One of the books I picked up recently on a book buying mini-spree is Lenore Tawney’s Signs On The Wind --  Postcard Collages, 2002.  I am familiar with her work as a fiber artist but was completely unaware of the collages. Turns out they are delightful pieces that she mailed to friends, herself, and maybe even her cats. The book format is 8 x 8 inch and as far as I can tell the postcards are presented actual size or close thereto, one per page. It’s a fine addition to any collage book library.

There are a few of her postcards pictured HERE on Flickr

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Comment by Diane Dellicarpini on September 15, 2012 at 3:22pm

I was wondering what bunnyness was.  What a nice story.

Comment by ken coleman on September 15, 2012 at 12:27pm

Love the story. Thanks, Todd.

Comment by Todd Bartel on September 15, 2012 at 11:44am

Cornell was largely inspired to create as a way to inspire is invalid brother Robert. Cornell's early films are a wonderful example of this. Cornell would purchase unwanted films at the strand and other places, and he and Robert would have movie nights. When they got bored with the films Cornell would cut them up and make these wonderfully evocative, romantic spliced films. Anyway, Joseph and Robert had a private club in which unbeknownst to those whom they included on their private list, were all given a "bunny rating." The ratings had a lot to do with how much childlike quality or innocence an individual retained or perhaps how much a person enjoyed whimsy, humor and wonder and of course cuteness. Essentially they rated bunnyness. If you were in the bunny club, you would of course, when ever you visited, be treated to a sit-down meal that usually consisted of Campbell's soup and Twinkies. One of my favorite stories, that is not so much about bunnyness, but the lack there of is when Alan Stone, who did a lot to sell Cornell's work and promote his fame, first came over to visit Joseph. Joseph greeted Alan at the front door and immediately escorted Alan to the kitchen and asked him to wait there. Alan patiently waited and after a long while eventually called out to Joseph who was quietly sitting in the living room. Joesph answered. Alan asked if he could join Joseph in the living room and Joseph refused, saying something to the affect that his energy was too big and he preferred to have the conversations between the two room!

So, my point regarding Lenore Tawney's wonderful collages, is that not only would Joseph be drawn to them, but  he would have undoubtedly given Lenore a bunny rating and added her to his and Robert's list of children-at-heart adults.

Comment by ken coleman on September 15, 2012 at 11:02am

Todd, Cornell Bunny Club . . . ? I did a quick look through my Cornell book and I didn't see anything, at least nothing obvious, about bunnies. Can you say just a little more, please? You've piqued my curiosity and have my attention.

Comment by Todd Bartel on September 15, 2012 at 9:37am

Thanks for posting this Ken, wonderful and whimsical pieces. Cornell would surely have mentally included Lenore in his Bunny Club.

Comment by Diane Dellicarpini on September 14, 2012 at 11:31am

Nice , Thanks for sharing the link.


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