Thursday, September 27, 2007

Talwin Morris: New Research

James Aylin Design have produced this website on the life and work of the Glasgow Style designer Talwin Morris (1865-1911). Morris worked for almost 20 years for the Glasgow publishing company Blackie and Son, producing decorative bindings in the Glasgow and Art Nouveau styles. Morris also produced ornamental bindings for Cassell and Company, London; Morrison Brothers in Glasgow and Pearson, Heinemann and Cotta in Stuttgart. Morris's bookbindings, and other relevant images, illustrate this website.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Women Photojournalists

The Library of Congress in Washington preserves millions of images that were created for publication in magazines and newspapers. This website highlights the work of women photojournalists represented in the Library’s collections. Selected images can be viewed via the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.

Ernest Gimson and the arts and crafts movement in Leicester

Leicester Arts and Museums Service has produced this website to showcase their collections relating to Ernest Gimson and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Leicester. A section on ‘Arts and Crafts’ provides a background to this movement and its connections with Leicester. The main section focuses on Gimson in Leicester and his work as an architect, designer and maker, as well as his influence on the Cotswold tradition. A useful chronology outlines key events relating to the Arts and Crafts movement and Gimson from the 1860s to the 1920s. Other Leicester arts and crafts designers, George Bankart, John Paul Cooper, Harry Peach and Dryad, are also highlighted on this site. The virtual musuem provides access to a large library of images of items in Leicester Arts and Museums Service collections.
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Glasgow University Library

Many of you will have been told about the access arrangements we have with Glasgow University Library during your library inductions.
To access over 170 UK HE libraries, including Glasgow University, simply sign up to the free SCONUL Access scheme at the GSA Library Service Desk. You will be given a SCONUL card which you can take along to the libraries of your choice with your GSA matriculation card - you will then be issued with a library card from those libraries.
All staff, postgraduate students, and part-time or distance-learning undergraduates will gain borrowing rights to these libraries. Full-time undergraduates will gain reference access.
For further information, see the Library Website.

If you are planning a visit to Glasgow University Library, which is strong in subjects such as philosophy, psychology, economics, anthropology, politics and social theory, the following video might help you get started.

Graphic Novels at GSA Library

Over the last few months we've invested heavily in developing a graphic novels collection here at GSA Library. These graphic novels cover a whole range of subjects: from politics to surrealist comedy, and from social issues to rites of passage. We've got novels by renowned graphic novelists like Marjane Satrapi, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco and Alan Moore. The cover images above are from just a few examples from our collection.
All graphic novels are shelved alphabetically by author at shelfmark 741.51. Full details of all titles can be found in the Library Catalogue.
You can also find a whole host of online resources on the Library website which will help you discover graphic novels online and held elsewhere.
The film of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, the book of which is stocked in the Library at shelfmark 741.51 has just been shown to acclaim at Cannes where it won the Jury Prize. Here's a quick trailer.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Creative Review Blog

Creative Review is the world's leading monthly magazine for visual communication and design. For the last 27 years it has covered all aspects of cutting edge graphic design, illustration, advertising, new media, typography and photography. The GSA subscribes to this journal, and has substantial backruns from past years.
Creative Review has just launched a new online blog, which provides comments and additional information on stories covered in the print edition.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Victorian Periodicals

Part of Victoria Research Web. The website provides a bibliography of Victorian periodicals comprising: general references; biographical sources; histories of individual periodicals; and critical commentary. The bibliography is prepared by Rosemary T. VanArsdel, an expert in the field of Victorian periodicals. Although the bibliography is selective it is incredibly comprehensive and is a valuable starting point for gaining references which might otherwise be difficult to find.
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Victorian Era: Fashion History

The Victorian Era: Fashion History website provides detailed information on fashions of the Victorian period. As well as providing background information on Victorian social history and the role of women during the period, the website features sections on early (1837-1860) and mid-late (1860-1901) Victorian fashion, as well as themed areas such as aesthetic dress, rational dress reform, seaside fashions, mourning dress, christening dress and particular items such as cloaks and hats. Information is supported by illustrations, including fashion plates from contemporary fashion magazines showing dresses and accessories. The website also contains a useful list of academic books on Victorian fashion.
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