Thursday, March 06, 2008

Bookshelf: Creative Inspiration

Today, books (plus a magazine) to inspire, amuse, and stimulate the creative imagination. Clockwise from top left: Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects With Unexpected Significance by Joshua Glenn and Carol Hayes, Princeton Architectural Press; The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher, Phaidon; Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay, Random House; Vinyl, Records and Covers by Artists by Guy Schraenen, Museu D'art Contemporani de Barcelona; Cabinet: A Quarterly Magazine of Art and Culture, Cabinet Magazine (Note: you can read selected Cabinet articles online here); By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design by Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger, Princeton Architectural Press.

Poetry in Motion

These are stills from one of the earliest films made, an 1895-1897 Biograph short of dancing sisters Annabelle and Chrissie Sheridan performing in a specially designed costume. I've seen this, and it's just as amazing today as it must have been when it was first made -- like watching a whirling flower, or a jellyfish. You get a real sense of excitement from this, too -- of how the pioneers of film were really exploring the possibilities of this new medium. From sixmartinis, via the always fascinating Little Hokum Rag.

Denyse Schmidt

This has been in my inspiration file for a while -- it's a corner of Denyse Schmidt's home, from the lovely Design*Sponge. Beautifully displayed and inspiring objects -- I like how the wires of the hand sculpture are echoed by the drawing.
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