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  1. Swell Things No. 45 // Jeanne Goodman

    September 30, 2017 by Erin Fletcher

    Jeanne is a close friend and colleague. We overlapped at the North Bennet Street School before Jeanne made her way back to Texas to help renovate the conservation lab at Texas A&M. She has appeared on the blog before writing posts for Conservation Conversations. But this time around she’s sharing some of her favorite internet finds.

    1. This first caught my eye because it is hilarious and a fun irreverent use of this turn-of-the-centry style of painting, but Omar Rayyan’s work is wonderful because it reminds me of the book illustration and old school animation I grew up as a kid.
    2. Motherland Chronicles is an ongoing series of photographs by Jingna Zhang, a fashion, beauty, and fine arts photographer. I love this series because when you first look at them, you think you are looking at a renaissance painting. She is also completely badass; she joined a Japanese rock cover band in her early teens and represented Team Singapore in air rifle shooting.
    3. Klaim Niko Inko tattoos – follow on instgram
    4. Under the Baobab, Southbank Centre in London
    5. Chelsea Flower Show 

    6. This artist (William T. Carson) works with coal on wood. I saw his work for the first time few months ago in Dallas at Camiba Art Gallery and I immediately wanted one. Its just one of those artworks for me.
    7. 3D printing, laser and electroplating…dresses? I LOVE this. its just so weird. (Iris Van Herpen)
    8. Sitting on my window in the lab is a paper sculpture by Charles Young of Paperholm in Edinburgh. Although he has many great creations, I was drawn to this one because it looks like Baba Yaga’s house, the witch who could decide to have no visters by asking her house to stand up so they couldn’t reach the door. I always thought that was so smart.
    9. Jan Vermann is a German artist who travels around fixing crumbling walls and monuments with legos. (Note from Erin: There is a small patch of legos near by studio in South Boston!)
    10.  I find myself looking at images and artwork and thinking about how they would translate into leather and tooling and inlays for bindings. Michelle Blade’s work here makes me think of mother-of-pearl inlays, veneer inlays, deep black grainy goat skin leather, and palladium tooling.

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  2. Swell Things No. 20

    February 28, 2015 by Erin Fletcher

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    1. Israeli artist Ron Arad’s obsession with the Fiat 500 began when he father was almost struck while driving one. This recent installation series put on by the artist exhibits a collection of flattened Fiats, which was achieved by using the metal press at a shipyard to crush each car to 12cm thick. The results are just surprisingly stunning.
    2. The Last of the Teddy Girls is a collection of photographs from Ken Russell portraying the girl gang subculture and their male counterparts in a post-war London of the 1950s. The portraits are a magnificent representation feminine style and independence.
    3. I’m really loving these brilliant and colorful collages from artist Anna Ovni; could perhaps inspire a future leather design binding.
    4. Check out this beautifully illustrated 15th century manuscript of Claudius Ptolomaeus’ Cosmographia.
    5. I’m always intrigued when artists introduce unusual materials into their work. Alison Foshee illustrated a series of fauna using staples because in her words was the best way to highlight the contour of various plant life.

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    6. Xylotheks: an object where the container is a fundamental component of its contents. In this case, the wooden book boxes store wooden objects. These objects were particularly popular in Germany in the late 18th to early 19th centuries. Xylotheks are a surprising discovery for me and are quite interesting objects.
    7. Every year new words are added to the dictionary, so it only makes sense that new hand gestures would make their way into American Sign Language. Read the fascinating article and see the signs that represent words or phrases like: selfie, photobomb, and food coma.
    8. Charles Young is the paper engineer behind Paperholm: a growing paper city. The best part is that many of these miniature building models are animated. I love the detail and quirkiness behind the project.
    9. I recently stumbled upon this phenomenon referred to as kawaii cuisine coming out of both Japan and Denmark. Each of these cooks are creating itty bitty foods using plastic doll cooking equipment and candles to cook the food. Reality can be a bit bizarre some times.
    10. In the early 1900s, Thomas Cobden-Sanderson threw 2,600lbs of his bespoke typeface Doves Type into the Thames. For the past three years designer Robert Green has been trying to recreate this lost typeface. After thorough research, Green discovered the spot where the coveted type was tossed into the murky waters. Green was able to uncover a total of 150 pieces, just a small portion, but enough to help him finish the digital version.


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