Tag Archives: ephemera

Hergé / Tintin Artifacts from Exhibit in Quebec City

In July 2017, I attended an exhibit in Quebec City about Hergé and his art, especially TinTin of course.

Really enjoyed seeing the inspiration photos, letterhead from his business communications, reference sketch items, various notebooks, satchels and pre-press proofs, plus a special book of ephemera called Tintin In Quebec. Check the Flickr slideshow for documentation.

Artifacts from likely forgotten places

Artifacts from likely forgotten places. Resurrected with fresh stories augmented with inky pens, broken typewriters, scissors and glue. Possibly sent to you.

Various cards of…

Various cards of identification, vacation, accommodation, permission and recreation.

not all prophets write on the subway cars

Some of these notes are truth – indeed not all #prophets write on the subway cars, some choose cardboard or other substrates yet the medium & message are equally compelling the message is the medium .

scrapjournals for no particular reason

Often times, I make scrap journals for no particular reason, just for enjoyment of gathering interesting paper tidbits and ephemera which I enjoy… Then somehow a “theme” or story of some kind emerges. Especially after being stuck/fermenting in a suitcase for months or years, as soon as I open a booklet of artifacts, so many memories return. Some of you might see oddities in here wish you recognize and enjoy as well presented in a different context.
Do you gather memories and stories in someway?

Continued Exploits and Dispatches from one Thor Aronson

 ++ Continued Exploits and Dispatches from one Thor Aronson ++

Over a week now in Istanbul, just waiting for evidence his quarry was here, or had stopped through at least. But, not a lead until a well-bribed cleaner a 4 floor walk up hotel sent word (through contacts at the Bosphorous port) of a passport matching his vague description. “A Canadian?” thought Thor, “they’re not even their own damn country! Just another dominion of the damn British!”

A closer look revealed his Greek heritage which indicated he had at least one passport to travel under. The stamp s showed a circuratous route through various Mediterranean, Levant and Baltic enclaves. Yet “Gus” is no TE Lawrence or even Wilfred Thesinger, no way he could be rambling through these remote places without assistance from a fluent Arabic speaker, various fixers and sea captains. But still, Thor was at least a step behind… if not more.
With the myriad ships going in and out of the gateway to Europe and Asia, he could be just about anywhere, but most definitely he was at sea as the rail lines were still rebuilding from frequent bombings, likely effectuated by those nefarious Brits.
No matter, after contacting an inside source at the Canadian Consulate (of course sequestered down a hallway at the UK embassy) Thor new, the passport was a fake and even the name might not be accurate, but… The face was definitely the mug he was after.
Thor sat down stone steps between the grand souk and the blue mosque, lit a cigar and waited for another smoke signal. If he was careless to leave the passport behind in the hotel safe, no doubt something else would emerge. The bribes were paid, the photo circulated and soon Gus would tip another card. Inhaling deeply, Thor mattered, “fucking Canadians, when will they get it together and become their own country?”

savings account, just for the bankbank

 I wasn’t a lad who obsessed over money by any means but, kept a savings account from when I was a wee little dude primarily to receive a cute little notebook. Then I discovered punk rock and removed all the money to buy records…

Fresh Postcards from Moo with Paintings and Collages

I enjoy ordering from moo.com for mini “friendship” cards and luxurious postcards. The paintings turn out great and the “static montage” collages are sharp as well. Do you wanna Moo? I can help you and you can get $15 off your first order.

Meeting Authour Nick Bantock (of Griffin and Sabine fame)

Who said you should never meet your heroes?

Not too many mixed media masters creating ephemera-laden epistolary literature weaving intriguing mysterious relationships, international intrigue, and postcards. That gets a smile out of this lad – still with a heavy heart. I took my mom’s copy of his book “Griffin and Sabine” and he provided a most wonderful signature with stamps of various kinds. . . . . #Writer #Art #Culture #Mentor #Hero #UncleWeed #NickBantock #Victoria #MixedMedia #Creative #Ephemera #Creativity #Artist #Beards #Glasses #Victoria

Upcoming Prezo Gigs: Sparking Creativity at “What’s Going On Salon”

I am lining up more speaking and presenting gigs these days to share my stories (and make a bit of scratch). This next one is a “What’s Going On Salon” event at VIVO Media Arts – sponsored by BC Film, Canadian Film And Television Production Association and hosted by Sue Biely.

I’ll be riffing a variation on F@ck Stats, Make Art – basically a soliloquy for nurturing creativity and authenticity.

Express with Vigor by Dave Olson and Jer Crowle, photo KK at SXSWi 2009
Express with Vigor by Dave Olson and Jer Crowle, photo KK at SXSWi 2009

Deets:

What’s Going On Salons are a series of presentations about specific areas in the rapidly changing media landscape. Designed to be entertaining, accessible, inspiring and above all, informative overviews, each salon will help busy professionals demystify and better define the digital terrain.

Upcoming Salon: Sparking Creativity in a Digital World
• 6:30 – 8:00PM, December 15th
• VIVO Media Arts Centre, 1965 Main Street, Vancouver
• $15/ticket ($10 for students) – Please bring cash!

Please RSVP to reserve your tickets to vancouver (at) cftpa {dot} ca

Blurb:

With a constant flow of information, increased productivity expectations, and a barrage of new technologies – finding inspiration for both artistic expression and entrepreneurial endeavors is a challenge. Despite advanced tools and access to audience, finding the time and motivations to elevate “craft” to “art” remains elusive in an
ephemeral world.

With anecdotes and examples from personal experience, historical classics and contemporary culture, renegade story maker Dave Olson will share tactics for generating ideas and giving context to your content. Through a timeline of personal publishing and start-up biz experience, Dave will share practical tips for fostering authentic self-expression, creating artifacts and finding an audience – in both the present and future.

Note: A similar version of this presentation was shared at SXSW 09, Northern Voice 08, Island Tech 09.

Speaker:

Dave Olson, Mixed-media Story Teller
Dave is a world-traveling, mixed-media story teller who frequently appears in mainstream and social media outlets, speaks at events including SXSW and produces a series of audio documentaries. Dave works as a community builder for a variety of Vancouver web-centric companies.