Lost and Found

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I received this sweet email the other day regarding one of the Lost and Found books:

Hi Amanda,
I meant to send this to you ages ago… I took one of your Lost & Found books from your table at an art event at Club Congress in April. I loved it so much, it was difficult to let it go, but I managed to do it. I “lost” it at the Little Free Library in Dunbar-Spring, on 2nd St and 10th Ave. I wanted to make sure it didn’t get rained on or thrown in the trash, so I thought this was a safe place. Though I’m sure you were prepared for the risks involved in losing your book, I regret not including your contact information in the book before I lost it. Maybe someday, it’ll come back to you, somehow.
Thanks for sharing your art with me. Here are some photos, attached.

I started this project with no expectation of getting a response, so I’m amazed that anyone has gotten back to me at all. I’m delighted!

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found Books (Part II)

Aha, finally!  Here are select photos of my newest project, the Lost and Found Books.

I think the pseudo-collophan (how do you spell that word?) explains it pretty well:

This book, an homage to what is lost and what is found and what that says about us, includes hand-set letterpress type, the silliest dingbats found in Case 27, etchings and engravings of both known and ambiguous origin, Xerox transfers from an old project, a print of a circuit board that Jake Hintze messed up on, and one lonely relief print from a block acquired at the gem show.

Remember that what is lost is often found.

This edition(ish) of artist books focuses on the many meanings of Lost and Found, because it is through the discarded, reclaimed and sought out that our values are implicitly communicated.  Like any other Lost and Found, I made these books without much of a plan.  I filled the pages as I went with found stories and images to create my own little Lost and Found in book form.  The final step is to lose the books (after, of course, the Letterpress show at the end of the month), returning them to the larger Lost and Found that the content originally came from.

(Can you tell that last bit is my artist statement?  It’s all formal-like and a little stuffy.  Maybe I’ll start making artist statements less stuffy and more delightful and more blog-like.  But still intellectual.  This sounds hard, but I will try.)

The Lost and Found Books (Part II)

Ongoing side project: Lost and Found books (part one)

You may or may not remember that I made a set of little gold and white books to hang over the BOOK CASTLE.  As I was cleaning my desk last week, I thought, “I bet these books will sit on my desk for the rest of my life.”  So instead of accepting these little guys as desktop clutter, I’ve decided to fill them up with drawings, collage, and text.  But the project doesn’t end there; I am going to strategically place them in the library.  Lost and Found books, get it?

The above picture is my favorite page spread so far.

Ongoing side project: Lost and Found books (part one)