Tuesday, January 19, 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.
beautiful. just discovered you through camilla engman! i love the whole idea.ReplyDelete
what is it about the drawn collections? are they the ones you WOULD LOVE TO possess? or are they the ones which you haven't photographed yet?ReplyDelete
the combs are really funny..
Ieva, they are just imagined. If I owned them, they would be photographed. ;-)ReplyDelete
these kind of look like the combs my mom uses at her beauty salon. although shes not japanese, she just likes pretty combs on pretty ladies. beautiful contours.ReplyDelete
I love viewing all the collections on your posts. What a super idea. Some of these combs are kind of wonky.... (I wonder how to use them :0) I love them as a collection.ReplyDelete
an interesting collection of combs! :) love your drawing style.ReplyDelete
greetings from hk...
fun idea... i love the threads wrapped around cardboard and the scissors in the blog header. i actually have one of those vintage birthday cards in my own collection. looking forward to 330 some odd more pages.ReplyDelete
I am also collecting mainy thing...but all wat nobody collet if you want photos i can send you..ReplyDelete
Lisa! i love your project. I wrote about at my blog. Kram from SwedenReplyDelete
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thank you for nice informationReplyDelete
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