Julie Shaw Lutts

Geological Story, 2011
Mixed Media, 11 x 8 x 3.5, Housed in a vintage wooden box. 18 ‘pages’ in flash card form. Rock samples, Malachite, Quartz and Amethyst. $1100
JulieShawLutts Geological Story 1
JulieShawLutts Geological Story 2





Be Prepared, 2012
Mixed media, 12 x 7 x 6 (closed) 12 x 12.5 x 6 (open). $1200
Each of the 21 pages of this artist book are collaged, waxed and sewn with a vintage Girl Scout pin on the top. The pages can be laid out to create a large story. ‘Be Prepared’, explores the Girl Scouts who are celebrating their 100 anniversary. The Girl Scouts were really quite progressive; early on they had badges for “Interperpreter’, “Business Women”, “International Knowledge”, plus good advice if you find yourself lost in the woods. This piece uses images collaged from two copies of ‘The Girl Scout Handbook’, dated 1917 and 1929.





Optical Time Machine, 2011
Mixed Media Artist Book, 13 x 9 x 4 inches (closed), 13 x 9 x 11.5 inches (open).
This piece is housed in a vintage wooden box, complete with antique safety glasses, small binoculars, compass, grey matter, various tools and a 24 page book called ‘Optical Experiments’. These items will be necessary when you use this artist book for time travel. One of a kind. $1100





Spelling Bee, 2011
Mixed Media, 12 x 3 x 3 inches closed, 12 x 3 x 5 inches open, housed in a unique triangular wood box, original tintypes, brass, antique children’s eyeglasses, one of a kind Artist Book. $900.

Number Map, 2010
One of a kind Artist Book. Vintage wooden box, felt, old gold painted numbers on metal, bakelite rings, old military uniform numbers, thread, wax, 12 x 17 x 3.5 inches. $1000

Lepidopterous Journey, 2012
Mixed Media, Paper, Wax, Thread, Antique Blue Wooden Box, 8 x 8 x 3.5 inches closed, 22 x 28 inches open, Unique. $1100

Statement

Working as a mixed media artist has allowed me to combine a wide variety of found objects, ephemera, and traditional media in my collage, assemblage and artist books. I love to travel and where ever I go I hunt flea markets and old book shops for items and inspiration. I collect old photographs, tintypes, handwritten letters, odd medical devices, vintage diaries, strange found objects, playthings, boxes of all shapes and sizes, and other curious personal ephemera to use in my work. I work with these found objects and ephemera to create new narratives that explore themes of personal histories, identity, memory, family, humor, secrets, and stories.

Biography

Julie Shaw Lutts, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, is a collage, assemblage, and book artist who lives and works on the east coast. She has shown widely, her latest solo show in Boston called Narratives, focused solely on the Book Arts. “ Her works are rich with historical references, visual riddles, elaborate makings, intriguing graphics, layers of colors and textures, aged photographs and beautiful illustrations. She is a visual anthropologist”.

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