Gertrude Stein: Tender Buttons
By Erika Goering,
Filed under: KCAI, Typography3
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My goal for this project was to typographically illustrate my interpretation of the syllabic rhythm of Tender Buttons. I put various levels of emphasis on the syllables that should be stressed, and I use translucent layering between pages to show the density of those stressed moments. Layering these rhythms on top of each other gives the reader a feeling of being inside Gertrude Stein’s head; seeing her poems come forward out of her stream of consciousness. The reader also, by the very nature of this project, sees into my own line of thinking and how I interpreted the work.
Last, but not least, the cover. My cover gives a hint regarding the structure inside. There are usually six lines, and the syllabic and visual density shifts from one word to the next in a syncopated rhythm.