Thursday, June 30, 2011


from Ten Copycats in a Boat and Other Riddles by Alvin Schwarz, illustrated by Marc Simont, Harper and Row, 1980

la maison rouge

some work in the exhibition My Winnipeg at La Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert , Paris. June 23rd - September 25th, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cut out this circle

from The Book of Crafts by Henry Pluckrose, Galahad Books, NY, 1971

Monday, June 27, 2011

"There's still hope," said the soap.

details from "I can't" said the ant by Polly Cameron, 1961 (Scholastic reprint)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I'm looking for lasting relations with green-fly, spider, or maggot

Bill Fay. Beautiful. This!, this! and this! ...Everything.
I could never say enough about this man's music. Thank you, Mr. Fay.

Garden Song and Tiny from the compilation From The Bottom of an Old Grandfather Clock (a collection of outtakes and demos 1966-1970) (now, sadly, out of print), Wooden Hill, 2004. (If any of the invloved parties would like me to remove the audio, please let me know.)

Friday, June 24, 2011


from Illusions Illustrated: Magic Tricks You Can Perform by James W. Baker, Lerner Publications, Minneapolis, 1984

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Art Education 16

from Early Childhood Art by Barbara Herberholz, Wm. C. Brown, Co., Dubuque, 1974 (from 2nd edition, 1979 and 4th edition, 1990)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

W. Reginald Bray (Freak Letters)

postcard to "Any Resident of London", 1899 / script from BBC radio programme, 1935 /envelope crocheted by Bray's mother, 1899

from The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects by John Tingey, Princeton Architectural Press, NY, 2010---The book documents W. Reginald Bray's experiments with the postal system. Bray's postcard addressed to "Any Resident of London" predates Ben Vautier's "Postman's Choice" by 66 years! Read more here at A Sound Awareness (thanks Martin!)

I was reminded of this book as a postal strike continues here in Canada.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Buddha's hand

Buddha's Hand

from Blue and White: The Cotton Embroideries of Rural China by Muriel Baker and Margaret Lunt, Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1977

Thursday, June 16, 2011


(detail from) From King Boggen's Hall to Nothing-at-all: A Collection of Improbable Houses and Unusual Places Found in Traditional Rhymes and Limericks, illustrated by Blair Lent, Little Brown, Boston, 1967


The Alphabet Symphony by Emmett Williams, 1962 (26 photographs of the performance "Universal Poem". Photos by Bernard Kirchoff)
from FLUXUS by Thomas Kellein, Thames and Hudson, London, 1995

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

misc. bookshelf

Tea-Cup Fortune Telling by Minetta, W. Foulsham & Co., London
??? (farsi?) (front and back cover)
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Faber, London, 1963 (1977)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Captain's Shirt

from Origami Toys: 15 Simple Models by Toshie Takahama, Shufunotomo Co., Tokyo, 1973


Mary Kahootsuak Miki, 1977 / Andy Miki, 1976 (Arviat)
from The First Passionate Collector: The Ian Lindsay Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1990

Saturday, June 11, 2011

little blue jug

The Little Blue Jug by Alice Williamson (These images come from a new icelandic reprint (Bláa kannan)---not sure of the original publication date.)(thanks N+K)

Friday, June 10, 2011

a circle of rabbits

The Art of Paper Tearing: Methods and Routines for the Amateur Performer by Eric Hawkesworth (illustrated by the author), Faber & Faber, London, 1970 (1973)
"These routines, together with the necessary instructions for preparing the basic folds, are presented to teach the amateur performer the whole art of paper tearing. Once it is learned, the performer can put on a show anywhere because the craft is literally at his finger tips and the raw material always to hand in the form of newspaper. Most of the methods were devised by the old-time artistes of music hall and variety who developed this type of act into a fine art. This is the first book that offers a complete course of instruction from folding the papers to a finished presentation with effective patter."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Cree: What They Do Book by Anne Anderson, 1970