True Anatomy - A Visual Chart of the Actual Workings of the Human Mind
A colorful 5 1/2"w x 8 1/2"h multi-layered chart
of of the true workings of the mysterious human mind. See into the
subconscious where speed boats, roasted turkeys, light bulbs, hammers,
death cap mushrooms, toads, tractors, and small squirrels influence your
dreams and actions. The human psyche revealed in this surreal collage
made from cutting up books!
After a hiatus of several years, we have again started selling some items on Etsy.com, the selling site for crafts and vintage items. Here we are selling our recycled journals made from old library books, vintage children's books, and collage cards which feature collage art made by Sean and I the old fashioned way - scissors, Exacto knife, glue stick and.... cutting up old books. The cards are a mere $3.
I must say I like the way the Etsy storefront shows the thumbnail photos of our books and cards - quite the colorful array. In the future we will be adding more cards - including block printed cards, and possibly some original collage artwork and assemblages.
This weekend I went to an estate sale with my friend Tim. We were planning to go garage saleing, but this being Juneuary in Seattle, it was too rainy for outdoor sales. Sometimes sales advertised as "estate sales" are really just misnamed yard sales with small piles of crap, the sellers not realizing they have to be dead to really qualify for the more esteemed term. This small modest house in the Queen Anne neighborhood was the real thing. There's something a little creepy and sad about estate sales: the literal contents of a person's life-- drawers, closets, shelves laid out for strangers to rummage through and worth only pennies. Since the estate sale was held now, in 2012, you know the person was alive fairly recently, but often their possessions seemed to have stopped changing after a certain date, in this case 1978. So much bright polyester. I went straight to the bookshelves, which were pretty much filled with junk, but interesting junk, nevertheless. For instance, a pamphlet published by Reader's Digest about "Joe's Man Gland." Lots of beat up religious titles, nonfiction pocket books from the sixties, a cool children's ex-library book from the fifties on America's Heritage from the Ancient World, that I actually bought. The books' owner was one of those people who leave lots of little scraps inside their books: coupons, lists, notes, a paper butterfly.
The best find, though, was the Official Program: Treasures of Tutankhamun which was exhibited at the Seattle Center in 1978 - and which is once again exhibiting in Seattle (and there's a really cool giant Anubis statue outside the downtown train station). I remember King Tut mania from around that time period. My fifth grade classroom had a decorated plywood box the kids were supposed to crawl around inside with a flashlight (like archaeologists!), answering questions the teacher had stuck to the inside walls with thumbtacks. And who could forget:
King Tut (King Tut)
Now when he was a young man,
He never thought he'd see
People stand in line to see the boy king.
(King Tut) How'd you get so funky?
(Funky Tut) Did you do the monkey?
Born in Arizona,
Moved to Babylonia (king Tut)....
This program was published by The Weekly, a Seattle tabloid that still exists. Besides the official program information, it's filled with ads for local businesses with Tut-themed graphics and copy.
This publication is an example of what is known in the bookselling world as "ephemera": "From the Greek work ephemeron, meaning something that disappears quickly. Examples are: manifestos,
broadsides, programs, menus, tickets, playbills, etc." (Abebooks' Glossary)