Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Turkish Costumes

via Bibliodyssey.
Link: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/09/turkish-costumes.html
Access: Free

Richard Tuttle

The website for the US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has provided resource on the American postminimalist artist, Richard Tuttle (b.1941) as part of their Art21 series. Tuttle is best known for his small subtle intimate works of art that deal with issues of scale and problems of line. His work is influence by calligraphy, poetry and language, and he has created artists' books, as well as sculptural pieces, which he refers to as drawings rather than sculptures. This website provides a slideshows of the artist's work, which can be viewed as a whole or organized in decades for 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Another slideshow shows the artist at work. There are also two interviews with the artist on 'Art and Life' and 'Drawings and Exhibitions'. Four short videos illustrating the artist's work are also provided.
Link: http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/tuttle/
Access: Free

Paul Outerbridge

The Getty Museum website has provided this online resource to accompany their exhibition on the American photographer Paul Outerbridge (1896-1958). As well as his commercial photography for magazines such as Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar, Outerbridge also undertook art photography. His friendship with Man Ray put him in touch with the European avant-garde, who admired his ability to transform commonplace objects into semi-abstractions, which led critics to compare his work with that of the Modernist painters. Images of his work, both colour and black and white illustrate this resource and, in an audio file, the cinematographer John Bailey talks about his first encounter with Outerbridge's photographs.
Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/outerbridge/
Access: Free

Tomorrow's World

You might be surprised to know that much of the technology we now take for granted was demonstrated for the very first time on Tomorrow’s World. The home computer, the mobile telephone and the compact disc all made their debut on the show. Beginning in 1965, the BBC’s flagship science programme ran for nearly 40 years. You can now view the classic episodes of the series online in the BBC digital archive.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/
Access: Free

ICA Talks

Previously unpublished recordings of Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) talks from the 1980s online went online on the 25th September at the Archival Sound Recordings website of the British Library. Featuring talks and debates with top cultural, artistic and political figures of the day, this latest addition to the archive offers a chance to explore in detail cultural directions in the UK from 1981 to 1994.
Link: http://sounds.bl.uk
Access: Athens account required

Friday, September 25, 2009

Vintage Esquire Covers

via Grain Edit
Link: http://grainedit.com/2009/09/23/vintage-esquire-covers-1953-1961/
Access: Free

Odosketch

Odosketch is a new online sketching application that attempts to replicate the experience of drawing with natural media.
Link: http://sketch.odopod.com/
Access: Free

American History

This excellent website, from the University of Wyoming, presents a number of collections of visual resources on American history. The attractively designed and easy-to-use website has, as of September 2009, eighteen collections with over 20,000 images available. Each collection can be browsed easily, and some limited information is presented on one or two of the collections. The images vary quite greatly from issues over racial segregation and protest in the latter 1960s to collections of images relating to the American frontier and rodeos. This is an interesting and highly useful website for those interested in all things American.
Link: http://digital.uwyo.edu/
Access: Free

Journal Table of Contents

The Journal TOCs service allows you to search the latest Table of Contents (TOCs) of 12,623 journals from 422 publishers. More journals are added continuously. You can start by searching for TOCs by journal title or by keywords. You also can browse TOCs by publisher or by subject. Then, if you click on a journal title, the latest Table of Contents will be displayed.
Link: http://www.journaltocs.hw.ac.uk/index.php
Access: Free

Creative Development Toolkit

NESTA have launched a new Creative Development Toolkit, which includes guidance, activities, downloadable worksheets and case studies to challenge individuals to draw on their creative and personal strengths to launch their own creative businesses. The toolkit is accompanied by tutor notes - supportive information aimed at university professionals and enterprise organisations
Link: http://www.nesta.org.uk/enterprise-toolkit/
Access: Free

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Free Artist Bookmarks

The Library is participating in the 2009 Bookmarks project, organised by the Centre for Fine Print Research and the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Participating artists each produce an edition of 100 bookmarks for free distribution. The bookmarks are collated into sets, with one full set sent to each artist, and the rest divided and sent in small boxes to participating galleries, bookstores and libraries for free distribution. Each bookmark is archived in the gallery section of the Bookmarks website, with the artist’s details.
You'll find this year's bookmarks at the library service desk - simply help yourself to the one you like best!
Link: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/bkmks7/

Le Pas d'Acier

The 'Le Pas d'Acier 1925' website describes Princeton University's re-creation in April 2005 of 'Soviet', the machine age ballet, originally written in 1925 by set and costume designer Georgii Yakoulov and composer Sergey Prokofiev, choreographed by LĂ©onide Massine, and produced by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1927. The website provides information about the project and the exhibition that was held at Princeton University from 7 to 9 April 2005. The contructivist resource also contains substantial documentary materials on the work at Princeton and on the sources of the research, with contributions from leading scholars in the field of music and dance. Co-ordinated by British dance historian Lesley-Anne Sayers, with choreography and staging by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, this project to document, discuss and disseminate the ballet's staging, and the research and collaboration that went into it, will be of interest to anyone involved in the history of the performing arts, reconstruction, modernism in music, movement and scenic design, early Soviet history and culture or in the work of Prokofiev or Yakoulov.
Link: http://www.pasdacier.co.uk/
Access: Free

Monday, September 21, 2009

Scandinavian Logos

Vancouver based designer Oliver Tomas has uploaded a collection of Scandinavian logos from the 1960s & 70s to his Flickr account
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ad_symphoniam/sets/72157622132873798
Access: Free

British News Media

Intute has recently launched five quick guides for historians wanting to make the most of the Web for research, including one on News Media History. Each of the guides is introduced by an academic expert in their field and features links to the best websites for new researchers and those seeking primary sources.
Link: http://www.intute.ac.uk/themes/historical/britishnewsmedia.html
Access: Free

Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe

The Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe archive is an online collection and exhibit of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. It documents the lives, work, and loves of the pioneer of American art photography Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) and the painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1886-1986). The couple married, and their love affair is possibly one of the most famous in art. The collection has around 850 images freely available online. These include photographs, letters, sketches and preliminary work, clippings, and other documentary materials. Images are available at a large size (1000 pixels on the longest size, on images tested) and are not overlaid by watermarks. Images are accompanied with basic archival information. The collection may be searched by keyword, or simply browsed. This is a valuable collection of primary materials for those interested in these artists, their work, and their circle.
Link: http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/asgo.html
Access: Free

A.E. Halliwell, Design Educationist

This database is a digital record of the collection of A.E. Halliwell, a design educationist, who taught in higher education from the mid 1930s until the 1960s.The work here can be searched via the powerful interface of the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) website, with advanced search options and a saveable lightbox facility. The collection includes Halliwell's own work as a student at the Royal College of Art, his work as a professional graphic designer in Britain in the 1930s, and the work of students he taught at Camberwell School of Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. This includes original designs for publicity posters from around the 1920s to 1940s, material illustrating graphic and industrial design work by students, as well as paintings by Halliwell and his wife. The Halliwell Collection is part of the National Arts Education Archive (Trust), which is based at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, and was established in 1985 to preserve documentary trace developments in art, craft and design education from the last century to the present.
Link: http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/HC.html
Access: Free

Design Research Society Proceedings 2008

These Web pages give free access to the Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2008, which was held at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. The Proceedings were published online in September 2009. The multidisciplinary papers may be browsed A-Z by author, although no titles are given alongside names. The alternative method offered is to search by Day / Session, which then entails returning to the A-Z to hunt down the required author. There is also a keyword search box. Around 220 papers are listed on the website, and most of those tested were found to be full-text PDF files. Example full-text titles include: 'Visual Rhetoric in Outdoor Advertising'; 'Theoretical and Practical Reflections of an Emerging Approach in Office Architecture'; and 'Retail design: lighting as an atmospheric tool, creating experiences which influence consumers' mood and behaviour in commercial spaces', among many others.
Link: http://digitalcommons.shu.ac.uk/drs2008/
Access: Free

Rematerialise

Rematerialise is a physical and online library of materials made from waste resources. It is one of the largest databases of sustainable materials in the World, holding examples of 1200 materials with less environmental impact. The website offers access to the database (which at the time of writing is being upgraded, although access to an early version is provided). This can be browsed by material type. The library may also be consulted in person and the website provides details about this.
Link: http://extranet.kingston.ac.uk/rematerialise/
Access: Free

Bruce Weber: Gone Fishing

This is a new 2009 Sundance Channel online exhibition and website for the photographer and film-maker Bruce Weber (1946-). It is the first such website, and includes biographical details, photos, videos, and a music playlist selected by Weber. Weber is widely known for his influential and controversial photographic work with Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch, Versace, Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle, and Interview, among others. He has also made feature films, documentaries, and pop videos. Two of his most acclaimed short films are made freely available online in full: 'Being Boring' and 'You Feel Me', both made for The Pet Shop Boys.
Link: http://www.sundancechannel.com/bruce-weber/
Access: Free

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

Online exhibition about Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes from the Library of Congress. Features material concerning the Ballets Russes, one of the most influential dance companies of the twentieth century. Most of the objects come from the Library's Bronislava Nijinska collection. Nijinska, sister of the legendary Ballets Russes member Vaslav Nijinsky, was also a dancer and a choreographer for the company. Objects include photographs of Diaghilev and members of the company, musical scores, production photographs, costume designs, dance notation manuscripts, souvenir programs, and posters.
Link: http://myloc.gov/Exhibitions/balletsrusses/Pages/default.aspx
Access: Free

National Archives Education

Today sees the launch of The National Archives' new education website. The website replaces the award-winning Learning Curve, with all the same resources for teaching and learning history, but in an exciting new design and a structure that should make resources much easier to find. Additional topics include the formation of the United Kingdom, war art and public information films.
Link: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education
Access: Free

Carpet Manufacture in Scotland


The Stoddard Design Library is a unique collection of over 500 volumes acquired by the GSA Library in 2009. The volumes all come from the design library of James Templeton and Co. (later incorporated into Stoddard International), an internationally important firm of carpet designers and manufacturers that supplied carpets for the Titanic, several large country houses, Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, and many other large commissions. Based in an architectural landmark on Glasgow Green (based on the Doge’s Palace in Venice), by 1950 the firm was Glasgow’s largest employer with 7,000 employees.
The design library was used by the firm’s designers as a source of inspiration or motifs for carpets, with particular strengths in modernist, Art Nouveau and Japanese ornament. Subjects cover a wide range, from costume to ornament, and from interiors to textiles. The collection was acquired as part of a consortium with the firm’s business records and carpets now residing at the University of Glasgow Archives and Glasgow Museums respectively. Funded came from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the National Fund for Acquisitions, Friends of the National Libraries, Glasgow Museums Acquisitions Fund, Friends of Glasgow Museums, and others.
GSA Library is currently following a project plan to assess, sort and catalogue the collection for public access. Some volumes have already been catalogued, with records available through the main library catalogue. The full hand list on the collection is available below. Access is available to anyone with a genuine research interest, but please note that access is strictly by prior appointment only via our Academic Liaison Librarians.
In the meantime, the BBC has produced a useful beginners' guide to carpet manufacture in Scotland, with many Stoddard and Templeton images and interviews with former staff.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/hist/employment/carpets/
Access: Free

Artists' Bookfair at Scottish Poetry Library

The annual one-day artists' bookfair takes place this Saturday 28 September 2009 at the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh from 11-6. Entrance is free.
  • Stalls, displays and talks.
  • Drop in to browse or buy
  • Meet publishers, artists, editors, and poets from Scotland and beyond
  • Listen to talks artists' books and publishing
Exhibiting artists and presses include: 20x20magazine; Artist Book Group; Artists Books Online; The Caseroom Press; Essence Press; David Faithfull; The Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop; Rag-and-Bone Shop Books; The Ingleby Gallery; Hamish MacDonald; Magma Poetry Magazine; Mariscat Press; Metal Rabbit Editions; The Owl & Lion Gallery; Read This Press; Red Squirrel Press; Roncadora Press; Salt + Shaw; Scottish Pamphlet Poetry; Stichill Marigold Press; Mary Thomson; Unbordered Artist' Books (Susie Goodwin & Anna Davis); Wild Hawthorn Press: the Archive of Ian Hamilton Finlay; Writers' Bloc.
Link: http://www.spl.org.uk/events/by_leaves.html
Access: Free

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Film Literature Index

This is the website for the Film Literature Index (FLI). The FLI annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. The FLI Online contains approximately 700,000 citations to film, television and video articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001. One can search the database by keyword, production title or person. There is also an advanced search function to limit results. One can also browse the database by subject headings, person names, production titles or corporate names.
Link: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/fli/index.jsp
Access: Free

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Intypes

Intypes (Interior Archetypes Research and Teaching Project), is an online database providing a consistent... "typology of contemporary interior design practices". This free and well-designed website was launched in July 2009 at the NeoCon World's Trade Fair in Chicago. The Project, said to be "13 years in the making", has been worked on by Cornell University faculty and sixteen graduate students. The database has an advanced search form, and may also be accessed by intuitive illustrated A-Z indexes that are clearly linked from the front page. The website also has a full description of the project and project staff, and two founding partners - the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and Interior Design magazine.
Link: http://intypes.cornell.edu/
Access: Free

Computer Baroque

Launched in March 2009 at Tate Modern in London, 'Computer Baroque' is an online archival collection of exemplary and innovative short films, all made using computer animation between 1982 and 1995. 15 short films from this period are freely available to view on the website, and are presented using Flash video. Films are accompanied by substantial curatorial notes by curator Richard Wright. The collection aims to represent a period... "in which computer animation was the focus for audacious and exuberant experiments across all areas of new media, art and technology".
Link: http://www.animateprojects.org/films/by_project/computer_baroque/baroque
Access: Free