Working with cultural artifacts, I’ve developed an appreciation for the importance of objects. My latest project, The Typology, combines my experience as a curator with my passion for photography through studies of collections composed of like objects. My hope is that these collections and their biographies can foster an appreciation for the importance of curation and preservation of cultural and natural artifacts.
Sophia Ainslie’s body of work, Fragments, speaks to the human body becoming fragmented as well as the landscape we live in. Using imagery collected from an X-ray, residential Google Earth maps, and tiny areas of photographs and sketches made while walking in the New England landscape, the works are very specific to place, both exterior and interior, as well as the space in between.
Standing in front of a textile by Nigerian artist El Anatsui, you may find yourself in awe. Thousands of metal scraps, including bottle caps, milk tins, and aluminum wrappings from the tops of liquor bottles, are pieced together to create his stunning architectural quilts. Finding a discarded bag of bottle caps inspired his creations, which represent a commentary on Nigerian history and culture.
Artisanal Atelier is a line by Maison Martin Margiela that recycles vintage clothing, accessories, and found objects, like headlights and old playing cards, into new, handmade garments. Not afraid to give away their secrets, Maison Martin Margiela generously offers us the chance to make our own Margiela-inspired garment. Follow this tutorial to transform eight pairs of socks into a fabulous new sweater.
I recently attended a lecture by photographer Vera Lutter and was floored by what an amazing talent she is. Known for transforming a room into a pinhole camera obscura chamber, she creates otherworldly images of the Manhattan skyline, airport runways and even a zeppelin factory. Vera’s stunning images of the Egyptian pyramids, taken using a suitcase as her camera, are my absolute favorites.
At first glance, Valerie Hegarty’s works appear to be a scene out of a museum conservator’s worst nightmare. Paintings are melting, frames are breaking and crows are eating the still life. Seeing what could happen if art was left to succumb to the elements may leave you with a new appreciation for museums.
Oh, Andrew Bird. Just when you think you can’t love him more than you already do, he makes a documentary sharing more of his talent. Or, well, Xan Aranda makes the film, Bird spends a year touring, whistling and doing other awesome Andrew Bird-ly things. Xan is an uber talent in her own right, so […]
Tucked away in the small Wisconsin city of Two Rivers is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces, the Hamilton Wood Type Museum’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. Finally getting much deserved attention, the museum was the subject of the documentary, Typeface, and Target also recently utilized the collection for their Vintage Varsity line.