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A Permanent Record showcases Heidi Pitre’s original pen-and-ink drawings created on vintage library borrower cards collected in a book.
A Permanent Record showcases Heidi Pitre’s original pen-and-ink drawings created on vintage library borrower cards collected in a book.
A Permanent Record showcases Heidi Pitre’s original pen-and-ink drawings created on vintage library borrower cards collected in a book.
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My goal is to publish a 10x10" hardcover book of drawings I've created from vintage library borrower cards that date back as far as 1930. These cards are pieces of paper ephemera, created to perform one simple function. My drawings give each unique card a new life as a permanent guest for a collector's wall. 

Signed and matted giclée prints. Click to see all available images.
Signed and matted giclée prints. Click to see all available images.

A Permanent Record will bring these cards together, back home in a book, showcasing the cards with their drawings, complemented by quotations related to the books in which the cards once lived.

Each card was selected from stacks of thousands of forgotten books which were cast aside. The card titles may call to mind times when we lived inside their worlds for a little while, rooted for their characters, or wished that we could be with them-- or be them. The original typewritten information introduces each book with names carefully signed in cursive. Each pen and ink drawing refers to its book in ways best left to the imagination.

A merging of art and literature, nostalgia and history, recycling and reusing. Each one is unique, with the drawing relating to symbolism from the book, or a play on words with the title. This project's intention is to open conversation between generations for discussions of the past, and hopefully create interests by introducing old titles to new readers. 

With my best model at my solo show Time & Flies, 2015.
With my best model at my solo show Time & Flies, 2015.

 

Winning best of show in 2012 at The Cedars in Jackson, MS. Photo on right by Betty Press.
Winning best of show in 2012 at The Cedars in Jackson, MS. Photo on right by Betty Press.

 

Set of three 20 x 30" canvas prints.
Set of three 20 x 30" canvas prints.

 

Available paintings with the Lord of the Flies reward.
Available paintings with the Lord of the Flies reward.
Paintings available in the Brave New World reward package.
Paintings available in the Brave New World reward package.

 

                         
Available paintings for The Moby Dick!
Available paintings for The Moby Dick!

 

Risks and challenges

My biggest challenge in creating this project is the locating of the library cards. The federal government has funded libraries to go digital, making these cards nearly extinct. Emailing, letter writing and phone calls have not worked thus far. My best luck in locating cards has been through good old fashion leg work. Unfortunately that takes time and money, but with your help I can hit the road and begin my scavenger hunt!

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    DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF SMALL! With this pledge you'll receive thank you email from this little NOLA gal.

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    EMBRACE THE NOSTALGIA OF A HANDWRITTEN NOTE. This pledges delivers a handwritten "Permanent Record" thank you note to your mailbox.

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    A Permanent Record

    THE BOOK! This pledge delivers A Permanent Record to your door! The first 500 copies will be signed and includes a very special something on the inside cover! (RP $29)

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    A Confederacy of Dunces

    THE MINX. My favorite pledge - a signed and matted Permanent Record giclée print of your choice. (RP $39)

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    The Shining

    YOU HAVE CABIN FEVER AND NEED TO WRITE FOR HELP! Send someone a handwritten note on this set of 10 - 4.5 x 5" linen note cards. Each set contains two of five different library card drawings, a signed giclée print of your choice, and a signed copy of A Permanent Record.

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    • A set of 10 linen 4.5 x 5" note cards.
    • A signed and matted giclée of The Shining library card. (RP $39)
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    Lolita

    RUST AND STARDUST. This collection gets you a signed copy of A Permanent Record, a ready to hang 20 x 30" canvas print of your choice, and a signed and matted giclee of your choice.

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    • A signed copy of A Permanent Record. (RP $29)
    • A signed matted giclée print of your choice. (Retail Price $39)
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    The Lord of The Flies

    IT'S YOUR TURN FOR THE CONCH. This pledge includes your choice of four original tiny oil paintings by Heidi Pitre (5x5" - 10x10"). See available paintings in the photo at left. First come first serve.

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    The Great Gatsby

    THE ROARING TWENTIES! Jay Gatsby would insist on having an original! This reward includes an original hand drawn library card upon availability. The backer will be given a list of available cards, and may choose one.

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    GET A LITTLE FREAKY! This pledge brings a bit of everything to the table. A signed giclée print of your choice, an original hand drawn library card upon availability, and a signed copy of A Permanent Record.

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    • A signed copy of A Permanent Record. (RP $29)
    • A signed matted giclée print of your choice. (Retail Price $39)
    • An original hand drawn library card upon availability.
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    Brave New World

    BE AN ALPHA PLUS! This pledge includes your choice of five original oil paintings by Heidi Pitre (9x12" or 11x14"). Please visit heidipitre.com to view available works which include: For the L of G!, Apron Strings (green), It Only Hurts A Little, Hot Stove Slave or Smoke Run. This reward also includes a signed copy of A Permanent Record and a signed giclée of your choice. First come first serve.

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    To Kill A Mockingbird

    TREASURES IN THE TREE. This reward has something super special! A set of three ready to hang 20 x 30" canvas library card signed prints of your choice. You will also receive a signed library card giclée print, a set of ten notecards, and of course a signed copy of A Permanent Record.

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    • A signed copy of A Permanent Record. (RP $29)
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    • A signed matted giclée print of your choice. (Retail Price $39)
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    The Moby Dick

    A WHALE OF A DEAL! One of three original Heidi Pitre oil paintings (18x24" or larger), a signed giclée print of your choice, and a signed copy of A Permanent Record. Please visit heidipitre.com to view paintings included in this pledge - "Ice Cream Social" "String Theory" or "Aaahhhhh!"- first come first serve.

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