This work meant a lot to me, primarily because I knew how much it meant to the woman who commissioned it. My client had a collection of letters and well-loved family recipes, collected though decades. These recipe cards were beautiful–they were hand-written cursive, or typewritten, stained from years of use, discolored as the papers aged.
I have never been much into cooking or baking. However, I do understand the importance family recipes hold for people, as well as the fact that keeping and trading traditional recipes is now an almost lost art form. People can have an emotional connection to these odd bits of what essentially becomes intrinsic to their family histories. The fact that my client trusted me with these important items meant a lot to me. I scanned and reprinted all of her letters, notes, and recipes (keeping the originals unarmed and still readable/useable). My client wanted a larger work, using these documents, as well as heavy textural elements and other imagery that reminded her of her cherished memories of her loving mother.