Thursday, September 14, 2006

picture stories

warja honegger lavater was born in switzerland in 1913. she worked in design before moving to new york in the early 60's. at that time, she created a number of accordion books that told stories through pictures. the first page usually has a "key" where abstract shapes are named as stand ins for people, places, things. it looks like she then painted one long huge panel, from right to left, telling the story by repeating shapes in a kind of narrative. i love the idea that somehow abstract drawing/painting could be created similar in process to telling a bedtime story.

the images here are from william tell, published in 1966. the single pages are only 3.5" x 4.75", the images below are two page spreads. the whole book opened flat is 4.75" x 76".


Blogger bloggsy said...


you know, we have a lot of blank walls if you need to store any of this stuff in a nicely framed edition.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on the last page of the story, why are there 2 more blue dots with Tell and his son? This is the one peice of the story that has remained a mystery to me.

9:09 PM  
Blogger the art of memory said...

hey steve, i just got a copy of this and looked it up for more info, not surprised to see it here, pretty amazing book

11:22 AM  
Blogger sroden said...

yeah, i have a couple of these, they are amazing!

7:08 PM  

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