Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Collection a Day : Collector website > found objects & everyday objects

Collection a Day : Home + Purchase the book (view the blog too)

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Budding Collector > #Kids collect leaves, #Rocks, icicles

Lainey Rocks the House - Arlington, MA Patch:

"My daughter Lainey is four years old and I love her. This kid knows how to stuff her pockets, collecting everything she can.

... Last winter Lainey kept an icicle collection in the freezer until she ate one and dropped the rest on the floor crying. When the first warm spring day came along, Lainey noticed the snow was gone and focused in on the rocks that lay exposed."

Book Collecting | Ars Libri Boston moving to a new home

Art books destination Ars Libri heading for a new home - The Boston Globe

Ars Libri, which was established in 1976, is easily the best place to buy art books off the shelf in Boston. But to Elmar Seibel, the brains behind Ars Libri, that fact is almost incidental. What’s more, due to momentous shifts taking place in the book-selling business, it may not remain the case for much longer.
He has been responsible for establishing whole libraries, including the library of a research institute connected to the world’s richest museum (the Getty); he has been on intimate and influential terms with collectors, scholars, diplomats, philosophers, and artists; and, through both his dealings at Ars Libri and his private collecting, he has pursued a mission to bridge the intellectual and aesthetic divide between the West and the cultures of Persia and Islam.

54 Cereals We Loved and Lost - A Tribute - Urlesque

54 Cereals We Loved and Lost - A Tribute
discontinued cereals
"Remember cartoon-filled mornings as a kid in the 80s and early 90s? ... take a tempting trip back through all the cereals who've moved on to that Big Breakfast in the sky."

Call for submissions: #Cereal Boxes | @UPPERCASE + More Stories

UPPERCASE - Participate:

"Issue 9 of UPPERCASE magazine (spring) explores how food inspires creativity. For this open call, you are invited to submit your cereal box designs and illustrations! ... You can redesign an existing cereal box or feel free to come up with a new name and concept for your cereal.

I plan on making mockups of the best submissions and photographing them for inclusion in the magazine."

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#Typography (& News) from the 40s and 50s = sequel to 60s and 70s book last year @drawn

Drawn - Custom Lettering of the ’40s and ’50s

Custom Lettering of the ’40s and ’50s

Last year’s Custom Lettering of the ’60s and ’70s, Rian Hughes’s massive scrapbook of curated lettering samples culled from movie posters, ads, and other ephemera of the time, was one my favourite books of 2010. It quickly gained a permanent spot on the bookshelf closest to my drawing table, it’s such a great reference book.

Its new successor, Custom Lettering of the ’40s and ’50s now joins it on the shelf. Both books are nothing but pure typographic pornography, carefully sorted by style and tone.

"Rian Hughes’s massive scrapbook of curated lettering samples culled from movie posters, ads, and other ephemera of the time, ... Custom Lettering of the ’40s and ’50s ... [is] nothing but pure typographic pornography, carefully sorted by style and tone."

Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s

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Red Wing Union Stoneware Company + #Pottery Articles

Vintage Red Wing tea set is a keeper
"After the discovery in 1861 of huge, prehistoric clay pit beds near the town of Red Wing, Minn., the area quickly became a center for clay and stoneware manufacturing.
The Red Wing Stoneware Co., formed in 1877, was just one of several local businesses to use the newly found natural resource, but became the central focus of stoneware production after merging with the other local potteries to form the Red Wing Union Stoneware Co. in 1906.

While early production included mostly utilitarian items such as jugs, churns, water coolers and flower pots, Red Wing Stoneware diversified and expanded its production to include art pottery and dinnerware, and it changed its name to Red Wing Potteries in 1936 as a result.
The company closed in 1967, but its technical records, name and legal rights were bought in 1984, and stoneware production resumed under the new owner.

The company was sold again in 1998 but is still in operation, producing kitchenware and decorative items that are well-known throughout the United States and considered collectible by many pottery enthusiasts.
COLLECTING RED WING: The quality, sturdiness and aesthetic appeal of Red Wing stoneware has led it to be dubbed 'the Cadillac of pottery' by many stoneware collectors."

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Cloud Collecting: Field guide to water vapor + reviews and more Books

With Field Guide, a Cloud Enthusiast Is Out to Win Hearts and Minds - NYTimes.com:
"“The Cloud Collector’s Handbook,” published by Chronicle Books, a serious yet charming field guide to clouds. The book teaches readers how to identify clouds they have seen and gives them a place to record the sightings, just the way birders create life lists of the birds they have spotted. It even has a scoring system, in which cloudspotters receive 10 points for ordinary clouds like nimbostratus, the more or less featureless rain clouds people typically have in mind when they say clouds are depressing; 40 points for a cumulonimbus storm cloud, the anvil-shaped “king of clouds”; and more points for more exotic formations"

Mr. Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society (motto: “Look Up and Wonder”), campaigns against the idea that sunny days are best. Still, though the society has more than 25,000 members in 87 countries and counting, encouraging cloud appreciation is uphill work.

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Ultimate Collection > #Earth Species crowd sourced @projectnoah + Reviews

A 21st-Century Field Guide: The Green Life:
Project Noah

"'Networked Organisms and Habitiats,' invites iPhone and Android users to upload pictures of flora and fauna from all over the globe. The goal: to create an online, crowd-sourced field guide (that's also on Twitter).

The app, which underwent a major upgrade in December, can help users identify species based on the phone's GPS coordinates. The website also offers a beautiful user-generated photo gallery of more than 8,500 species from thousands of locations."

New Movie Poster - Brad Pitt & Sean Penn The Tree of Life movir

New Poster - Brad Pitt & Sean Penn

"Fox Searchlight has recently released a poster for Terrence Malick's new film The Tree of Life. The poster features an unusual collection of beautiful captures with no narrative. "

Elizabeth Taylor collector with 10,000 items and new book - Melbourne, Oz + related

Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star - MCV - Melbourne's gay and lesbian community voice:
Costume worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 film Cleopatra
"Wayne Griffin has been described as Elizabeth Taylor's Number One Fan ... who is putting the final touches to his book, Elizabeth Taylor – The Girl Who Had Everything – images and stories based on Griffin's collection of some 10,000 items of memorabilia.

Then, when he heard about Taylor's death in the early hours of last Thursday morning – via a text from a US friend – Griffin was devastated. Unable to sleep, he put on his DVD of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the 1966 film in which Taylor starred with Richard Burton. Having stayed up all night, he went to work wearing an Elizabeth Taylor tie and a flower in his lapel.

'I thought, she's with Richard now, so I wanted to see them together again on screen,'

Cropped screenshot of Elizabeth Taylor from th...
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