Thursday, 12 April 2018

Dear Data...

With not much to talk about in the colouring world ( and I'm sure you don't want me to bore you with my own colouring) I thought I'd tell you about a project I came across recently. I had been googling about postcards and I came across mention of the book Dear Data.



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Two young designers, who didn't know each other until meeting at an arts festival, decided to make and send each other postcards every week for a year. Stefanie lives in London and Giorgia lives in New York. They are both visual designers who love data.

Right, that got me interested. On occasions I've collected data about myself - mostly about what I eat! When their year was up, they put together a fascinating book, taking one week at a time and showing what they learnt about themselves and how they depicted this data in a postcard.

Each week they decided on a theme so that they were both focussed on the same subject. For example in week 1 they decided to keep data on how often they each checked what the time was during the day and week.

Giorgia allocated different symbols as she checked the time for - on purpose, just glanced, because she thought of the project, because she thought "don't look" but she did, because she was bored, because she was hungry, she heard someone say the time aloud. Then she also allocated attributes for checking the time - she was running late, she was fine, thought of her wrist watch, checking the alarm clock, glared at the clock while doing something else.
All this she collected up and displayed it as vertical columns of symbols, a column for each day.

Stefanie used different symbols for where she checked the time - phone, laptop, tablet, husband's phone, watch, car, microwave, friend's oven, church clock. She took note of what time of the day these time-checking events happened and came up with a lovely diagram that moved out from the centre in a star shape with little symbols on each arm. 

When they'd completed their postcards they mailed them to each other.

Here are some other themes they used - the number of times they said "thank you', smiled at strangers, the doors they walked through, meeting new people, frequency of negative thoughts, etc. They learnt a lot about themselves as well as each other.

All rather intriguing! As the weeks went by, the data often became more colourful with interesting patterns and drawings, but each one was an expression of data they'd collected. I can't show you any as that would break copyright, so instead, take a look at their website where you can read more about them and see many of these postcards - Dear Data Project website. Check your local library too, which is where I found my copy of the book.

Here is the image from their website - 


Dear Data Project website

Here's a video from their website - 







They have also produced a data postcard kit that two friends can share -



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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

4 Must See New Colouring Books for April

So, here are the books being published recently that have caught my eye, with purchase links. It's slim pickings again this month so I've included a couple of books that I had missed previously.
The release dates are based on Book Depository, so Amazon dates may vary.

You can see March new books - here
You can see February new books - here.
You can see January new books - here.
You can see December new books - here.
You can see November new books - here.
You can see October new books - here.



Colouring Books


Nightfall by Maria Trolle

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Smoki nad Krakowem

A Polish book that I missed a while ago.
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Amazon UK








Nice Little Town Easter by Tatiana Bogema

Another in this series.

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Amazon US;   Amazon UK








Dream Room by Ida Chiaki

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Friday, 23 March 2018

March Roundup...

It's quiet in the colouring world right now and has been getting progressively so for a while.
That means that this blog is looking at different bits and pieces that catch my eye and seem like a challenge. It's always about colour though.

Last month in the New Books list we had the new colouring book Fantomorphia from Kerby Rosanes.

This week has seen Johanna Basford announce her new book, World of Flowers, (links in the caption of the photo below),  due out in October. It is the same publisher as her more recent books so the quality of paper should be well thought out.



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Also due out will be a 2019 wall calendar based on Ivy & the Inky Butterfly. That should be available in July when most of the calendars and diaries are published.

My own colouring has been based on Wyspy which I'm now over halfway through. It's got to the point where the images are moving away from being sea based and on to the islands. You can read my review of this super book here. I am really enjoying it so much.
Here are the two most recent images -


Wyspy - The island in winter

and here is my farewell to this tree, also now in winter. I added in some water and a watery, winter sunrise - 


Wyspy - The winter tree


Also my weekly collage diary continues as does my Floribunda Journal - review here.

Another collage project started last month. I'd noticed as I flicked through vast numbers of magazines, cutting out bits and pieces, that often photos of cooking and recipes showed quite interesting cutlery beside the plates. 
That led me to start another collage book, based on colours, called "Cutlery on the Side". Each double page spread has at the outer edge of each page part of a plate of food with cutlery. Then I take the colours from the backgrounds, food or plates and pull together an eclectic collection of items in those colours.

In the last post I mentioned Postcrossing and my next collage project. The first couple of postcards have arrived and I've been thinking about how to organise this project. Initially I though I'd do it in countries but that didn't seem much of a challenge. 
So instead I'm going to take the four (maybe three) postcards as they arrive, from wherever, and make them into a cohesive collage. I'll probably deconstruct them, copy their stamps to use and maybe any interesting text and team them up with tourist photos, vintage travel posters, text and anything else that fits with the colours. 
This should prove quite challenging! So far I have two postcards from USA and one from Taiwan. Hopefully one more will come before Easter and I can get collaging.

The next post will be April's New Books. See you then.



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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Postcrossing for Collage

With my sidestep into messing around with collage - or really cut and paste - I've got interested in creating a book based on postcards. There's a wonderful collection of photographic and artistic postcards out there.
About this same time I picked up a trashy magazine that someone had left on a plane. In it was an article about an Australian woman who had been exchanging postcards with people all around the world. I like getting snail mail so I joined Postcrossing - here.
It's a well thought out process and I have found it quite engrossing. I've sent off seven postcards so far to Germany, Russia, Hungary, Finland, Taiwan and two to the US.

Sent Postcard #1 has arrived in Bitburg, Germany after just 9 days and has been registered on the site as having arrived. That means that someone has been given my address and in due course a postcard will arrive. I've no idea where it's coming from so that adds to the surprise.


Postcard sent #1 - view of Auckland from my local volcano, Mt Eden

Sent Postcard #2 has arrived in Spokane, Washington State, US after 15 days and has been registered so there will be a second postcard on it's way to me from some unknown person. This card is of a wonderful park close to me called Cornwall Park. In spring it is really special to walk through Twin Oaks Drive when the daffodils are out and baby lambs are around too. In autumn the colours are beautiful as you can imagine.


Cornwall Park, close to me in Auckland

No cards have arrived for me yet but I'll be fascinated to see what comes.

All this has led to me researching postcards and what's available on a non NZ theme.
I found this postcard book of really beautiful vintage fabric designs from the Collier Campbell archives -


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Just now I've found this huge pack of Animal postcards. Yes, I bought them - a bargain at Amazon US!


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I'd love to know if any of you are Postcrossing as well. I'll probably update this each weekend. Have a good week everyone. I'll be getting back into colouring Wyspy.

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