She shoots with everything from Polaroids to laptops to disposable cameras. Her photos are a hot dose of narcissism. Here’s native Swede and Paris resident Lina Scheynius.
Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person. Participants must be willing to type up an inventory of their collection, provide a means of contact and share their collection with the public. Collectors can be based in any geographic location. The purpose of this project is for large collections of materials to become accessible so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged.
In addition to hosting collection inventories and other information, www.publiccollectors.org includes digital collections that are suitable for web presentation, do not have a physical material analog, or are difficult or impossible to experience otherwise. These photos from one of the digital collections on the site show a sampling of face painting options at about five different vendor booths in Mexico City. My personal favorite…Pirata!
Found a collection of cigarette cards at the digital gallery of NY Public Library. I really like the proportions and the symbols for each armed forces division.
Was reading up about Salmonellosis today when I came across this interesting bit of information: The Four-Inch Law refers to a regulation passed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1975 outlawing the sale of turtles with a carapace length of less than four inches. Exceptions are present for scientific and educational use, export, and private sale. The law was enacted, according to the FDA, “because of the public health impact of turtle-associated Salmonellosis”. There had been reported cases of young children placing small turtles in their mouths, which led to the size-based restriction. Strange world, strange world…
From Iowa to Savannah to Atl to NYC, she’s a maker, materialsmith, a MFA in metals. Kristi Sword’s works in textures and contrasts. Good stuff, stuff, stuff.
Believe in god or not, the design work Matthew Wahl is doing for Christians is very nice work, and very progressive. Rock on God
We recently got an “offer” to work on a large art show revolved around an alcohol brand which I will leave unnamed and have no desire to call them out. This isn’t about one brand, it is about ALL companies that do this. Sadly, we get offers like this on a semi-regular basis. This is a very common practice for companies (same free pitches), and why shouldn’t it? Designers, artists, etc will GIVE their work away for free. Why pay?
When I started out, I would do free work for anyone and everyone. The internet was very young and so was I. I honestly have nothing against the concept of doing free work for small companies, friends, etc. It is how I got my work to reach people across the globe, it is smart sometimes to do free work as you can reach a large audience by doing one small job. In all fairness though, the work I did normally was for indy sites, portals, etc. Not for companies that pull in dollar amounts that we can’t dream of.
When I went to school, our teachers taught us to NEVER do free work. It was something that I quickly forgot about when I needed work for my portfolio, so I could get a “real job.” I would do free work and the jobs would take forever to complete because of constant changes and other disrespectful acts that I will not delve into. It’s free, so maybe its worth nothing? After I finished the nightmare projects, I sure felt like my work was worth nothing and I would never put the work that I did into my portfolio because the “client” directed the work into something I was embarrassed to show.
I will give an example of what I am talking about. Let’s say you are doing a brochure for a small bed and breakfast. Maybe you even know them. It costs $200 dollars a night to stay there and you charge $800 for a brochure. Then you should get around 4 complimentary visits for your work. Would seem fair to me.
But this rant isn’t about tiny companies that struggle to survive, its about large ones that seduce people into thinking they are doing the artists a favor for showing your work. Like they respect your work enough to be associated with you, but not enough to pay you so you can continue to pay rent and do that work. They are NOT doing you a favor, you are doing a whole campaign for them, for free. It’s time for this devaluing practice to stop.