{a r c h i v e + a r t} #ColorOurCollections, February 1-5

Library lovers and artists of all stripes will adore the abundance of creative, archives-related goodness happening on the Internet this week. Libraries across the world have opened their collections for coloring with free coloring book pages available online. The New York Academy of Medicine is sponsoring the event and inviting people to share their creations with the #ColorOurCollections …

{a r c h i v e + p h o t o g r a p h y} Anna Atkins, cyanotype, and scientific illustration

  Over on Instagram, I featured a couple of images from the New York Public Library's digital collections. These gorgeous, ghostly images come from the library's copy of Photographs of British Algae by Anna Atkins, the first female photographer, and an amateur botanist. This was also the first book to be produced entirely using photographic methods. Read more …

Welcome, strivers! + Introduction

Hello, there! I have a few posts up, and I figured I need to introduce myself and this blog. My name is Elizabeth Pinborough. I am a bookish child of the 80s who is always on some sort of creative quest. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree in English I joined the ranks of Garrison Keillor's fictional society …

{#tbt: a r c h i v e + d e s i g n}

So, I have fallen in love with the photos in the State Library of New South Wales Flickr account. Currently I am engrossed with putting a modern twist on them with doodles and designs. The photo above was particularly stunning to me. Mrs. Wing Fang is in Sydney on what appears to be the deck of …

Culture + The Remix (Library Edition)

Libraries mixing it up The Internet increasingly lends itself to wild combinations, in the best ways. Internet artists, bloggers, curators, and designers cleverly remix ideas, images, sound bites and videos available to everyone on the web to create information-rich products that refine our ways of seeing the world. Recently the New York Public Library released …

A banner day: Crafting with the British Library

c u l t u r e + c r a f t Recently I discovered the glories of the British Library's Flickr account, which contains 1 million images in the public domain (!). This means there are no known copyright restrictions on these images and you can use them however you choose. I love …