United States: circa 1930. Single volume, measuring 9.5 x 7.5 inches: . Original full black leather, flexible blind-ruled boards, all edges stained red. Typed notes mounted on 28 pages, hand-painted designs mounted on 21 pages with tissue guards. Table of contents after title page. Light edgewear to binding, chip to lower spine with some loss, paper clip marks to head of first three leaves.
Original student workbook on color theory and Art Deco design, consisting of typed notes, followed by striking hand-painted and collaged compositions that meet various design challenges. The workbook opens with “New Principles of Color and Design,” which have “turned all art topsy-turby” [sic], singling out five principles of composition “originated by A.W. Dow.” Dow’s 1899 book Composition was influential in the early years of the twentieth century, introducing Japanese aesthetic principles into American art instruction; Dow later became a mentor to Georgia O’Keeffe. After her introduction, Low executes a series of increasingly difficult design “problems,” from basic color sequences and fundamental forms to abstract original renderings of flora and fauna in Art Deco style. The final two problems, “Surface Pattern” and “Tree of Life,” are described but not completed. A wonderful survival, offering insight into practical art instruction in America between the wars.