Julie Shaw Lutts
Alfred Ashley's Family Album
mixed media: vintage jewelry box, maps, tin types, antique German porcelain Charlotte dolls, handwritten letters, photographs, glass negative, found objects; 5"x 7” x 4" (closed), 11"x7"x10" (open); 2010
This piece was inspired by a found letter from a man named Alfred Ashley. His fantastic signature was so unique, and his handwriting so beautiful, I was inspired to create a narrative of his family. Using tin types, maps, photographs, old letters, I collaged them in to a small accordion book. The book measures 3" x 36" when open and is housed in it's own small drawer within the jewel box.