Something from Nothing

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Let’s make some recycled art… together! 

With Earth Day around the corner on Wednesday, April 22, I wanted this post to focus on one world issue that is often highlighted on Earth Day and has a direct connection with our global waters–trash, especially in our oceans. According to Ocean Conservancy, approximately eight million metric tons of plastic goes into our oceans annually.* This global issue is overwhelming, and can also seem like there isn’t much we can do as individuals. However, if everyone in the world does something small, then all together we can make a big impact. No matter our age, we can at least try to be more conscious of what we’re buying and what we’re doing with waste. That means not littering and preventing that trash from getting into our waterways. Sometimes, that waste can be reused and repurposed into something else, even something like recycled art!   Read more

The Forgotten Faces of the Titanic

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Image courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum and Park

When the tragic tale of Titanic is told, most tend to focus on the events of the sinking or its most  famous passengers, such as John Jacob Astor and Lucille and Cosmo Duff-Gordon. But among the thousands who sailed on that fateful voyage, there are dozens of passenger stories that are often overlooked. Passengers came from all over the world, including Mexico, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Haiti. Joseph Laroche and his family were among the 2,205 people aboard RMS Titanic.

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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Image: The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism by Frederick Whymper, 1877, Volume 4

In the Department of Interpretation, we like to refer to the sort of distracted, “Hey, did you know?” conversations as “sinkholes.”

Many might also refer to them as falling down a rabbit hole, but we feel that the ground giving way is a more realistic description.   Read more

Art Reproductions Can Add Color To Your Home

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Perhaps the most common item used as home decor is the framed painting. In my previous post, I shared a small range of The Mariners’ Museum and Park collection that is available for reproduction and display in the home. When choosing an art reproduction, the choice of subject matter and color can determine the visual impression and mood your room will provide. Let’s see how some living spaces look when the color of the chosen art is an essential factor.

What Bold Color Can Do

Paintings can make a dramatic impact, such as in this Thomas C. Skinner painting displayed in this cafe bar. The light, flooding the room from the windows, is matched in the ochre tones of the art and the leather sofa. Note how the colors in the artwork play off the yellow of the couch and how the scale of the picture works in this space without being overwhelming. This scene is a good pairing of art with location; however, you could easily imagine this same piece mounted over a roaring fireplace in a wood-paneled library. In that instance, it would have a completely different feel.    Read more

Using Art Reproductions to Create a Home

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Vessel rushing through the water against a pink and yellow sky.

Do you love bold home decor? How about oversized works of art because they can draw focus in your room? Maybe you found they are an excellent way to showcase your personality. Perhaps, you have always wanted to have a gallery wall along your hallway or traveling up the walls of your staircase. Then you know that the choice of artwork placed there should be specific and well planned.

The Dilemma

Making a home sometimes starts in college. I remember my first week on campus; vendors were selling 20” x 30” movie and music posters to help students inject some needed personality into their cookie cutter dorm rooms. For others, it may happen when you decorate your first apartment. You may have purchased your first “art” from Ikea because they sold affordable large-scale art reproductions and inexpensive frames. However, your friends in the same financial situation purchased their framed art from there too. So now your living rooms match because there were not enough unique designs available at the Big Blue box store for everyone.   Read more