How To Be An Explorer Of The World

How To Be An Explorer Of The World : Portable Life Museum

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From the internationally bestselling creator 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. Through this series of beautifully hand-illustrated interactive prompts, readers will enjoy exploring and discovering the world in ways they never even more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 180.34 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Perigee Books,U.S.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0399534601
  • 9780399534607
  • 4,448

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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 Pickingsshow more

About Keri Smith

Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books include Wreck This Journal, The Wander Society, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Wreck This Journal Everywhere, Everything Is Connected, and The Imaginary World of... as well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two more

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Praise for How to Be an Explorer of the World "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 "This book serves as an example of what the author is trying to teach us: creating, documenting, collecting. Analog instead of digital, natural in place of artificial." - Wired Magazine "What Keri Smith achieves in this book is one of the most accessible articulations of a psychogeographic mindset I've come across. This book is an optimistic treat, a wonderfully practical, fun and engaging encouragement to open our eyes and minds to the mundane minutae of the world around us and see revealed the beauty in things might otherwise go unnoticed." - The Museum of Thin Objects "The book is deliciously simple but thought-provoking. [Smith] engages you to try and deviate from the norm when it comes to living your life-living consciously, rather than unconsciously strolling through life." - Pikaland Praise for Keri Smith "Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves." - The Believer "A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it." - TIME Magazineshow more

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3,765 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (1,160)
3 21% (789)
2 6% (236)
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Our customer reviews

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 more
by Nicola
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 more
by Belinda Andrews
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