Soon summer will be here, and for those with kids in their lives, that usually means trips to the library or book store and hours of arts and crafts. The other day I was thinking about the activity of actually making books -- simple accordion style -- when I stumbled upon the ne plus ultra of book arts (to my eyes at least), Warja Honegger-Lavater's Little Red Riding Hood.
Swiss-born Honegger-Lavater worked as an illustrator for the magazine Jeunesse in the 1940s and 50s and later moved to New York where she created a magical series of artist's books. Her books are narrative, but she uses varied colors and symbols as substitutes for words. In her visual adaptation of the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, for example, she uses a red dot to represent Red Riding Hood.
Wellesley College has a very special book arts collection and Honegger-Lavater's Little Red Riding Hood is part of it. This is a good month to visit museum and college web sites to check out available workshops and camps for both children and adults. Everything might not be filled up yet.
Credits from the top: Illustration de Warja Lavater pour Le Petit Chaperon rouge. Paris, Maeght, 1965. (474 x 16 cm) BnF, Estampes et Photographie (Tc 134-4) © Maeght éditeur. ADAGP Paris 2001. Expositions;
Full view of Little Red Riding Hood, 1971, courtesy Wellesley Library;
Le Petit Chaperon rouge illustré par Warja Lavater. Paris, Maeght, 1965. (474 x 16 cm) BnF, Estampes et Photographie (Tc 134-4) © Maeght éditeur. ADAGP Paris 2001. Expositions.