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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Ars Longa - Generosity forges Community

Recently I discovered the journal Ars Longa. Developed as an outlet and to share with others of a like mind, it's one man's perspective and documentation of his lifestyle of collecting, which he's coined "thrift shop archaeology." The journal is developed by sllab studios (I presume that refers to his "lab" - and the Scott Lindberg initials to boot), and it covers fine art, modernist design, and other such mid-century modern artifacts, decorative arts and general goodness.

Scott echos my sentiments when he suggests that designed objects and beautiful artworks can be affordably attained by everyone, you just have to know where to look.

That is in fact what thrifting entails. Knowledge. Timing. Research. And a healthy appreciation for the past. Thrifting ( my new verb) is a pastime to some in the way watching TV or going to a movie is for others. For the hard core thrift store shopper, the hunt is important, the purchase secondary, and the friendships primary to the overall effort. All in all it's an adventure, and it's no doubt fun to share along the way.

Scott's journal has provided many clues as to some of the high end items I have thrifted that I had yet to identify. Sharing information is a big thrifting thread, and Scott's website is a rich resource. The list of links alone is worth checking out. He also painstakingly developed a designer directory, so you can search based on designer keywords. It's really cool how by reaching out with knowledge and generosity, friendships can be forged and communities can be built.

Bravo Ars Longa. I salute you.

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Anonymous Scott said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, Barry. I've had a great time perusing your site, and am amazed at both your knowledge an the quality of your finds. If you ever find yourself in central Illinois be sure to let me know and I'll give you a little tour of thrift shops down here.

8:26 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Scott - Thaks. The feeling's mutual. Looking forwrd to meeting you at some point, spending more time at Ars Longa, and keeping current with all your finds and posts.

8:57 PM  

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