Lynn generally worked at comic-strip size, which varies by artist — Lynn’s Sundays are approximately 9″ x 13″, and her dailies are approximately 3.5″ x 11″. The majority of her non-strip art was done on letter-sized paper (see previous blog entries in this series), but on certain occasions, we’ve had to handle art Lynn made on a much bigger scale. Here are a couple methods we’ve used to store bigger pieces.
In this third entry of our blog series (about archiving and preserving Lynn’s work – see earlier entries here), we’re covering ways of keeping and storing small works on paper.
Miscellaneous collections of paper (stacks & shoeboxes):
Lynn’s father-in-law, Tom, made scrapbooks of every piece of Lynn-related ephemera he could find.
Thanks to him, we have a rich collection of photos, newspaper clippings, and other tidbits from the first decade or so of her cartooning career. Without Tom’s efforts, we would have a lot more gaps in our strip collection, and far fewer pieces of fascinating correspondence between Lynn and her peers in the 80s.
Hi; Steph here (Lynn’s website developer and enthusiastic organizer-of-stuff). In our last blog entry, Lynn mentioned that we’ve been cataloguing and archiving artwork that dates back to her student days.
Here are a couple photos of our workspace, complete with Lynn’s acrylic canvases on the walls and Katie’s pottery lining the shelves by the ceiling.
A note from Lynn:
As you may know, many of the original FBorFW strip illustrations have been donated to Archives Canada and we’re preparing to send a second shipment to them, for storage and preservation. In total, I’ve drawn more than 11,500 strips since 1979!
When you stack them upright in boxes, you begin to fully appreciate just how much work is there! Continue reading