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

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

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by Keri Smith
     
 

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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

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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 imagined.

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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 Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399534607
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
135,839
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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

Meet the Author

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 children.

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How to Be an Explorer of the World 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BJPBW More than 1 year ago
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!!
Queen-Dawn More than 1 year ago
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.
Saturn21 More than 1 year ago
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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