Monday, November 24, 2008

Cyberfibres

Cyberfibres is a searchable online database of Australian fashion and textile design created by a team led by Kaye Ashton for the Frances Burke Textile Resource Centre and the RMIT University School of Fashion and Textiles in Melbourne, Australia.
The website contains a brief history of the Cyberfibres project, its content, origins and how to use it. The database can be searched by keyword, by a structured search facility including Date and Role functions, or can be browsed alphabetically.
Entries in the database are varied, and may contain biographical information, images, articles, archive and resource location and repository details, lists of published resources, links to relevant entries in the database, and links to other online resources.
Link: Database no longer in service.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Plaster Casts

Plastercasts.org is a website from the Beazley Archive at the University of Oxford. The site makes available online images of the archive's plaster casts of classical sculptures, as well as providing an introduction to various aspects of ancient art and archaeology. The site provides information on the role of plastercasts, copies and restoration in the diffusion of classical art in modern times, and also includes sections on the making of casts and the history of Oxford's cast collection.
Link: http://www.plastercasts.org/index.htm
Access: Free

Raising Rebels

The Raising Rebels website was published by the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Library to accompany an exhibition held from 15 June to 17 August, 2007. The exhibition was about children's literature that explored the lives of American children in relation to class, race and gender. Also included are children's books with feminist, labour, multicultural, pacifist, and racial themes.
Link: http://library.syr.edu/digital/exhibits/r/RadicalChildLit/
Access: Free

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cornelia Parker Film for Tate


Cornelia Parker's specially commissioned film Thirty Pieces of Silver is now available on the Tate Kids site.
Link: http://kids.tate.org.uk/films/thirty-pieces-of-silver.shtm
Access: Free

Artist Turns to the Book


The J. Paul Getty Museum has provided this online overview of an exhibition held at the Getty Center, `The Artist Turns to the Book', which ran from 24 May to 11 September 2005. Examples from the Getty Research Library collection of over 5,000 artists' books feature on this website. Contemporary artists have paid homage to other artists by creating variations on books and works of art, including 'Ode to a Grand Staircase (for Four Hands)' by Julie Chen and Barbara Tetenbaum. The website provides a short video (using Flash software) showing this book unfolding alongside the music by Erik Satie which inspired their creation. Other artists featured on the wesbite include Raymond Pettibon, Claire Van Vliet, Mikhail Karasik, Ronald King and Roy Fisher.
Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/artist_book/
Access: Free

Life Magazine


Google has just launched a gallery of images from Life magazine. Ultimately Google plans to enter all 10 million images from Life's photo library so that they can be viewed by anyone with an Internet connection. Previously more than 95 percent of its photo archive had never been publicly viewed or published in the magazine. Life Magazine was established in 1883 and eventually ceased publication in 2006.
Link: http://images.google.com/hosted/life
Access: Free

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wenceslaus Hollar

The Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection has been made available on the University of Toronto library website. Hollar (1607-1677) is considered one of the finest etchers of all time, and he produced around 2,700 etchings during his lifetime. The etchings in this digital collection are organised under the following headings: religious prints; mythology, satire etc.; historical prints; geography and maps; portraits; costumes; natural history; sports; architecture; title pages and initials; and heraldry, numismatics and ornament.
Link: http://link.library.utoronto.ca/hollar/
Access: Free

Tibet Album


This website provides free access to a collection of over 6,000 photographs from Tibet which were taken by British photographers during the period 1920-1950. They are taken from the holdings of the the Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford) and the British Museum (London) and constitute a rich source of information on the social, economic and political history of the region as well as constituting a valuable visual ethnography.
It is possible to search the website by place name, subject or photographer and to browse original albums and slideshows. Topics covered include materials relating to the Dalai Lama; buddhism in Tibet, the British in Tibet and other Tibetan religious and political ceremonies.
Link: http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/index.php
Access: Free

British Cartoon Archive


The largest collection of British social and political cartoons went live on the 6th of November. Over 120,000 images from the British Cartoon Archive based at the University of Kent are available, including work by over 250 leading cartoonists including work by Giles, Ralph Steadman, Martin Rowson and Steve Bell.
Link: http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/
Access: Free

Histografica


Histografica is an online repository holding historical images of locations across the globe. The archive is the result of users uploading their own images to the common pool. Many of the images are copyright free and all are tagged with information on copyright status and linked to a Google map highlighting the location, as in this example of Edinburgh University from 1827.
Link: http://www.histografica.com/
Access: Free

ArtisanCam

ArtisanCam provides an insight into the lives of contemporary artists. Using a mixture of video and interactive activities, it introduces learners to the world of contemporary visual art before encouraging them to have a go themselves in fun and exciting ways.

The website is divided into the Artists Zone, which contains classroom-based activities and the Activity Zone, which is full of games and fun interactive activities, designed to encourage students to continue their learning at home. On this interesting site you’ll find everything from Antony Gormley to Roy Lichtenstein and all in glorious technicolour.

Link: http://www.artisancam.org.uk

Access: Free

Friday, November 14, 2008

Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product


The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum website provides this online version of their exhibition, `Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product' which was held from 9 November 2007 to 10 September 2008. Sample books that contain examples of a product or technique have been around "for more than 300 years for the merchandizing and recording of design alternatives in many areas of the decorative arts, including wallcoverings, ceramics, and textiles". This website provides an introduction on the origin of the sample book, and includes images of samples of tableware, interior decoration, textiles and fashion, as well as paper and colour, to which is added a glossary of relevant terms. A video is also provided of a late 18th century to early 19th century French salesman's sample book, which featured in the exhibition. The Curator of the exhibition, Sarah Scaturro, has contributed a blog to this website.
Link: http://cooperhewitt.org/EXHIBITIONS/multiple_choice/site/
Access: Free

Major New Purchase: Arts and Architecture Magazine 1945-1954


The Library has just purchased the Taschen reprint of the entire 1945-1954 run of Arts and Architecture Magazine. The purchase fills a major gap in the Library's journals collection.
John Entenza's groundbreaking magazine was instrumental in putting American Architecture on the map and championing the Case Study House Program. Focusing not only on architecture but also design, art, music, politics, and social issues, A&A was an ambitious and groundbreaking publication. The era’s greatest architects were featured in A&A, including Neutra, Schindler, Saarinen, Ellwood, Lautner, Eames, and Koenig; and two of today’s most wildly successful architects, Frank Gehry and Richard Meier, had their debuts in its pages. Other key contributors to the magazine include photographers Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller, writers Esther McCoy and Peter Yates, and cover designers Herbert Matter and Alvin Lustig.
The journal is available for reference only in the Mackintosh Library between 11 and 12 weekdays.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dictionary of Pastellists


This Web edition of a dictionary of pastellists before 1800 is based on the print version, of the same title, written by Neil Jaffers and published in 2006. Pastels by French artists, such as Joseph Vivien, Jean-Marc Nattier, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau and Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun are represented, and works by other major pastellists, such as John Singleton Copley, John Russell, Anton Raphael Mengs, Rosalba Carriera and Jean-Étienne Liotard from the American, English, German, Italian and Swiss schools, as well as a number of minor portraitists.
The online edition is structured as closely as possibly on the print version, with articles for each artist which open as a PDF file. A search facility is provided, as well as an index of sitters, a list of exhibitions and a topographical index of some 500 museums and other collections which hold pastels.
Link: http://www.pastellists.com/
Access: Free

Artists in Industry



This website results from a programme of artists’ placements in industry between 2005-2007 and offers a place to exchange best practice, case studies and guidance for future collaborations. Details of the placements are provided, describing the artist, the host business or institution and the dialogue between them. Additionally, the ‘resources’ section includes papers, information from conferences and a ‘Documents and Templates Toolkit’ which offers a starting point for developing future programmes.
Link: http://www.interact.mmu.ac.uk/
Access: Free

Native American Dress


This online exhibition highlights American Indian dress designs and designers from the Great Plains, Great Basin, and Plateau regions. The site features zoomable images, photos, maps, animated illustrations, video clips, and more. The introduction includes profiles of designers. From the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Link: http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/identity_by_design/IdentityByDesign.html
Access: Free

Great War Archive


Oxford University is marking the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day by launching two new websites which allow educators, scholars and the public to view previously unseen memorabilia and poetry from World War I.
The 'Great War Archive' and the 'First World War Poetry Archive' bring together 13,500 digital images of items mainly of rare primary source material. Many items submitted to the 'Great War Archive' by members of the public are treasured family heirlooms which have never been on public display.
Link: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa
Access: Free

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Tom Eckersley

This month's showcase from the Archives Hub is on designer Tom Eckersley.
Eckersley (1914-1995) was one of the foremost graphic designers of the twentieth century working in the UK. His works employ minimal text, instead transmitting their message by pared-down graphic elements and bold blocks of colour. Eckersley's career spanned from the 1930s until the 1990s, during which time he worked for a huge range of employees from London Transport, Gillette and Guinness to Crisis, World Wide Fund for Nature and the Inner London Education Authority.
Link: http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/nov08.shtml
Access: Free

David Klein

David Klein designed and illustrated numerous travel posters for TWA as well as broadway show window cards during the 1950s and 60s. His abstracted shapes and playful typography proved influential. This site provides examples of his graphic poster work with a detailed biography.
Link: http://www.davidkleinart.com/Home.html
Access: Free