Monday, August 31, 2009

Marlon Brando

Marlon BrandoCivil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Actor Marlon Brando], 08/28/1963. ARC Identifier 542076 / Local Identifier 306-SSM-4D(109)11. Item from Record Group 306: Records of the U.S. Information Agency, 1900 - 2003. Access Restriction(s): Unrestricted, Use Restriction(s): Unrestricted.
Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. PHONE: 301-837-3530; FAX: 301-837-3621; EMAIL:

Creator(s): U.S. Information Agency. Press and Publications Service. (ca. 1953 - ca. 1978)
Type(s) of Archival Materials: Photographs and other Graphic Materials

Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. PHONE: 301-837-3530; FAX: 301-837-3621; EMAIL:

Production Date(s): 08/28/1963. Part Of: Series: Miscellaneous Subjects, Staff and Stringer Photographs, compiled 1961 - 1974. Variant Control Number(s): NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-306-SSM-4D(109)11.

Green Girl Studio Winner!

Okay, so you have been waiting all day, right? The winner is Nancy aka BagLady! Congrats Nancy, please email me your address.

A huge thanks to everyone who spread the word, that was by far our most popular giveaway. Not surprising - who doesn't love Green Girl? They go with just everything! And a big thanks to Green Girl Studios for sharing such a great prize with us.

It was wonderful to hear from so many readers who are little shy about commenting. We LOVE comments here on the ABS and we LOVE hearing from our readers. Thanks for supporting our blog. (Yes, I got a little excited there!)

Female Illustrators of the 50's: Evaline Ness

Every now and then I'm asked about female illustrators of the 50's. Its true that illustration was very much a male dominated profession back in the mid-century period... but there were actually quite a few prominent female illustrators. We've looked a some over the past few years, and this week we'll look at a few more. Unfortunately, as with many of the male illustrators, biographical details are not always readily available. Happily, in the case of Evaline Ness (thanks to a feature article in the January 1956 American Artist magazine) I actually have quite a bit of information.

First, and perhaps most remarkable, Evaline Ness was the wife of famous FBI investigator Elliot Ness.

Before her marriage she was a fashion model... then a fashion illustrator.

Her marriage to Ness lasted only nine years, after which she travelled extensively to Asia and Europe, living for a time in Italy. There she spent 18 months sketching - until her funds were nearly exhausted. When Ness returned to the U.S. she first tried to settle in San Francisco, but found there was not enough work. She returned to New York and received assignments doing fashion, advertising and editorial art.

At a later date, I plan to spend a week on Evaline Ness. For those interested in seeing more of her work right away, a Google Image Search will turn up many examples of her charming children's book artwork.

* My Evaline Ness Flickr set.

Memory Makers Magazine

Autumn themed mixed media collage & tutorial
I made for the current issue of Memory Makers magazine.

Vector Art Templates: Free Abstract Logo Design Icons

Here we have a free set of eight vector icons for logo design inspiration. You can use them for designing a twitter avatar, web icon, or maybe you might come up with an idea for creating an abstract pattern...

License: you can use this vector file for personal, commercial or non- profit use. If you post this vector file on your graphic site or blog, please make sure to include a link to The zip contains Illustrator ai, eps, pdf and svg files.Download


Rafflesia flower - Choix de plantes rares ou nouvelles (BHL)

Rafflesia arnoldii produces the largest individual flower of any species in the world. But you might not want to get too close to it because it has "a penetrating smell more repulsive than any buffalo carcass in an advanced stage of decomposition". [link / W]

The illustration comes from 'Choix de Plantes Rares ou Nouvelles Cultivées et Dessinées dans le Jardín Botanique de Buitenzorg' by Friederich AW Miquel [1863] at BHL, a small book presenting twenty six plates of botanical species from the Buitenzorg Botanical Gardens. Buitenzorg was the one-time capital of Indonesia during Dutch colonial rule and is now locally known as Kota Bogor (Western Java).

Katyozu birds and flowers album 1805

Katyozu birds and flowers album 1805 a

The Katyozu Birds and Flowers album (well, that's what I'm calling it) from 1805 is available in three volumes from the digital collections at Kyushu University Museum. The work is actually owned by the Ethnology Museum in Leiden in Holland. The pseudo-translation of the Kyushu page notes a connection with Siebold and the (foreigner's) island of Dejima at Nagasaki. [somewhat reminiscent of this post]

A Cotton Carrier - Travels in Brazil  -  Henry Koster, 1816

A Planter and his Wife on a Journey - Travels in Brazil  -  Henry Koster, 1816

A Lady Going to Visit - Travels in Brazil  -  Henry Koster, 1816

The Archive of Early American Images at Brown University has an enormous array of material pertaining to the Americas and has been featured on BibliOdyssey in the past. The three images above - which I've had for years - are from Henry Koster's 1816 volume, 'Travels in Brazil'.

The Journal of George Davidson - 1785

The Journal of George Davidson (1785) from the Rare Book Room. This remarkable document appears to be the record of a mariner from Boston and includes prayers, Freemason material, moral poems as well as paintings and some beautiful handwriting. (That description is from a quickish skim and probably doesn't do it sufficient justice: this is a very interesting booklet worthy of a closer look). [via]

Melusine - von Ringoltingen, 1468 b

Melusine - von Ringoltingen, 1468

Melusine - von Ringoltingen, 1468 a

Melusine - von Ringoltingen, 1468 c

These cropped details are from a 1468 'Melusine' manuscript, hosted by the German National Museum.

Melusine (or Melusina) is something of a pan-European folklore character with variable traits. The female siren figure can be a water sprite or fairy, a mermaid or a snake and the story outlines the consequences for her human husband after he watches the changeling Melusine bathe against her wishes (or similar). It was probably first written down in the 13th or 14th centuries -- its origins in the oral tradition may stretch back to Homer -- and the above images come from a very early manuscript form of the first German translation (from the French) by Thüring von Ringoltingen in 1456. {see: one, two} [via]

Military and artillery manual by Johann Jacob von Wallhausen from 1616

Military and artillery manual by Johann Jacob von Wallhausen from 1616 a

These early cavalry/military and combat training images come from a book by Johann Jacob von Wallhausen from 1616 called 'Darinnen das heütige Kriegswesen in einer perfecten und absoluten idea begriffen und vorgestelt wirdt..', hosted by the SLUB at Dresden [click the book icon; illustrations are in the last few thumbnail pages].

Bal au Moulin Rouge - Le Courrier Français -- Jules Chéret

Bal au Moulin Rouge and Le Courrier Français poster images by the fantastic Jules Chéret from the late 19th century. Just gorgeous. These images come from the Versailles database and there are more works by Jules Chéret at Wikimedia.

Jean Berain, Habillemens et Décoration d'Opéra, 18th cent. (Versailles)

18th century opera costumes b

These 18th century opera costume designs -- 'Habillemens et Décoration d'Opéra' -- by Jean Berain are also from the Versailles database.

grotesque ornament design

ornamental grotesques

These grotesque ornamental panels are from a suite of twelve prints issued in 1644 in Amsterdam by the publisher Claes Jansz Visscher. The collection - 'Seer Aerdige Grotissen Dienstich' - is a copy of the set of engravings by Johan Bara after an earlier series (1623) by Nicasius Roussel called 'De Grotesco Per utilis ... Liber'. The images above are from the British Museum Prints Database.

Gebetbuch der Haremsdame Düsdidil

Gebetbuch der Haremsdame Düsdidil (details)

'Gebetbuch der Haremsdame Düsdidil' (Prayer book of the Harem Lady Düsdidil) is an exquisite illuminated manuscript from Turkey made by Hasan RaSid in 1845. If you like manuscript decoration, particularly unusual and beautiful examples outside of the 'mainstream', you should definitely check out this work hosted by the Bavarian State Library [click miniaturansicht for thumbs].

St George piercing the dragon's jaw with his lance, in a calligraphic border. 1673 Francis Barlow British Museum

Is this a repeat? I hope not, but I'm sure it happens occasionally {not that there's anything wrong with that!}. I look, I collect, and after the passage of time I forget if I saw it on BibliOdyssey or just in passing at one repository or another. Well, I do know that this 1673 engraving by Francis Barlow of St George slaying a dragon was sourced from the British Museum Prints Database.

Islandia 1609 Abraham Ortelius (

This map of Iceland ('Islandia') from 1609 by Abraham Ortelius may just be my all-time favourite map because of that array of sea beasties. The source site, Rare Maps, has another version in addition to this one, in case you want a different - and slightly cheaper - colour pallet. {nb. I think the original was engraved in c. 1585} [previously related]

Yankee Notions frontispiece 1852

This is a full page illustration from an 1852 magazine called 'Yankee Notions'. I am grateful to Steven Lomazow from Magazine History for allowing this image from his collection to be reposted. Lomazow is a serious collector of vintage magazines and ephemera of Americana.

Janez Vidic - 'Sejem na Zelenem Oblaku', 1958 (

Sejem na Zelenem Oblaku (Fair on the Green Cloud)
© Janez Vidic, 1958

The National Library of Slovenia [click on 'Art Library' in that top blurb] recently uploaded a batch of prints, watercolours and sculptures from (mostly) 20th century Slovenian artists. It's worth a flick through.

digital illuminated manuscript miniature

This popped up in some auto-search keyword subscription I have delivered. It's a (duh) digitally rendered reproduction of an illuminated manuscript miniature © Jesse Lang. Between the two of us - using the source model image - we couldn't work out which manuscript it derives from.

Thesaurus Palatinus c

Thesaurus Palatinus a

Thesaurus Palatinus b

Thesaurus Palatinus

'Thesaurus Palatinus' is a very intriguing manuscript uploaded recently by the University of Heidelberg [click anything below 'inhalt' and then 'vorschau' for a large page of thumbs]. It was produced in about 1750 by Johann Franz Freiherr von Wickenburg and seems to be a compilation and historical record of sepulchre, crypt and tomb inscriptions and architectural designs together with sketches of churches and related structures. It ranges from unsophisticated to beautiful and contains a lot of quasi-calligraphic flourishes and assiduous handwriting; all the hallmarks of an outsider über-nerd.

Mysterium Fidei - Daniel Martin Diaz (bookcover)

Book cover of 'Mysterium Fidei', 2007, by Daniel Martin Diaz
"In this collection of oil paintings, drawings, and prints, Diaz contemplates human suffering and one's undying faith in the afterlife. His mystical imagery reflects the influences of Byzantine iconography, Retabalos, Ex Votos, the Illuminati, ephemera, alchemy, and 16th-century anatomical engravings."

You can't argue with those aspirations. Reviews: one, two. [images / amazon]

Other things...

Featured Designers of Week

Each Monday we feature the Designer of the Week. One of our editors pick their favorite from the Monthly Challenge entries.

A necklace came through flickr last night and I couldn't ignore it. It really deserves a feature. Once again it's the end of the month and I am picking two beautiful pieces.

Tari noted, "I was so intrigued by this piece and realistic polymer clay shell. The swirling handmade polymer beads, coral and shell it's perfect for this months challenge." To see more of Heather's work please visit her Etsy store.

I also had to feature a necklace by Nancy Schindler of Round Rabbit.
Nancy was trying to keep up with Tari and procrastinating. Nancy's necklace was posted Sunday evening and it is so unique it deserves to be a part of Monday's feature.
"The necklace used the shapes, colors and movement of this months challenge. I am in awe of it's uniqueness I think it should be worn on a Runway somewhere in New York or Paris."
To see more of Nancy's work please visit her Etsy store.

Want to see your work featured on the Art Bead Scene? Our theme for the month of August is Great Wave off of Kanagawa by Hokusai Katsushiki. The deadline to enter for the monthly prize is August 31th! Create something that combines the theme with art beads and then send in your submission for the August Challenge.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, President John F. KennedyPresident Kennedy and his brothers. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy. White House, Outside of Oval Office., 08/28/1963.

ARC Identifier 194238. Item from Collection JFK-WHP: White House Photographs, 12/19/1960 - 03/11/1964 Access Restriction(s): Unrestricted, Use Restriction(s): Unrestricted.
John F. Kennedy Library (NLJFK), Columbia Point, Boston, MA, 02125-3398. PHONE: 617-514-1600; FAX: 617-514-1652; EMAIL:

Creator(s): President (1961-1963 : Kennedy). Office of the Naval Aide to the President. (1961 - 1963) Type(s) of Archival Materials: Photographs and other Graphic Materials

John F. Kennedy Library (NLJFK), Columbia Point, Boston, MA, 02125-3398. PHONE: 617-514-1600; FAX: 617-514-1652; EMAIL:

Production Date(s): 08/28/1963 Part Of: Series: Cecil Stoughton White House. Photographs, compiled 01/29/1961 - 12/31/1963, Variant Control Number(s): NAIL Control Number: NLK-WHP-ST-ST398363

Index Terms:

* Contributors to Authorship and/or Production of the Archival Materials:
o Stoughton, Cecil (Cecil William), 1920-2008, Photographer

Sunday with Cindy

Good morning, Beady Readers! Wondering what's going on in the bead and jewelry world? Take a peek at our links and see.....

A Bead A Day
Have you ever used sterling silver curly-Q tubes in your jewelry designs?? Lisa is searching for cool ideas for these adorable tubes. Jewelry Making
Do you use blogging to promote your jewelry business? Tammy has some thoughts for you on this.

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene expands the editorial staff and welcomes Lorelei Eurto!

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi uses shrink plastic to make a neat little bracelet.

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
What do bronze and rawhide have in common? Cindy explains how she uses both in her studio.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Check out this unusual call for entries the Crafty Princess found for Momiji doll lovers.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie shows off some fun experiments that she has seen coming out of her studio, mixing copper and pewter

Jewelry & Beading
Looking ahead to the fall, Cyndi shows how to make a new necklace called "Autumn Arbor".

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei is hosting a Necklace Round Robin, but you have to leave a comment to be entered to win a spot!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Beadfest Philadelphia was packed with talented artisans and bead-makers. See what Andrew picked out!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Here is a series of splendid drawings with two things in common:

First, they are all drawings of geometric shapes: buildings comprised of straight lines, flat parallel surfaces and right angles.

Second, despite the fact that each drawing started out as essentially a mechanical drawing, at some key point the artist turned away from the unforgiving laws of perspective, the T square and the triangle, and instead injected the drawing full of character and personality.

The brilliant Bernie Fuchs sketched these buildings in the slums of San Juan. Fuchs seems to have a god-given talent for finding the design in any situation, including this row of squat, ramshackle buildings.

When Rodin drew the massive facade of this building, the shape that interested him the most was not the stone blocks or the massive pillars, but rather the shadow in the doorway. The shadow is insubstantial compared to the weight of the stone structure around it, but it dominates this picture, and enabled Rodin to make a nice, modernistic design.

Cartoonist Jeff MacNelly was a superb draftsman whose understanding of weight, volume and perspective gave his cartoons of buildings and heavy industrial vehicles great credibility. In this typically marvelous example, the geometric shapes of the house have as much humanity as a human face.

In each of these drawings, the artist had to begin with a foundation of traditional knowledge and technical drawing skills, even if those rules were quickly abandoned. Each drawings turned out wonderfully opinionated-- the artists were able to imbue a stone block with character, and portray a brick with personality. But their opinions are far more believable because the artist had mastered how to draw the mechanically correct version.

Studio Saturday with Creative Impressions In Clay

Geisha Buttons ©

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
Last weeks winner is
BellaJoya Congratulations! You have won one of Jangles New Links from the studio of Jennifer Heynen. Send Jennifer an e-mail with your address and she will get it right out to you.

This week we visit the studio of Tari Sasser at
Creative Impressions In Clay.

I just can't get the song "Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so..." out of my head.
OK, so I'm a bit warped. We warped ones are what make your world interesting.

These new buttons go with the genre of this month's Challenge. Unfortunately they are not that new in my studio. I am embarrassed to say how long they have been hanging around. They have finally been glazed and I fired them last night. Nothing like being on top of things.
My friend requested Geisha buttons for a knitting project she was working on. I'm sure it's been done for quite a while and she has moved on to many more knitting adventures.
There always seem to be more pressing things that need to get done; making& filling orders, kids, husband, grandkids, making&filling orders and making&filling orders.
These should never been put off this long. I'm sorry Kristine, I will mail them this week.
The colors turned out great with the boldness of the red and contrast of the yellow. Background color is a light celadon, which needed to be a muted color so the design and other colors would stand out.

The "Procrastination Queen" question this week is:

:: What project has been sitting around your studio and for how long? ::

Leave a comment and you could win the
Round Geisha design shown above as a Pendant.

© Tari Sasser :: Creative Impressions In Clay

Best of the ABS: Recycle a Tomato Cage: Alternative Use of Art Beads

Recycling is gaining popularity. Most of us wouldn't think recycling and art beads go together but I created a garden sculpture doing just that in this 2007 ABS post....

I've been staring at an old tomato cage for a few months. It looked like a tree, it was asking me to make something from it. I had to think, though. I'm a rabid recycler but my weakness is that I ALWAYS think I can re-use something - even when it's broken beyond repair. But this tomato cage wouldn't let me send it to the curb. I finally figured out what it wanted to be - a beaded garden sculpture! I've been keeping those pretty beads that weren't saleable in a bowl in the studio. No one is allowed to take them - well, ok, maybe I've let a few kids take them - but they're just not up to the standards I have for saleable items. They're little pieces of art, though, and I just couldn't bear to put them into the glass garbage.

I think the beads whispered to the tomato cage - "let's work together." I know, I know, the beads don't talk and neither does the tomato cage, but sometimes art does have a way of speaking to us. Does it speak to you?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Kids Covers

Peeps into Zoo-Land

Queerie Queers with Hands, Wings and Claws

The Butterfly Ball

A Shadow Show

Object Teacher

Tit Tiny and Tittens the Three White Kittens

Chicken World

Our Airship ABC

Jack the Giant Killer

Mother McGrew and Daniel Donkey

Skeezix at the Circus

The Animals' Picnic

The Doggie's Promenade

The Remarkable Tale of a Whale

The Story of Snips

These scans of children's book covers were produced between 1860 and the 1920s and come from a wonderful compilation book:

'From Mother Goose to Dr Seuss: Children's Book Covers 1860-1960' by H Darling, 1999. There are a few more covers in the set.