The multimedia experiment first began about three or four five years ago, when Laidlaw was pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He wrote an individual poem about Bonnie and decided that it was written by Clyde. Then he tried to move on. After repeatedly finding himself chronicling the couple’s relationship, myriad roster of crimes, and larger-than-life status as contemporary folk heroes, however, he decided to try to build the poems into a project of their own.
Paper Darts was more than happy to illuminate Laidlaw's music, giving it a physical form that music and poetry lovers alike could appreciate. The chapbook is crafted in beautiful, heavy-weight paper, with stunning illustrations by Allegra Lockstadt and art direction/design by Dakota Sexton. We combed over every detail to bring you an entire experience, from the second you turn the first page, to the last note you listen to on the record.
The project is funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board and by a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Grant.