroy the whole piece.”
Small buttons are scattered among the accordions when the book is displayed.
paper, ink, buttons
About the artist:
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord works in multiple media with a focus on sculptural bookmaking and calligraphy. Her work has been featured in magazines (Somerset Studio, Fiberarts, Bound & Lettered, and Letter Arts Review) and books (1,000 Artists’ Books, 500 Handmade Books, 500 More Handmade Books, Cover to Cover, The Art of the Handmade Book, and Handmade Books And Cards). It has been exhibited across the U.S. and Canada and in South Korea.