Thursday, October 29, 2009

V&A Search the Collections

The V&A has just launched its Search the Collections website. Online visitors can now access one million V&A object records. The online records vary from detailed studies written by curators to more basic inventory information which might include the maker, provenance, production technique and style and Google maps showing places of origin. Visitors can also look up whether an object is on display and where in the V&A it can be found.
Link: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/
Access: Free

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Crafts Council Research

The Crafts Council has launched an online research hub, packed full of craft research links and resources. Drawing together research reports, blogs, conference proceedings and online discussion groups with links to academic research centres and major public sector research agencies, the hub is set to become a significant resource for contemporary craft research in the UK.
The research hub enables the nature and value of contemporary craft to be explored from a range of social, economic and cultural perspectives, invaluable for craft makers, teachers and other sector professionals, as well as students and researchers. Currently in its pilot phase, the hub will be updated and developed over the coming year in response to feedback.
Link: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/professional-development/research-and-information/
Access: Free

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Frieze Art Fair Podcasts

This year’s Frieze Art Fair talks are now available to stream or download. Talks include John Baldessari in conversation with Matthew Higgs and Sylvère Lotringer on the relationshop between art and theory.
Link: http://www.friezeartfair.com/podcasts/
Access: Free

Children's Illustration 2

The Virtual Children's Books Exhibits website is hosted by Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University, and showcases items from Cotsen's collection of children's materials dating from the 15th century onwards. The site is divided into four virtual exhibits, entitled: 'Water Babies'; 'Magic Lantern'; 'Creepy-Crawlies'; and 'Beatrix Potter'. Each exhibit consists of images taken from books or works that relate to the overall theme. The images are accompanied by brief descriptions and where relevant, publication and date information.
Link: http://library.princeton.edu/libraries/cotsen/exhibitions/index.html
Access: Free

Children's Illustration

A Taste of Horton' is a website hosted by Aberystwyth University Library and Information Services that shows some illustrations from this valuable collection of rare children's material (much of it in English) from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The website gives a sample of the items available in the physical collection, via an index of authors leading to descriptions of selected works, with digital images of a few of the illustrations from each.
Link: http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/academicliaison/horton/default.asp
Access: Free

Berlin Wall

This collection of television and radio clips from the BBC Archive looks at how one city, Berlin, came to represent the political stand-off between East and West during the Cold War. It also explores what the consequences of this were for citizens united by family, employment and friendship but divided by a 27-mile-long fortified concrete and mesh barrier: the Berlin Wall.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/berlinwall/
Access: Free

Friday, October 16, 2009

Martin Parr Talks

Photographer Martin Marr discusses his latest exhibition Parrworld in the latest of Baltic's podcasts.
Link: http://www.balticmill.com/podcasts/
Access: Free

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cuthbert Bede and Victorian Photography

October’s Book of the Month from Edinburgh University Library is “Photographic Pleasures” by Cuthbert Bede. The book is a comical and satirical Victorian work about development of early photography, and it provides a concise insight into the world of Victorian photography. The book, published in 1855, treats the subject of photography in a light-hearted and humorous manner, and is illustrated throughout with drawings by the author.
Link: http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/oct2009.html
Access: Free

Electric Dreams

If you want to study the effects of technology on families, society, and behaviour take a look at this series on BBC iplayer that gets a family to live through technolgy changes since 1970. Over 30 days one family travel from 1970 to 2000, living with nothing but the technology around at the time. An interactive “Time Tunnel” provided on the website that accompanies the series allows you to travel through the 70s, 80s & 90s.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/electricdreams/time-tunnel/index.shtml
Access: Free

BBC Wildlife Finder

Hundreds of wildlife video clips have been made available online via the BBC Wildlife Finder. Find out more about specific animals and their habitats and watch Sir David Attenborourgh’s favourite moments from the last 30 years of wildlife film making.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wildlifefinder/
Access: Free

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

MFA Dissertations

Master of Fine Art dissertations from former students at the Glasgow School of Art are now available for consultation in the Library, following transfer from the School of Fine Art. The dissertations cover a wide range of subjects, from virtual reality to public space, and are all now indexed in the library catalogue. As with other dissertations, access is reference only in the Library.

Scottish Craft

Scottish Craft has just relaunched its website, which aims to offer a shop window to a wider range of Scotland’s art, craft and design community.
Link: http://www.scottishcraft.com/
Access: Free

Monday, October 12, 2009

Polish Book Covers

Polish book covers courtesy of Journey Round My Skull
Link: http://tinyurl.com/lj5a5b
Access: Free

The Coveted

Glasgow Craft Mafia member Sarah has just launched of her new magazine The Coveted, with writing about Scottish fashion and independent designers. Issue 1 is free to read online.
Link: http://issuu.com/thecovetedmag/docs/issue_one
Access: Free

Richard Long Goes Underground

Richard Long has designed the new Tube Map cover for the London Underground with a design based on the I Ching hexagram symbolising Earth.

Friday, October 09, 2009

AIDS Posters

A project to catalogue and digitise the Wellcome Library's collection of 3,000 international AIDS posters has just been completed. Forming one of the fourth largest collections in the world, almost all the posters were acquired from a single collector based in Amsterdam. They derive from 99 countries and include a staggering 75 different languages. The two largest collections come from the USA and Germany.
The posters offer an insight into the reactions and prejudices surrounding the worldwide AIDS epidemic during the 1980s and '90s. They were designed to be displayed to warn people against the causes of AIDS, to educate them on the disease and reveal health policies and concerns in specific countries and regions through a variety of words and designs.
Link: http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/doc_wtd043371.html
Access: Free

World War I Posters

During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. The ability of posters to inspire, inform, and persuade combined with vibrant design trends in many of the participating countries to produce thousands of interesting visual works. The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division makes available online approximately 1,900 posters created between 1914 and 1920. Most relate directly to the war, but some German posters date from the post-war period and illustrate events such as the rise of Bolshevism and Communism, the 1919 General Assembly election and various plebiscites.
Link: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/wwiposhtml/wwiposabt.html
Access: Free

Metaphrog Adapt Edwin Morgan

Glasgow comic artists Metaphrog have been commissioned by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies to make a comic adaptation of Edwin Morgan's poem, The First Men on Mercury, to celebrate National Poetry Day. The resulting comic story spans four, full colour A4 pages and has had the blessing of the poet himself. 32 500+ copies have been distributed to all pupils in Glasgow Secondary schools on the 8th of October. Those of us who are a bit older, can read the comic online including some behind the scenes information on the making of the comic.
Link: http://www.metaphrog.com/mercury
Access: Free

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Van Gogh's Letters

The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam has just launched van Gogh's entire correspondence online. Search across and view all 902 letters to and from van Gogh, including annotations, illustrations, transcriptions and translations.
Link: http://www.vangoghletters.org/vg/
Access: Free

Monday, October 05, 2009

Dick Bruna

18 Dick Bruna book covers, via Grain Edit.
Link: http://grainedit.com/2009/10/05/20-dick-bruna-book-covers/
Access: Free

GPO Posters

The 'Designs on Delivery: GPO Posters from 1930 to 1960' website has been produced by the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre, in collaboration with the British Postal Museum and Archive. It explores how the GPO translated, often complex, messages to the public in order to educate them about the services offered by using text, image, and colour. The website is illustrated with images of all 25 of the posters, provided by the the British Postal Museum and Archive, and additional images from the Eckersley Estate and the London Transport Museum. These include four designs produced to boost the war effort on the Home Front during the Second World War.
Link: http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/postofficeposters.shtml
Access: Free

Olympic Lives

East Londoners are being given an opportunity to share their views on how the Olympics is affecting their lives in an online archive developed by JISC and the University of East London (UEL). Their blogs, videos and audio will form a public library alongside a unique searchable archive of filmed focus groups and recorded oral histories which set out to track the social impact of the Olympics on the local area, providing a resource for teaching, learning, research and policy makers. East London Lives 2012 is a unique project as it aims to share the views of residents in the five host Olympic boroughs and their views on two key areas - community development and the health of local people in the lead up to the Games and beyond.
Link: http://eastlondonlives2012.net
Access: Free

Design Council Slide Collection Goes Online

Four thousand images from the Design Council slide collection are launching online today with JISC support, providing a unique insight into the history of British design and its promotion by the UK government from the 1940s to the early 1990s. From teacups and tricycles to clocks and cola bottles, the images provide valuable visual evidence of the ways in which design has been evaluated and promoted throughout this period, through the Design Council which is the UK's national strategic body for design. The images show a wide variety of products including tableware, furniture, lighting, toys, domestic appliances, textiles, wallpapers, office equipment, engineering components and machinery, as well as other areas of design such as architecture, town planning, interior design, graphic design and corporate identity.
Link: http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/DCSC.html
Access: Free

Vision of Britain Through Time

Free access to over 2 centuries of facts, figures, surveys, maps, data and travel writing, illustrating home 15,000 places across Britain have changed. Includes historic boundary maps, British travel writing, unemployment records, and land use surveys.
Link: http://vision.port.ac.uk/
Access: Free

Capturing Reality

Website from the National Film Board of Canada, bringing together interviews with dozens of film-makers discussing the art of documentary, including Nick Broomfield and Werner Herzog.
Link: http://films.nfb.ca/capturing-reality/
Access: Free