Fig 1,2,3 (above) Little Red Riding Hood by Warja Honegger-Lavater
Miguel Tanco mentioned in his post last week the conceptual interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood by Warja Honegger-Lavater (1965), so I feel it is a good time to share this wonderful work.
Fig 4 (above) Warja Honegger-Lavater and Gottfried Honegger
Fig 5 (above) Warja Honegger-Lavater
Little Red Riding Hood is not the first of Warja's works in this style, as she had published a version of William Tell in 1962. Warja's books are notable and unique because they were accordion books and had no text apart from the key of symbols.
Warja Honegger-Lavater (1913-2007) studied at Zurich School of Applied Arts before beginning her successful career as a graphic designer. She married artist and designer Gottfried Honegger and together they had two daughters. She worked for 14 years for the youth magazine Jeunesse (1944-58). In 1958 she moved to New York where she continued her work as a graphic designer in 1962 MoMA published her accordion book William Tell, she went on to develop this concept with a series of fairy tale accordion books.
Using a non-text based interpretation of folk tales is really interesting and clever because it allows the story to be returned to the oral form, not constrained or 'bullied' by the text. Perfect for a child to engage with and construct the story, you can see how small fingers would move around the coloured dots, making sense of it and retelling/ reinventing the tale that they knew so well.