When a person gives away a book, chances are part of the book stays with them. But what many may not know is that from time to time, something of them stays with the book too.
Forgottenbookmarks.com exists solely to discover what others have left behind in what they read. Most of the time, it’s pressed old leaves, but there is also no shortage of gems, be they menus from steak houses across the country, black and white pictures of strangers and their families, hosts of hand-written recipes, centuries-old newspaper clippings, children’s tickets to county fairs, and even the page of flattened Skittles. Some finds date back to the 19th century, while others are kitsch of the 1970s and 1980s.
The website was started by a woman named Michael who began working at her family’s bookstore in upstate New York at age seven. Now the proprietor, she sorts through 500 to 600 books a day, and finds maybe five or six items of interest.
Among the memorabilia, of course, is an indisputable homage to quirky and unusual bookmark aesthetics. Take for example the leather bookmark from Bermuda with a tab reading “Here I fell asleep,” or similarly, the one from the obstetrician’s office in shape of a bespectacled man reading a book entitled “my eyes tired here.”
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Brooklyn-based graphic designer Victoria Spencer, who also goes by Witchoria, has a clever way of expressing heartache. Her ongoing Human Error series merges both old and new motifs, creating an experience that’s unique but oh-so familiar.
Using simple Polaroid photos she conveys the limits of depression, self-loathing, and heartbreak by combining them with Apple error messages. The juxtaposition is striking, merging the cold language of technology with the human experience.
If you’re on Tumblr you’ve probably stumbled across her work on more than one occasion. But what you might not know is that you can view her complete series on her Behance page. She also sells prints on Society6.
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The current nostalgia over everything from the ’90s and late ’80s has triggered a recent surge in retro art trends. But unlike the fad of pixel art, ANSI/ASCII art, or text mode art, is still created the old fashion way–and largely by the same people, too. ANSI/ASCII art is art composed of numbers, letters, and symbols. Although thought by many as a dead medium, the text mode art scene is kept afloat by a large pool of international artists who continue to create, transforming an outdated art form that was largely used for BBSes into a legit underground art movement.
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It’s rare for us to describe someone’s work as “dainty,” but that’s the first word that enters our head when looking at Portuguese illustrator Raquel Costa‘s work. Her unique aesthetic, which mixes storybook-style art with classic Victorian-esque literature, is one of the most unique things about her. And although she has several ongoing illustration projects in the works, our favorite is Songbook. The series is a collection of illustrated works inspired by song lyrics. From Aimee Man to the Arctic Moneys, the series takes a literal approach to the lyrics, spinning vibrant illustrations that capture the energy of the song without losing Costa’s visual personality. With only six pieces in the series so far–and with “work in progress” plastered across Costa’s site–here’s hoping more illustrations will be added in the future.
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Have you heard of the story about the guy who died at his work desk and wasn’t found for days? Or how about the one about the woman whose breast implants blew up while she was on an airplane? Although there’s no proof if these incidents really happened or not, these are the types of stories that get passed around for year and years.
Urban Myths is a collaborative art series that illustrates popular urban legends. The project was orchestrated and curated by Mother Volcano, an illustration studio that has a lively, cartoonish aesthetic. From posters to editorial illustrations, the studio has a wide portfolio of creative projects, but their Urban Myths series is one you should especially check out. Artists featured in the series include Marta Monteiro, Nicolau, Claúdia Loureiro, and Inês Cóias. To see the full series in its entirety, check out Mother Volcano’s Behance page, but in the meantime, browse the gallery above to see a few of our favorites.
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Ahh, finally an alphabet book for today’s cynical adult. The Dictionary of Unhappiness is an 80-page book that mirrors the colorful alphabet books of our youth, but instead of C is for Cat, C stands for “Child: Proof of disposable income.” Written by Situationist Isaac Cronin, and with visuals by graphic designer Tyler Spangler, the tongue-in-cheek bleak descriptions and their accompanying pop art might give the impression that this is all for shits and giggles. But underneath the humor is commentary on human consumption and our shifting attitudes on communication–the kind of topics you don’t seem to notice until you’re a pessimistic adult with no hope for the future. Hey, no one said getting older was easier.
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Art director/photographer Stephen McMennamy fell in love with photography through Instagram. So it feels appropriate that his successful account is home to his unique photo series that combines two different type of photos into quirky new creations. It sounds contrived in words, but once you see his work it’s obvious how extensive his creativity is. From people skiing on ice cream cones to jets morphing into birds, his photos are imaginative, fun, and a mischievous time sucker. For more of his creations, he also keeps a second Instagram of his no-so great combo photos appropriately titled @combophotofail.
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