Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thrifting ...

After a bit of a dry spell, the thrift stores offered up some great 'stuff' this week.


All sorts of goodies - a lovely rose tapestry, books beads, tins to deconstruct, a teapot for a friends garden and a delightfully faded folk-arty placemat - think it will become a bag!


Doesn't Skip look regal? Pretty glass beads in such lovely vintagy colours are surely a sign that Spring is on its way?



I couldn't believe my luck finding such great art books - they are a bit rare in the oppies around here.


Inside the Australian Art in Prints book are lots of lovely plates - this is a Brett Whitley image - The Mango Tree - a lovely etching.
The screen-printing book is a bit dated so I was surprised to find images that are very contemporary. Or is it that we are just embracing a retro kinda aesthetic contemporarily? (I challenge you to say that really fast!) Just look at this great screen print from the book ...


I am about to embark on a printing adventure of my own and some of it will revolve around bugs so I thought it pretty serendipitous to find Outlines in Entomology in a thrift shop! Amazing information about creepy crawlies of all kinds and anatomical drawings to boot.




I also came across a book on Australian insects and it has gorgeous pictures throughout - like this one ...


A really fun book that I found is called Life After Man by Douglas Dixon. In it he imagines a post-human world where creatures that we considered vermin etc have evolved to become strange but recognizable beasts. It has a foreword by Desmond Morris who is a zoologist/anthropologist that I admire. The book is an interesting read and has some interesting pics - this one is kinda cute but some of the animals have evolved into scary looking critters ...



Not really sure why this spaceman held so much appeal that I had to bring him home. Perhaps it is his ray-gun?



and finally, although not collected at the same time as all these goodies, I just have to share my little gothic gal.


She isn't dead - just a little cracked - I have plans to emphasise that!


Yeah - she is a little creepy - mwha ha ha ha ...
Have the op shops faeries been kind to you this week?

3 comments:

Erica Louise said...

I came here to link up to your thrifty link, but I can't see it now? Your animal book looks really interesting! I'd have snapped that up too

sue said...

I am sorry about that Erica Louise - it was there and then it wasn't! Not sure if I did something wrong or if Blogger is having a hissy fit!

Melissa said...

lots of great finds