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[teacherartexchange] Good images of marbled papers - Plus Art of the Tuareg


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Nov 04 2007 - 10:52:47 PST

Dear Art Educators,

I am combining two posts in one.....

These two sites were featured in Scout Report.

13. Decorated and Decorative Paper Collection

Decorated paper has served bookmakers and others quite well for centuries,
and this digital collection pays tribute to that artistic tradition and
practice. Created by the University of Washington Libraries, this database
showcases decorated and decorative papers from Germany, France, and Italy.
Visitors can browse the collection by keyword, though they may wish to begin
their journey through the site by looking over the "Pattern Examples" area.
Here they can learn about patterns such as antique straight, dahlia, and the
lovely and colorful double comb. The site is rounded out by essays on
marbled and paste papers. Overall, the site is a fascinating way to learn
about an art form that is sometimes overlooked. [KMG]

16. Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World [Macromedia Flash

This Web exhibition from the Smithsonian Museum of African Art goes a long
way towards explaining why the name Tuareg carried such mythic weight that
Volkswagen chose it for their Sports Utility Vehicle. The Tuareg are a semi-
nomadic people who once controlled the caravan trade routes across the
Sahara Desert. The introductory page of the site explains that the Tuareg
"have fascinated scholars and travelers throughout history." The exhibition
points out that art-making traditions practiced by artists and smiths known
as Inadan are central to Tuareg culture. One Inadan family, husband and wife
Saida Oumba and Andi Ouhoulou, created much of the artwork featured at the
site. Oumba is a silversmith known for interpreting traditional patterns to
create modern jewelry while Ouhoulou creates decorated leather bags and
clothing. The Art of Being Tuareg is co-curated by Thomas K. Seligman,
Director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, who has studied
the Tuareg for over 30 years, focusing on how the Oumba/Ouhoulou family has
adapted traditional Tuareg symbols, designs, and materials for the
international art market. Seligman hopes that this closer look at the Tuareg
will overturn stereotypical views of Africa held by many Westerners. [DS]

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