Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Extreme Mending

Superpsyched to see this post from the Cooper Hewitt museum

Brown, Susan. "Extreme Mending." Cooperhewitt.org. 6 Nov 2012; 17 Oct 2016. http://www.cooperhewitt.org/2012/11/06/extreme-mending/

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Language of flowers

I've talked with many artists about the language of flowers, but it never occurred to me to look for a dictionary. Until now. And, thanks to Temple Univeristy Library, here are a few...

de la Tour, Charlotte. Le langage des fleur. Paris: Garnier Freres, 1858. (French, illustrated)

Dumont, Henrietta. The Language of Flowers. The floral offering: a token of affection and esteem comprising the language and poetry of flowers. With coloured illustrations from original drawings. Philadelphia: H.C. Peck & Theo Bliss, 1852.

Ingram, John H. Flora Symbolica; or The language and sentiment of flowers. London: F.W. Arne and co., 1869. (link)

Wirt, Elizabeth Washington Gamble. Flora's Dictionary By A Lady. Baltimore: Fielding Lucas, Jr, 1832.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Artists as correspondents...

I love letters. Writing them. Getting them. Don't do it enough, though.

Here are some stories about artists' letters...

Brooks, Katherine. "Sol Lewitt's advice to Eva Hesse is what every creative person needs to hear." The Huffington Post. 27 Oct 2015.

Also this:

Savig, Mary. "The Art of Handwriting" The Atlantic.com. 5 Jul 2016.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Repair rights

Another one for the file on care and repair...this time addressing manufacturers' interests in keeping users from fixing their products...

Matchar, Emily. "The fight for the 'right to repair'. Smithsonian.com. 13 Jul 2016. 13 Jul 2016.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


“I think I became an artist because I realized I needed a field in which the construction of fictional authorities and imagined quotes would be a cause for celebration rather than […] disgrace” (14)
– Wm. Kentridge
Six Drawing Lessons

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Fixing books

When you start to notice something suddenly it's everywhere. Here's another piece on repair, this time on books, by Christopher Jobson from Colossal (The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books, Nov 7 2014; 10 Jun 2016.)  A quick peek at the Erik Kwakkel's blog about medieval manuscripts suggests theres' more to learn there...

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

And it is inching toward reality...

The wind has been crazy the last couple of days! Trying to get a good shot for the catalog is challenging...

More maintenance

I didn't love Interstellar, but it did strike a chord with me.

The film's long set-up describes a world where no chances can be taken because society can no longer afford them. Being part of a generation that was too late for the babyboomers' party and always knew it would be in charge of the clean up, I saw something painfully familiar in the story where characters were encouraged to go into farming and discouraged from breaking new ground through exploration.

Maybe that's what has me following all this stuff on maintenance and repair (which I've tagged this and other recent posts with). If you Google images of 'maintenance' you get hundreds of faceless drones like those below> they generally hold hand tools, but some of them have wrenches and computer keyboards, implying that a wrench is used to keep a computer up. Clearly, the world is screwed.

What you find when you look for 'maintenance' online...
Either way, I had the same sort of grim recognition when I read Laura Bliss' essay in the Atlantic's 'Citylab' ("How 'Maintainers,' not 'Innovators,' Make the World Turn", April 16, 2016). So I wanted to add it to this list...

At some point we'll get to how all this fits together. For now...there's a clean up on aisle three...