How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum

How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum

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By (author) Keri Smith

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  • Publisher: Perigee Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 231mm x 20mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 20 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0399534601
  • ISBN 13: 9780399534607
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,096

Product description

From the author of "Wreck This Journal," an interactive guide for exploring and documenting the art and science of everyday life. Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists. The mission Smith proposes? ?To document and observe the world around you. As if you?ve never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.? With a series of interactive prompts and a beautifully hand-illustrated two-color package, readers will enjoy exploring and discovering the world through this gorgeous book.

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Author information

Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books demonstrate a 'learn by doing approach', and are being used in school curriculums all over the world as a way of fostering non-traditional methods of exploration. She also teaches and conducts workshops based on her non-traditional techniques across North America. Her books include: " Wreck This Journal, How to Be an Explorer of the World, This is Not a Book, Mess - A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, Finish This Book, " and "Pocket Scavenger." She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children Tilden and Ida.

Customer reviews

By Nicola 01 Jun 2013 5

I love the ideas in this book and the ideas it generates. I am going to make a special family exploring backpack with a special journal each, this book, camera and drawing utensils etc to keep on the ready for weekends and holidays. Am looking forward to keeping the journals to give back to the children when they grow up. It will be filled with memories and fun.

By Belinda Andrews 23 Oct 2012 3

This book requires a lot of 'found objects'. I tried to complete the exercises but couldn't intergrate them into my every day life (house->car->office and back) so never managed to use it.

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"Both daring and meditative, "How to Be an Explorer of the World" is part Maira Kalman, part Wendy MacNaughton, part its very own kind of whimsy, delivering -- beautifully -- exactly what it says on the tin, with an invitation to be just a little bit more alive each day." --Brain Pickings