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The High Road

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[2011]
Down Home Girl Studio

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An artist's book containing a text about the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped construct the Parkway, as well as reminiscences by the artist's family. In a two-layer accordion structure (the front layer shaped at top edge to simulate a mountain range), with eight conventional pages sewn into the gutter between the front cover and the accordion and eight more between the back cover and the accordion. In unhinged paper-covered boards with blind-embossed illustrations and title printed on front. Issued in a card stock envelope with tab-and-slot closure.

"Letterpress printed on handmade denim paper using a combination of photopolymer plates and reduction linoleum blocks. Typeface is Candara"--Vamp & Tramp Booksellers website, viewed Sept. 27, 2013.

"The High Road is inspired by the Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches from Virginia to North Carolina and affords a scenic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. My grandfather worked for FDR's Civil[ian] Conservation Corps in the early 1930's, helping to clear the right of way for the parkway. The front pamphlet of the accordion describes my grandfather's history with CCC. The center portion of the accordion shows a map of the Blue Ridge Parkway with milepost markers that are significant to my family's history on the parkway. The back pamphlet of the accordion describes several memories written by some members of my family. Five generations of my family have spent time on the parkway. Other notes: The plants visible in both the background of the accordion and the pastedowns inside the front and back cover are inspired by rhododendrons and are created with reduction linoleum blocks--a process similar to some Japanese woodcut prints. Rhododendrons surrounded my house growing up and are native to the parkway as well. Rhododendron is a motif that shows up regularly in my work because of its implicit duality. When hiking, it is a good sign of water to see it growing. However, it is poisonous to burn its wood because it puts of [sic] toxins when it is on a fire. It is symbolic of both life and death"--Artist's statement on Vamp & Tramp Booksellers website, viewed Sept. 27, 2013.

Title

The High Road

Creator

Publisher

Down Home Girl Studio

Date

[2011]

Description

http://downhomegirlstudio.com/home.html

An artist's book containing a text about the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped construct the Parkway, as well as reminiscences by the artist's family. In a two-layer accordion structure (the front layer shaped at top edge to simulate a mountain range), with eight conventional pages sewn into the gutter between the front cover and the accordion and eight more between the back cover and the accordion. In unhinged paper-covered boards with blind-embossed illustrations and title printed on front. Issued in a card stock envelope with tab-and-slot closure.

"Letterpress printed on handmade denim paper using a combination of photopolymer plates and reduction linoleum blocks. Typeface is Candara"--Vamp & Tramp Booksellers website, viewed Sept. 27, 2013.

"The High Road is inspired by the Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches from Virginia to North Carolina and affords a scenic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. My grandfather worked for FDR's Civil[ian] Conservation Corps in the early 1930's, helping to clear the right of way for the parkway. The front pamphlet of the accordion describes my grandfather's history with CCC. The center portion of the accordion shows a map of the Blue Ridge Parkway with milepost markers that are significant to my family's history on the parkway. The back pamphlet of the accordion describes several memories written by some members of my family. Five generations of my family have spent time on the parkway. Other notes: The plants visible in both the background of the accordion and the pastedowns inside the front and back cover are inspired by rhododendrons and are created with reduction linoleum blocks--a process similar to some Japanese woodcut prints. Rhododendrons surrounded my house growing up and are native to the parkway as well. Rhododendron is a motif that shows up regularly in my work because of its implicit duality. When hiking, it is a good sign of water to see it growing. However, it is poisonous to burn its wood because it puts of [sic] toxins when it is on a fire. It is symbolic of both life and death"--Artist's statement on Vamp & Tramp Booksellers website, viewed Sept. 27, 2013.

Rights

Courtesy of the artist

Format

Artists' books--Alabama
Accordion fold format

Source

Vanderbilt University Special Collections, Southern Civilization Collection

Files

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Citation

Sawyer, Suzanne, “The High Road,” Gallery, accessed April 10, 2021, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/1290.