Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lists and Scribbles

Hello friends,

How is your weekend going? Mine is just starting and the day will be filled with running around LA to see Best Coast at the Getty, then Alien Ant Farm at the Universal CityWalk. We have seen them live for free last May, some old favorites stay as good as the new ones.

Really quickly now, as the smell of laundry detergent awaits, are awesome lists I stumbled upon via Imprint Magazine which covers a broad range of topics focus on design and the people behind it. Imprint's blog today featured current exhibition of the Morgan Library & Museum which includes 80 lists titled Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.

I thought Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen's list about his second wife, Aline Bernstein's positive attributes is simply touching.

Designer Harry Bertoia's school assignment uncovered a chart he put together titled “My-Self Rating Chart.” 

Picasso, a renowned list maker himself wrote this one for Walt Kuhn, the organizer of the 1913 Armory Show when asked for the artists he recommends which includes L├ęger, Gris, “Ducham”

Very rarely have I seen visual lists out there, so I was amazed when I saw this one: Painter Adolf Konrad’s packing list that it inspired me to create my own.

The exhibit is ongoing, and not to be sad if there's no way you can possibly make it, like myself. There's a book out of the same title that makes a great addition to the coffee table or any artist's library.

More about lists and scribbles, I found Ms. Leah Dieterich's website and concept heart-warming. She writes daily something to be thankful about and has published a book of her compilation. Really, who will run out of such? If you look closely, you will find lots to be grateful about, and if you wrote it down and read back through all those years of blessings documented, it's almost guaranteed you'll triple the positivity in your life! 

Here's one about surprises:

I couldn't agree more!

Have a wonderful weekend, everybody!

Cindy Gonzales - Kujat


  1. Thank you for sharing this inspiring blog post!

  2. You know there used to be this really great magazine in the 90's that was published out of Iowa I think. I have forgotten the name. But they had one entire section dedicated to pen palling. It was amazing. We would find pen pals and semd post-cards swap friendship books and stickers and lace our letters with confetti:)The hilight of my day was to check my mail box. There aren't anymore out there like it anymore, and it makes me sad. I am glad to see your blog. Maybe I should publish my own pen pal magazine, but I don't even know if there is a market for it any longer.

  3. Hi there,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. My mailbox is never boring and filled with just bills, unwanted mailers, Chinese restaurant menus and catalogs... they're still there, but they are now shadows to the postcards and letters I get. Actually, I would have to add, the postcards and letters make getting bills a lot less upsetting.

    You might be interested to check out, they have been publishing an e-zine dedicated to penpals and swappers and are looking at publishing hard copy issues in the future. Perhaps you would like to be a part of it?
    We are definitely in the letter-writing revival, and even if I'm wrong, all those who write letters would have to agree that it's a hobby unlike any other.