Tuesday, June 30, 2009

East African Photographs

An excellent resource for anthropologists and researchers of East African colonial history. The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs: 1860 - 1960 forms part of the collection of Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, NorthWestern University. The digital library provides free access to over 7,000 photographs assembled by the British collector Humphrey Winterton which document the life and development of the peoples and nations of East Africa during this period. They include photographs of native peoples and races; the travels of European explorers, traders and colonialists, the development of the British Empire and urbanisation. The database can be searched by keyword or browsed.
Link: http://repository.library.northwestern.edu/winterton/
Access: Free

We Make Stories

Penguin has just launched the We Make Stories site, where children of all ages can create, print and share a variety of story forms. They can make pop-up stories, customise audiobooks, design their own comics, produce exciting treasure maps and develop a variety of entertaining adventures.
Link: http://wemakestories.com/
Access: Free

Ann Shaw and the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine

GSA alumni Ann Shaw has just had a book published by the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine on the lost history of a children's sanatorium in Wales. To accompany the book she has produced a blog, which she used as a research tool to help reconstruct 40 years of missing Welsh history. The book from this project will be added to Library collections soon.
Link: http://www.craig-y-nos.blogspot.com/
Access: Free

Monday, June 29, 2009

Artist Residency: Glasgow Women's Library

Deadline for applications: Friday 24 July 2009

Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) seeks two 6-month part time Artist Residencies to be based within the library. The residencies offer an exciting opportunity for two artists to work with the rich resources of Glasgow Women’s Library - staff, learners, users and archive - to achieve the aims and focus of Making space: toward a public artwork for GWL. The residence opportunities are offered to develop ideas, visuals and participatory working methods that can inform GWL’s ambitions to realise a public artwork for their new premises at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. The residencies will support the artists’ investigation of Women’s histories and representation in the Public Realm, as well as potential means of engagement and consultation with diverse constituents of GWL.

For further details please download a job description, cover sheet and application information from GWL on 0141 552 8345 or e-mail: info(at)womenslibrary.org.uk

Friday, June 26, 2009

Public Craft Collections

A new guide to contemporary craft in national and regional public collections has been launched online on the Crafts Council website.
Link: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collection-and-exhibitions/public-craft/
Access: Free

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cultural Cartography

Who Knew Whom is an online database which focuses upon the connectivity of famous people. Compiled by Nat Goodden of the University of Gloucestershire, the intention is to provide a map of cultural networks based on the connections - such as by friendship, acquaintance, family, or collaboration - between artists, musicians, scientists, philosophers and other notable people throughout history. Each connection must be proven by evidence that can be supported by an authoritative source available on the Internet. The database is searchable by name, or by browsing an alphabetical list of names, and provides a brief summary of each individual's connections to other people in the database.
Link: http://culturalcartography.net/
Access: Free

American Utopias

This site provides free access to online exhibition about 'American Utopias' which has been created by the Beinecke Library, Yale University. It includes essays on political works about utopias (ranging from the early writings of Thomas More to science fiction idealised worlds contained in the novels of the 1960s); the image of the Utopia in fiction and an overview of historical utopian communities in American history. Each section is illustrated with images of illustrations, in some case digitised primary source documents, from the holdings of the Beinecke Library.
Link: http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/utopia/
Access: Free

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Turkish Shadow Puppets

Online exhibition from National Library of Turkey looking at the Turkish tradition of shadow puppetry, with a special focus on the play Karagöz or Hacivat. These shadow plays are thought to have originated in Southeast Asia and were brought over to Turkey with migrants from Central Asia to Anatolia. The performances play out behind a white screen with puppets or "tasvir" appearing in silhouette. Each "tasvir" is made out of camel or water buffalo hide and are animated by rods.
Link: http://www.mk.gov.tr/bolum.php?name=menu&mid=57&yenidil=ing

Turkish Film Posters

The National Library of Turkey has launched a gallery of Turkish film posters, from its humble beginnings in 1908 through to today’s flourishing Turkish film industry.
Link: http://www.mk.gov.tr/sinema/
Access: Free

Monday, June 22, 2009

Maastricht Ceramics

Images of Maastricht ceramics, via Bibliodyssey.
Link: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/06/maastricht-ceramic-design.html
Access: Free

Balzac's Paris

This is a virtual tour of the Paris which existed at the time of Balzac the great French novelist. It was produced using online maps, engravings and other visual materials from the Vernon Duke Collection, University of California Riverside. The compilers explain that the Paris Balzac knew (1799-1850) has largely disappeared. However, it helps enormously to understand his novels, many set there, if we can know something of the early nineteenth century capital city. The tour is divided into 4 parts; Locating Balzac's Paris, Balzac's Paris, Visiting Balzac's Paris and the Epilogue. The Table of Contents has background information, and then links to maps and images for each of these sections, plus explanations, showing what Paris looked like. In addition, there are quotations from his novels slotted in by relevant landmarks.
Link: http://www.balzacsparis.ucr.edu/
Access: Free

Ornament and Pattern

"Several thousand images from nearly 100 volumes on decorative art and surface ornament, mainly portfolios of plates, pattern books, and scrapbook compilations." Find images of flowers, animals, butterflies, house colors, ceramics, and more. Many images are from French publications. From the New York Public Library (NYPL).
Link: http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/dgexplore.cfm?topic=all&col_id=163
Access: Free

Sol Lewitt: Drawing Retrospective

Companion website to this exhibition that "comprises 105 of LeWitt's large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist's career from 1969 to 2007. These occupy nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed ... over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA's campus." View the drawings by grid or floorplan, watch timelapses of creating selected drawings, and listen to an audio tour. From MASS MoCA.
Link: http://www.massmoca.org/lewitt/
Access: Free

George Frederic Watts

Alison Smith, Tate Britain curator of 19th century British art, focuses on the work of the painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) in this online resource, which is available on the Tate's website. The three paintings that form the Eve trilogy, `She Shall be Called Woman', `Eve Tempted' and `Eve Repentant', are considered together with `Hope' and `The Court of Death' in this presentation. This discussion looks at a group of Watts' paintings to discuss how they relate or correspond with each other. This resource is available as a video (which requires Flash to view it) or as transcripts. Clicking on each image provides a detailed caption for the picture. This resource forms part of the Tate's Learn Online section of its website.
Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/learning/worksinfocus/watts/
Access: Free

Cosmetic Advertising

The archives of Gala, Miner’s and Crystal, three prominent cosmetics companies operating during and after the Second World War, are held at London College of Fashion and have been digitised and made freely accessible through the VADS website.
The archives are a valuable resource for the study of the history of cosmetics, advertising photography, fashion promotion and women in the Second World War.
During the War when silk was needed for parachutes and stockings disappeared from the shops, Miner’s had particular success with its leg make-up, Miners Liquid Stockings, which many women used to paint their legs and even drew black lines down the back of their legs to simulate the seams. Gala of London was also the first company to introduce lip stick in a tube when they introduced their Lip Line in 1957.
Link: http://vads.ac.uk/news/?p=50
Access: Free

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Picassoetes Ceramics

The `Designing Britain 1946-1975' website has provided this module on three ceramicists working in London in the 1950s known as the Bayswater Group or the Picassoettes, as a resource for students to learn about oral history, interviewing, and its use as a research methodology. Themes include the birth of coffee bars, Lyons Corner house and Golden Egg restaurants, and feature relevant photographs and audio files, as well as reading suggestions and activities. Biographies are provided for the three ceramicists, Margaret Hine, William Newland and Nicholas Vergette under discussion, together with additional images, and a link to relevant photographs in the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) collection.
Link: http://www.vads.ac.uk/learning/designingbritain/html/picassoetes.html
Access: Free

Harold Sandys Williamson

This site is maintained by the Imperial War Museum. It provides free access to a biography, selection of letter extracts and collection of online images of paintings and sketches from a First World War soldier Harold Sandys Williamson (1892-1978). They cover the period 1916-1918 and include images of soldiers in the Trenches and excerpts from his diary. The website is of great historical interest and is simple to navigate. Links running down the right-hand side of the page provide access to the letter extracts and images, arranged chronologically.
Link: http://www.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/45/FatalSalient/index.htm
Access: Free

Gustav Klimt

This website was published by Tate Liverpool to accompany the "first comprehensive exhibition of Gustav Klimt's work ever staged in the UK". Held from 30 May to 31 August 2008, and subtitled `Painting, Design and Modern Life in Vienna 1900' the exhibition featured the Beethoven Frieze, which Klimt created for the 14th exhibition of the Viennese Secession, 1902. The website can be accessed via the exhibition's original floor plan or hyperlinks in the headings. Sections explore: the foundation of the Viennese secession; the Wiener Werkstatte; Fritz and Lili Waerndorfer; Otto and Eugenia Primavesi; the Wittgenstein family; Klimt and landscape; the artist`s studio; and the world in female form, as well as the Beethoven Frieze. Over 30 video (MP4) files featuring aspects of Klimt's work and influence are also available to watch online or to download. A timeline and relevant resources are also provided.
Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool/exhibitions/gustavklimt/
Access: Free


The online video introducing the Tate Modern and Open University study days on `Museums and Art History' held on 24 June 2006 has been made available on the Learn Online section of the Tate's website. Following a short introduction by Marko Daniel, Curator, Tate Public Programmes, Steve Edwards, Lecturer in Art History, Open University discusses `Displaying Modern Art' which focuses on displays at Tate Modern. The second session by Nigel Warburton, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Open University, considers `Juxtapositions' and how they affect the viewer. The last session by Frances Morris, Curator and Head of Displays at Tate Modern, reviews the thematic rather than chronological structure of the gallery`s display.
Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/learning/studydays/museums_art_history/
Access: Free

Moon Drawings

The University of Oxford's Museum for the History of Science has provided this online version of their exhibition `Moonscope' held from 24 May to 16 September 2007. This exhibition featured the lunar drawings of the 18th century artist, John Russell, better known for his pastel portraits. Eleven of Russell`s 180 mounted sketches dating from 1764-1805 that were featured in the exhibition are shown on the website. Also included is an essay by Professor Brian Catling, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, on the 21st century lunar paintings of Rebecca Hind, as well as a short film `Ebb and Flow' by Tila Rodriguez-Past, featuring Rebecca Hind.
Link: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/moonscope/
Access: Free

Connoisseurs, Collectors and Copyists

The Hunterian Art Gallery's website has provided this online version of their exhibition on `Connoisseurs, Collectors and Copyists'. The thirty-five drawings featured in this online exhibition are taken from around 250 prints in imitation of works by the great masters.
Link: http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/archive/CCCexhib/
Access: Free

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hand Bookbindings

Based on an exhibition held at Princeton University's Firestone Library in 2003, the website "Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious" is an outstanding resource on the art of bookbinding and history of the book. Two-hundred and eleven exhibits, grouped in twenty-six categories, are available online. The website's introductory pages are dedicated to the subjects of materials, techniques and processes of bookbinding, including, for example, the use of clasps, furniture and blind tooling. Other sections present samples of Aldine, Italian, German, French and British bindings. Each of these sections are introduced by a short explanatory text.
Link: http://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_materials/hb/index.html
Access: Free

Friday, June 12, 2009

Renaissance Childbirth

Online exhibition from Edinburgh University Library Special Collections
"Special Collections holds some very early editions of the works of German physician Eucharius Rösslin (also known as Eucharius Rhodion), who died in 1526. He wrote a guide for midwives with the title Der Rosengarten (‘The Rose Garden’) which was first published in 1513, and later translated into Latin and other European languages. The text was based on Rösslin’s own experience of supervising midwives in the city of Worms, and on writings from classical times. The wood-engraved images by Martin Caldenbach, who trained under Albrecht Dürer, are among the first attempts to depict the foetus in the womb. Shown here are images from the 1532 Latin edition, as well as the title-page of our copy of the 1538 Latin edition and a page from the English edition of 1626 which shows the birth chair – which resembles an instrument of torture."
Link: http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/resources/collections/specdivision/ch200906.shtml
Access: Free

Detroit Motor Advertising

This exhibit features mid-20th century automobile commercial art from Detroit advertising studios such as "McNamara Associates, Skidmore Sahratian, and Graphic House [which] thrived in close proximity to automotive executives and the advertising agencies that coordinated their publicity campaigns." Exhibit sections cover pre-World War II illustration, artists' samples, studio life, process, photography and realism, and diversity of potential buyers (such as youth and women). From the Detroit Public Library.
Link: http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/drawingpower/
Access: Free

Raymond Loewy

Companion to an exhibit on Raymond Loewy (1893-1986), "the most prominent industrial designer of the twentieth century. He blended traditional styles with streamlining and European modernism, while satisfying Americans' taste for comfort and convenience." Site features annotated images of designs such as the 1940 Lucky Strike cigarette package, 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser, 1964 Fostoria stemware, and 1962 graphics for Air Force One. From the Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware.
Link: http://www.hagley.lib.de.us/loewy/
Access: Free

Car Catalogues

Several hundred photomechanical reproductions from the pages of motor vehicle (automobiles and some trucks) manufacturers' catalogs from 1909, in the first decade of the automobile industry. Primarily monochrome, interspersed with surprisingly lavish color plates, the images include parts diagrams, engine works, and model inventory." Manufacturers include Benz, Buick, Ford, Franklin, Oldsmobile, Packard, Peerless, Rambler, and Studebaker. Also includes a list of related subject headings. From the New York Public Library (NYPL).
Link: http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/dgexplore.cfm?topic=all&col_id=153
Access: Free

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

International Archives Day

The 9th of June 2009 has been designated as International Archives Day. To celebrate Glasgow University Archives have launched a new resource to highlight the international scope of their collections. Simply select a region of the world to view highlights of their collections.
Link: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/archives/collections/internationalarchiveday/
Access: Free

Friday, June 05, 2009

Faber & Faber Cover Designs

This year iconic publishing house Faber & Faber celebrate their 80th birthday. To mark this event they have just launched their Faber Archive website, which features a whole host of content, from audio tours, to a Flickr site, and an archive of their iconic cover designs.
Link: http://www.faber.co.uk/archive
Access: Free

George Orwell at the BBC

BBC Archives have just added a resource on George Orwell and his work at the BBC to their website.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/
Access: Free

Design Bank

Funded by the Liverpool and Manchester Design Initiative (LMDI) and the Arts Council England, Design Bank is the "online selected visual database promoting the best of contemporary design, visual art and craft produced in the North West region". It is possible to search the database by artist name or company or to browse it by media or geographic area. Enlargeable images, short artists' biographies and links to the artists' websites are provided where available.
Link: http://www.designbank.org.uk/
Access: Free

Prelinger Archive

The Prelinger Archive is a collection of ‘ephemeral’ films: things like ads, educational films, industrial films, things that don’t usually get collected in archives. All are downloadable and free for all to use. Includes Duck and Cover, the infamous 1951 film explaining to children how to protect yourself from a nuclear explosion by hiding under their desk.
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger
Access: Free

Harland Miller at BALTIC

BALTIC has just released a podcast of Alessandro Vincentelli talking to Harland Miller about his latest exhibition.
Link: http://www.balticmill.com/podcasts/
Access: Free

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

We're 750 Today!

Although we don't look it, it's actually our 750th birthday today. We've blogged 750 posts on art and design since we started 2 years ago. That's an average of more than 1 post a day. We're already looking forward to our 1000th in a few month's time!

Miroslav Sasek

We've just purchased several volumes of Czech illustrator Miroslav Sasek's iconic This Is series. Starting in 1958 with This Is Paris, the series painted a delightful and evocative picture of some of the world's great cities and countries. You'll find the series at 741.083

Penguin Great Ideas

A Flickr set of book covers for Penguin’s Great Ideas series of books.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alistairhall/sets/72157605940761661/detail/
Access: Free

Claire Barclay Talks

Downloadable podcasts from the Fruitmarket Gallery.
Lucy Skaer in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery; Claire Barclay in conversation with Sam Ainsley, artist and senior lecturer, founder and former Head of the MFA programme, Glasgow School of Art; Christine Borland in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.
Link: http://www.fruitmarket.co.uk/education/resources/claire-barclay-artists-talk/
Access: Free

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Edward Ardizzone's Little Tim

We've just purchased some volumes of artist Edward Ardizzone's Little Tim series of books for children, originally published between 1936-1977.
The series recounts the sea-going exploits of 5-year old Little Tim and his friend Lucy, and their ocean voyages which never quite go to plan. Each book is illustrated by beautiful pen and ink drawings and watercolours.
You'll find the Little Tim books at 741.083

Treasury of Ornament

The Treasury of Ornament' by Heinrich Dolmetsch, first published as 'Der Ornamentenschatz' by Verlag von Julius Hoffman in Stuttgart in 1887.
via Bibliodyssey.
Link: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/06/treasury-of-ornament-1.html
Access: Free

Photographs of the Andes

The Billie Jean Isbell Andean collection forms part of Cornell digital library. It provides free access to over 1,500 photographs taken by anthropologist Professor Isbell in the southern Andean department of Ayacucho and specifically in the village of Chuschi, Peru. The materials are sub-divided into thematic sections which include: gender; rituals; folk art political protest posters ( many made by and relating to refugees in Lima, Peru, in Santiago, Chile and in Miami, Florida during the 1980s-1990s); vertical ecology of the Andes; Inka Observations of the Zenith Passage of the Sun.
Link: http://isbellandes.library.cornell.edu/
Access: Free

Now You Can Search Our Blogs

We've just added search functionality to all our blogs, allowing our readers to search for content across our blog postings, those of our friends, our external links, and links within blog posts. You'll find the search box in the sidebar menu.

Monday, June 01, 2009

New Graphic Novels in the Library

Children's Books in GSA Library 3

A lot of beautiful and innovative illustration is currently going on in the area of children's picture books, with a number of high profile publishers and galleries publishing artist and designer-led kids publications. Here's a few we've added to the GSA Library collections recently. You'll find them at 741.083

TED: Evelyn Glennie

In this talk, recorded and published by the US-based Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference, Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie discusses her life as a percussionist, a vocation she pursues despite significant hearing loss. The talk includes acoustics, perception of music, and the role of music in development. An interactive transcript is available.
Link: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/evelyn_glennie_shows_how_to_listen.html
Access: Free

Depression and Creativity

This video, hosted by the US Library of Congress, is an unedited recording of a symposium of leading academics. The relationship between creativity and depression is explored, as well as neurology, neurophysiology, and the relationship between creativity and insanity.
Link: http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4516
Access: Free

Richard Demarco Archives

Richard Demarco is “one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art “. He was co-founder of Traverse Theatre, and founded the Richard Demarco gallery, and has been instrumental in bringing key international artists, including Marina Abramovic and Joseph Beuys to the attention of Scottish audiences as well as making connections for Scottish artists around the world. This website brings together his extensive archives held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Demarco European Art Foundation, including hundreds of photographs, paintings, catalogues, drawings, sketches, illustrations, documents, publications and other printed material. The website is broken into three sections: the dedicated Demarco archives website, funded by the AHRC; images of Demarco’s art work and digitised copies of his catalogues.
Link: http://www.richarddemarco.org/
Access: Free

Albert Camus

This podcast was recorded on the In Our Time programme on Radio 4 on 3 January 2008. In this 42 minute recording, the presenter Melvyn Bragg interviews three leading French academics about the work of the French Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus. They are Peter Dunwoodie, David Walker and Christina Howells. First they discuss formative influences on his early life in Algeria, such as his working class roots, the death of his father and colonial life. They then consider his politics and his membership of the Communist Party. His major literary works including The Plague, The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Rebel and The Fall are discussed in detail. Camus' concept of the absurd is debated. Other key events such as his move to France and work with the theatre are also analysed. Camus was of course a friend of Jean-Paul Sartre, another very famous French writer, and the interviewees talk about the differences in their outlook on politics and writing.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/inourtime/inourtime_20080103.shtml
Access: Free