Loves Me/Not – An Artists’ Book About Love and Loss

Part of the BFA series, “Always Reborn,” this structure is one of my favorites. The accordion book has fold up leaves to create pockets and features the reoccurring motif of a daisy – who hasn’t plucked those petals at least once? Designing the structure was a labor of love and precision – for some reason it felt important that the daisy be in the front and back of the pockets so that when you pull out a story, the daisies are still complete.

We’ve all felt them, the rollercoaster ups of being in love and the screaming downhills of being hurt. Loves Me/Not is a collection of 12 real stories gathered from women of all ages about times that they felt loved and times that they felt hurt, betrayed, and left behind.

The stories are tender, poignant and funny. Here is just one of the stories included in Loves Me/Not:

My ex-boyfriend and I decided to call it quits. I wanted to make things work, he was my first love and  I thought we were meant to be together. I still remember calling him that Sunday to talk about our relationship and hearing him
say, “I’m sorry,  I love you, but it’s just too hard.”  I remember feeling my throat go dry, I was completely speechless. I actually felt like my heart had  stopped beating. The days following our breakup I couldn’t eat and I cried myself to sleep at night. This was my first experience with heartbreak.

Loves Me/Not is archival inkjet printed on Rives BFK and is an edition of 10.


2 responses to “Loves Me/Not – An Artists’ Book About Love and Loss

  1. I love making handmade books – there is nothing like it.

    This is beautifully done.

  2. Pingback: Book Arts Jam 2011 | The Space Between Wonder and Why

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