Daniel E. Kelm and Jack Carlton
Kelm: American, 1951–; Carlton: American, 20th century

Text by Joe Brown Love and Ruth Winfield Love
Collagraph and silkscreen printing on Rives BFK paper, collage, and pop-up constructions in an accordion binding; case of paperboard, silkscreen printed cloth, nylon straps with plastic buckles, metal rivets, leather, magnets, linen cloth, and various collected artifacts. Produced with the assistance of David Paffhausen and other mechanics at the Wide Awake Garage. Collection of David W. Love. Photographs by Daniel E. Kelm.

Love Album:
A Texas Childhood, 1904-1914


Love Album captures selected childhood memories from Joe Brown Love and Ruth Winfield Love, patriarch and matriarch, respectively, of the notable Texas family. Ten stories, rendered in their respective handwriting (reproduced in silkscreen), the Loves’ reminiscences are laced with humor and potent images of American life during the early 20th century. 

Kelm and collaborator Jack Carlton (who created the images) decided to make this personal multiple “Texas-sized” to fit with the scope of the couple’s stories and legacy. The large accordion book folds out to sixty feet in length, and is decorated with collagraph illustrations, many inspired directly by family photographs. Some of these images are held in photo corners, to mimic the feel of a personal photo album. The book features a series of pop-ups, including a full-sized piano keyboard and an airplane that can be flipped from one page to the next, allowing the reader/viewer to participate in the action of the story.

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