Saturday, November 1, 2008


another trip to the library, returning some recalled books and picking up some new ones. Actually pretty old ones. 1936. Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain & Perfect Pronunciation. The even older, original version was created in 1836. I'm surprised the fine arts library has a copy for take home use. The HRC houses a copy too. So, this book came into being through play and collaboration and willingness and funding. "The artists, designers and printers, whose delightfully diverse solutions to a common problem appear on preceding pages, were invited to redesign an allotted page in any manner they pleased. Each was furnished with a photostat of the original page, each was free to do the page without restriction in style or technique, and without hampering suggestions...That this was a labor of love—both for the delight of children and for the interest of those within the Graphic Arts—is patent by the result." (A Note on This Book, 74). (I must insert here that I adore their style of writing, which I sense, seems to possess an infinitely higher level class and intellect than the present day) None of the contributers knew what their fellow collaborator's designs looked like. In the end of the book, all 41 designers, printers, and illustrators involved are listed with a short biography. No one received pay. All remarked similarly that this opportunity temporarily freed them from their actual paid work which they were tired of. Since all the designers used linotype and black ink plus perhaps one other color, the book looks visually cohesive, but each solution has its own style and approach. Fasinating to see all together.

I like this one:
"Oliver Oglethorpe ogled an owl and oyster: Did Oliver Oglethorpe ogle an owl and oyster? If Oliver Oglethorpe ogled an owl and oyster, where are the owl and oyster Oliver Oglethorpe ogled?"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

45 flavors of popcorn

About a month and a half ago, I wandered into Cornucopia, a tiny store on Guadelupe behind Veggie Heaven that sells 45 flavors of popcorn. (The place is located near Dobie Theater - convenient for sneaking popcorn into the movies) I discovered that the store recently opened in August - although it was also a popcorn place under different owners and name beforehand. Although I noticed a popcorn shop last year, I never wanted to go in until the venue changed names and signs. Funny. Looking in through the windows, I saw a brighter, fresher atmosphere with lime green walls and inviting tables with a few people talking.

The first time I entered, the girl behind the counter asked if I had ever been in before. I said no. Then she started handing me different flavor samples to try like Sopapilla (which I was curious about - since I just tried this form of puff pastry in Santa Fe) green apple, sweet corn, pesto. It was nice to be greeted with such welcome and the popcorn is delicious so I bought a bag of pesto and signed up on their email list. The girl behind the counter, actually one of the owners, punched a hole in a card and handed card and popcorn to me. Six punches = a free medium sz. bag of popcorn, she informed.

Because I signed up for the newsletter, I received an email today advertizing a breast cancer awareness fundraiser. All proceeds from popcorn balls sold during the event go toward a breast cancer charity, plus the event offered complimentary popcorn, cocktails and a movie screening. I stopped in today to support that cause and sample of course. This time I talked with the friendly owners and their friends. All wonderful people. One owner is the girl I met the first day and the other is another women in her 20's. I'm happy I noticed the store and went in.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bear likes beer.

Today, I met a dog who likes to drink beer. I was drinking from a tall, green, glass bottle a flavored carbonated beverage called Topo Chico [Twist of Lime. With a twist of natural flavor. Imported. No Refill. Lime flavor. NET CONT. 11.5 OZ. Made in Mexico. Please Recycle. Ingredients: water, carbon dioxide, citric acid and lime essential oils.] Bear, the dog, kept sneaking over whenever I put the bottle on the coffee table. His owner told me she rescued him from the streets. He belonged to homeless people. Once, she took Bear to the Dog & Duck Pub and he guzzled down her beer as soon as she turned her back.


This is a poster for a paper show designed by Ikko Tanaka and photographed by Nakamoto Noritoyo in 1988. Why do I love this? 
- light and shadow, texture, colors
- integration of word as image
- word doing what it says/relationship of form to content
- composition: neg/pos space, straight and angular lines of letters with crinkly and random lines of paper
Interesting - I mean I can look at this image again and again without growing bored