Sunday, August 20, 2017

What I Read This Week: August 20, 2017

This week's reading list is very (very) short. The Husband and out were out of town for most of the week so my completed reading is a pitiful pile. Also, I melted once we returned to the DC humidity. Now I remember why I enjoyed summer's in Upstate New York.

  • Books
    • I only managed a few pages more in Feral. The amount may have been pitiful, but the writing in the book is fantastic. It's some of the most vivid non-fiction prose I've read in a long time.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Friday Find: Pouch

The school year is just around the corner. In some districts, it might have already started. If you're looking for a way to store your (or your kids) pencils and other writing tools, I'd like to direct your attention to this pouch from NYPL. It's a chic and slightly nerdy way to store those class essentials.
You can buy this from the NYPL store.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why I Love... Books as Art

I am putting together a small exhibit for work that focuses on the book as an object of art. About a week ago, I searched our stacks looking for beautiful books. I found many and I loved every one of them. 

Books are already great because they take your mind to new places, but they are also physical objects. Books have bindings and printed pages which we can admire for their design and construction as well as their content. Some of the books I discovered in our stacks had stunning tooling and gilt work on the boards and spines. The geometric patterns shown brightly when tilted in the light. The covers can go beyond scroll work to include illustrations or vignettes based on the book's material. Many covers didn't shine, but were marbled in stunning colors and swirls. 

Inside the covers, end papers can include everything from printed designs, to maps, to illustrations. Books can also have wonderful illustrations printed inside that can vary from simple line drawings to full-color artistic paintings. Book owners can also paste in beautiful book plates which are collector's items themselves.

The edges of books are not to be overlooked. Many books of a certain era showcase gilt or marbled edges. Others offer stunning examples of fore-edge paintings. These books, when their pages are fanned just so, display stunning examples of landscape painting. When the book is closed, you'd never know such a stunning piece of work is there. 

Books have been around for hundreds of years and changes to binding and printing techniques have created so many beautiful pieces that it is impossible to list them all. You can see some great examples of beautiful books on the National Library of Sweden's Flickr page.

The next time you're in a bookstore, why not take a moment to pick up a book and just admire its artistry and design. You'll find that the item in your hands is a marvel to behold.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

What I Read This Week: August 13, 2017

Short post this week without any bells and whistles. The Husband and I are visiting my parents and I'm typing this up really quick before we go play tourist.
  • Magazines
    • HGTV, September 2017 - I don't even know why I bother including this title in the round-up. It's basically a catalog and I always flip through it very quickly. The only thing I slowed down for in this issue was the piece involving DIY makeovers of objects and styling options.
  • Books
    • I spent an hour on Sunday reading Before the Fall because I wanted to finish and return it to the library before we left on vacation. I achieved that mission and, while I enjoyed the book, the ending was so real to life that it made me angry. In a good way, I guess, but I was still cranky. This book is going to be hard to review without spoilers.
    • I'm now reading Feral. A book about rewilding by George Monbiot. So far, I love the writing.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Friday Find: Wild Mobile

Someone I know needs to have a baby soon so I have a reason to buy this mobile. It's so cute!

You can find this in the dropsofcolor Etsy shop.