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Julie Shaw Lutts
Salem, Massachusetts

Baby Book (Life Size Baby Included)
Mixed media Artist Book, vintage wooden box, paper, thread, wire, encaustic wax, vintage doll parts. This piece includes a collection of hand stitched pages with vintage baby pictures on one side. When the pages are turned over you can puzzle together a photograph of a life size baby.
9" x 5" x7" (closed) 11.5" x 20" x 29" (open)


Spelling Bee
Mixed Media Artist Book, vintage wooden triangular box houses the 'students', each with their dictionary word. Glass, brass letterpress spacers, original tintypes, paper, antique children's eyeglasses.
12" x 3" x 3" (closed) 12" x 3" x5" (open)


Julie Shaw Lutts has worked in collage and assemblage for years. More recently she has combined those processes into her one-of-a-kind artist books. Using a wide variety of media including maps, old diaries, tintypes, old photographs, handwritten letters, encaustic, vintage boxes, strange medical devices, keepsakes and relics, found in various flea markets around the world, her books make connections between these elements and create a narrative that draws them together. "Her pieces are endlessly captivating and uncommonly beautiful. Her dedication to the work is evident in the care she gives each item, flawlessly executed and responsibly presented regardless of form or intention. She is a visual anthropologist." Shaw Lutts has shown extensively in both solo and group exhibits. Her work is in collections both public and private. It has also been featured in the recent book "100 New England Artists" and many issues of "Central Booking Magazine". Most recently she received the "Librarian's Choice Award" in the "Common Threads" Exhibit, held at the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland Oregon.

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