I didn’t get one. Awww, man! What a gyp.
(What the heck does “gyp” mean, anyway??? I always wondered that when I was a kid. Where does that word come from? Seriously. If you know the etymology of the word “gyp” I’d very much like to know. I don’t think people say that anymore, so old people: step up and let your voices be heard. Gyp?)
Anyway, schools are all 2 hours delayed but of course I’m a grown up (unlike my husband and my children) and I have to go to work. On time. Hmmph.
So you might not know this, but I’m something of a visual kleptomaniac. I have been since I was a teeny tiny tot of less than two years. I collect images. Oh my dear lord, do I love images. When I was painting every day (back, far back, in the hazy mists of time) I did mostly collage. Most people thought it was because I like collage (well actually I do, I’ve been doing that since I was two years old also). However, the real secret reason was, in fact, to facilitate my image hoarding.
With the advent of the Interweb, my image collecting has changed somewhat. Instead of perusing magazines and books and library collections, now I spend a lot of my online time searching for good image collections. I used to have 110 (seriously, that’s one hundred and ten) links to online image databases. Then my computer crashed and took the backup with it and I lost them all. Oh, the humanity.
So I’m slowly piecing in new links. Here’s the one I rediscovered today. VADS (the Visual Arts Data Service) from University College for the Creative Arts in England. These image collections are copyright free in the UK. Awesomeness.
So here’s a little preview from a few of the many many collections.
turkish velvet, 17th C.
one of many many many pattern envelopes
William de Morgan ceramic tile, c. 1888
Oooooo. Pretty. Again.
And now I have to slog my way to work. Have a good snow day, all you Okie readers.
(edit at 8:48 a.m. to say: Oh, sure. Now the schools are closed for the whole day. This is totally ridiculous as it is currently RAINING. Oooo, water fall from sky. Gods angry. Must close schools. But not place where people work. People work, make gods happy. Double-hmmph.)