Friday, January 8, 2010
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This is a blog documenting a project that will span exactly one year, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. On each of those 365 days, I will photograph or draw (and occasionally paint) one collection. Most of the collections are real and exist in my home or studio; those I will photograph. Some are imagined; those I will draw or (occasionally) paint.
Since I was a young girl, I have been obsessed both with collecting and with arranging, organizing and displaying my collections. This is my attempt to document my collections, both the real and the imagined. Some of my collections are so large that I will need to photograph them separately over several days. I will likely not attempt to photograph collections in which the individual pieces are large in size or awkward in shape (i.e. my art collection or vintage enamel dishware collection). The only rule is that I must photograph or draw a whole or part of a collection each day for 365 days and post the result here on this blog.
The practice of collecting and documenting collections is as old as the hills. I want onlookers here to know that I do not profess to be doing anything new or unique or ingenious. I am embarking on this project because I love my collections, and I want to document them in a way that makes sense to me, and share them with whoever might be interested in looking at them.
This blog is open for comments. I encourage you to share your thoughts about what memories the photographs and drawings of my collections spark for you and what, if any, sense of nostalgia or repulsion they make you feel.
For those of you who have stumbled here and don’t already know me, my name is Lisa Congdon. I am an artist and illustrator, and I live in the Mission District of San Francisco with my partner Clay Lauren Walsh and our Chihuahua Wilfredo and two cats, Barry and Margaret. If you are interested, you can see the kind of artwork I make on my website or on the website of my illustration agent, Lilla Rogers. If you would like to see what my home looks like (as it contains many of my collections) you can see a house tour here. You can view my studio (also a repository) here.
they're beautiful and I can see you collect words as well as objects, because I had no idea what a missal was (a liturgical book containing all instructions and texts necessary for the celebration of Mass throughout the year) - who knew?ReplyDelete
wow hoe cool I've never seen old ones before. I love this blog already I'm gonna fav rite away!ReplyDelete
A collection a day, what a cool idea!ReplyDelete
this is a wonderfully creative idea, and i'm looking forward to the year ahead.ReplyDelete
this is lovely. and im so jealous of all your collections! Can not wait to see what is yet to come!ReplyDelete
Hi Lisa, just wanted to say how much I love this blog already! It encompasses everything I love - collections and multiples, packaging and pattern. I have featured you on my blog - hope that's ok!ReplyDelete
very nice..my vintage bibles look similar..love the smell of leatherbound books..ReplyDelete
dusty yet importantReplyDelete
An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. CheersReplyDelete