When we were asked to design an invitation for Lost & Found, the prolific ‘night for stray images and sounds’ in Amsterdam we just saw a Samuel van Hoogstraten letterrack in the Dordrechts Museum. We went to see it because of our interest in this type of trompe l'oeil painting, but it struck us that it would also be perfect to convey the eclectic mix that is a night of Lost & Found. How better to show the varied collection of performances, talks and viewings than with a graphic interpretation of a letterrack?
We put the pinboard, with several hints at the content of the evening, on the inside of a three-folded letter which was closed by a red sticker in another tribute to the 17th century letter as depicted on the paintings.
As a disclaimer we must add that we used a different painting than Samuel van Hoogstraten’s for the outline of the design. Instead we used a letterrack by Edward Collier, a painter that was influenced by van Hoogstraten and who applied himself exclusively on the painting of these type of letterrack paintings in his later years.