A COLLECTION OF

Month: February, 2011

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  Anastasia Ugorskaya‘s art embodies a kind of infinite calm. When I view her drawings, I feel focused by the deliberateness of her gesture and transported through her textures and gradients. This text about her work embodies some questions that I have been asking myself recently. Here is Anastasia talking to us about her life as an […]

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The quote above and listening to Cass Eliot singing, Make Your Own Kind Of Music, have been helping me get through the days lately.

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I recently finished reading Maggie Nelson’s Bluets — a love letter of sorts to the color blue in all its shades – which I recommend to those interested in writing situated at the cross-section of love, loss, obsession and desire. At one point, Nelson introduces the satin bowerbird, a bird that solely uses blue objects to lure […]

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The Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus Macrophylla) is a strangler fig which means:  “Seed germination usually takes place in the canopy of a host tree and the seedling lives as an epiphyte until its roots establish contact with the ground. It then enlarges and strangles its host, eventually becoming a freestanding tree by itself. “(wikipedia)  Because of this the MBF characteristically forms beautifully […]

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Paul Shoebridge, one half of the creative duo called The Goggles, emailed me a link to a project they recently launched called Welcome to Pine Point. Though The Goggles initially set out to do a book about the death of photo albums as a way to house memories, things changed (as they sometimes do) when […]

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Let me introduce you to Brian Baughn.  He is a programmer and musician, and makes me laugh so much every time I see him.  Not only are you lucky readers getting his interview, but he is also gifting a really rad font set to you all!  You can download the fonts HERE (from his website Manufacturing […]

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Cloud Piece is part of Grapefruit, Yoko Ono’s collection of drawings and event scores first published in 1964. Event scores are poetic instructions to be used as performance in the spirit of fluxus. They use simple gestures and ideas to access the unexpected, using the imagination to transcend and experience the every day in new ways. According to […]

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By looking at the firing patterns of a group of cells in rats, scientists at MIT were able to determine that animals do dream and that their dreams are connected to actual experiences.  The experiment consisted of monitoring brain activity in trained rats running on a circular track for food rewards. This created distinct neuron […]

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(Image credit: Stefani Greenwood) In case you didn’t see the links on our twitter and facebook, we did a guest post on Lottie + Doof earlier this week. We are huge fans of Lottie + Doof and Tim was one of the first people we interviewed when we started A COLLECTION OF. Needless to say, we […]

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One of the coolest places in Los Angeles is Aardvarks Letterpress, right near MacArthur Park.  It is run by Brooks and Cary Ocon with master pressman Bill Berkuta (pictured above).  Aardvarks has full typesetting capabilities and  has its own fully operational Linotype machine, two Ludlow typesetting machines, and an extensive collection of hand-set type. Aardvark […]