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

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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 youfive 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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“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399534607
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 58,659
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    Be Creative...

    Let your guard down and allow yourself the time to enjoy the simple things in life; things that are not necessarily a priority, but are impportant for your mind and soul to enjoy. Take some time to do things that are not stressful, and maybe things you have always wanted to do, but decided they were silly and unevenful and passed them by. I relate this book to all the times I have spent doodling during situations and events that have not held my interest (but the doodling did!). Carry it with you as you do your daytimers, purses, keys, laptops, cell phones, etc. Take it out when you are waiting at the doctor's office, during a very long meeting, traveling, stuck in traffic, or just because you own it and it's all about you. It's like a creative and innovative diary that you can look back on after "all is said and done"; you'll want to give this book to friends who also are of the exploring nature, and who would welcome time to get away from the mundane, everyday rituals that seem to creep into our lives at some point or another. I thank Keri Smith for opening my eyes to realizing that sometimes there just doesn't have to be a purpose, or a reason, or a deadline for everything in life; you do it just because you can, and whenever you choose!!

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    Creativity never seemed so easy

    I bought this book, after realizing it helped me with my creativity and imagination. Anyone can read it, it is inspiring. It may not be a STORY, but it helps you with your LIFE story. Your creativity gets powered up with this book. Helps you realize the un-seen possibilties.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Innovative creative spark

    For a person wanting to increase the playfulness in their lives this book does just that. In addition, it can be used to spark playfulness in relationships when both participate in the activities presented in the book. The book is definitely for the artistic, writer type, not necessarily for the serious reader. The other use for it would be in working with coaching clients or counseling clients who have a goal of getting out of a rut...living life more fully and playfully. I loved the book in that way!

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