A collection of gravestones:

Have you ever thought about he skill it takes to carve a gravestone? I had a friend who collects images of angles. Whenever I travel I photograph any I find. The Farber Gravestone Collection contains more than 13,500 gravestone sculpture and images. Most of these are pre 1800 and situated in America. The site contains a comprehensive essay (a 42 page PDF file!) To view the images you need to make sure that you have not set your browser to disable popup windows as the database browsing software they have chosen needs popup windows to work. I actually found this interface a bit counter intuitive and the search slow but once into this extremely interesting site worth the annoyance.

How is this connected to my previous post today? Well I am thinking about objects that memorialize a life, memory and what we leave behind.

Japanese Historical Maps

Keeping a visual journal of a project leads me down some strange paths at time. I am always interested in how visual information is conveyed and the odd foray into cartography is a fascinating area for anyone interested. I found this collection of early maps of Japanese cities, dating back 300 years intriguing. The. To view the Japanese Historical Maps Collection you need to make sure that you have not set your browser to disable popup windows as the database browsing software they have chosen needs popup windows to work.

I am constantly thinking about how I might represent a number of personal stories yet not have them drown one another out. I have been thinking along the lines of samplers – large ( ie one and half meters) samplers in order to quote the domestic and the history of girls education but the scale would shift them out of the domestic at the same time. One of the ways of doing it is to create large map samplers. Samplers and maps have been combined before. The format would point to the tradition while at the same time indicating a space or an area. I am not thinking of literally drawing a map just hinting at a map so I am looking at forms of cartography. Now I am starting to ramble but I guess any project is allowed to do that. At this stage I am thinking, looking, thinking again …