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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Weekly Reader

[Image via GCSU Museum.]

A little update on that GCSU Museum fall exhibition mentioned here the other day:  Curator Shannon Morris has posted the official date of the opening reception, September 15 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also, Mickey Smith's work will be exhibited concurrently with Stories by Jessica Bruah. Click here for more on the literary themes that weave together the two exhibitions with the Milledgeville, Georgia school.

 [Screengrabs of porcelain book lights by Maria Olevik and Maria Larsson as seen in Man Shops Globe, episode five, season two, from Sundance Channel.]

Book-inspired fine art and design seem to be all around me this week. If you're keeping up with Keith Johnson on Man Shops Globe, Wednesday's episode takes place in Sweden where he pops in on "The Marias" and their porcelain books.

Shown above, Maria Olevik's and Maria Larsson's functional piece, a limited edition light made from ceramic books combined with real antique books bound together with a leather strap.

 [Video about the Marias. Click here to watch.]

[Images via AbeBooks' Collectible Travelogues.]

And more old editions. has gathered together an assortment of vintage travelogues, many with striking covers. Two designs that jumped out at me: the covers for An English Girl's First Impressions of Burmah by Elizabeth Ellis, and Mark Twain's Following the Equator. Both were originally published in the 19th century.  Truth be told, I know very little about the contents of Ellis'  but, again, I'm fascinated by antique book design.


Karena said...

Courtney, these are wonderful. I love the lights!

Art by Karena

Emile de Bruijn said...

Love that Mickey Smith image - the beauty of wear and tear.

Milk and Honey Home said...

I need to check this out! My mema lives on Lake I have grown up around GCSU. And as a fomer English teacher...I'm obsessed with books. Great post.

Unknown said...

Milk and Honey,

We would love to have both you and your Mema present at the opening.