Anything is hard to find when you will not open your eyes

A big thanks to everyone at Glasgow School of Art for making my talk yesterday such a pleasure, especially Dr. Bruce Peter and the others in the Dept of Historical & Critical Studies for inviting me in the first place. It went okay, I think. It was hard to talk for so long to people who are just sitting still, particularly when the Mackintosh lecture theatre (charming as it was) was so spectacularly uncomfortable. It was lovely to meet some of the students, albeit briefly, and I was really glad some found it interesting. I liked seeing what actually happens inside an art school. It's good to know that a lot of people, lecturers included, want to get a break from Baudrillard and Foucault and just appreciate stuff now and then.

So, if anyone is visiting for the first time because of it - I've put the photos I used in my presentation into a photo set on Flickr. There are some extras in there as I took quite a few out, but as they're in the same vein I left them in. They all have tags if you're wondering where anything is. That was the main theme of the talk - to get out and look around because small and/or commonplaces things can be beautifully designed and interesting too.

Other links & references: I also talked about This is M. Sasek (the children's travel books) and Nothing To See Here (alternative travel guide), John Hinde postcards and sweet wrappers. I showed some bits of other people's stuff namely some vintage matchbox covers, and Soviet bus stops. The little photo cards that went down a storm are made by Moo. If anyone wanted a badge and didn't get one let me know.

The last slide I had, of conclusions I came to at about 3am the night before the talk was that this is what I've learnt doing I like:

  • Everything is interesting
  • Everyone has a place
  • Do something YOU like
  • Find your own voice
  • Make something that you're happy with
  • Share it

That probably sounds a bit trite but it's worked for me and I'm constantly surprised how many people don't follow those rules. I really enjoyed talking about it so if anyone has questions or anything please get in touch.

Not trite at all - absolutely spot on. Interesting 2007 couldn't be more suited to you.

Simon James x

Hello there,

I was at your lecture and I enjoyed it very much, as you said, it was quite a refreshing change from all the cultural theory based in-jokes.


Thanks Ian. That's very good to know. I really enjoyed myself. It was interesting to see what art school involves, if only for a day.


So glad the lecture went well - I was thinking of you!

I'm sure you'll have really inspired people as you always do - and your conclusions certainly aren't trite - if people followed them a bit more, then I'm sure there would be a few happier people in this world!!


I enjoyed the talk too, Anne, but then I'm the sort of person who is continually bumping into people in the street because I've just noticed something unusual on the 2nd floor of a building over the road. Always look upwards.

Since last week, I've been trying to work out who Miroslav Sasek's style reminds me of, and I think I've cracked it. It's a New Yorker cartoonist called William Haefeli. Both artists have a penchant for similarly-angled faces.

Anyway, my 'I Like' badge is now firmly attached to corduroy jacket number 1, which I tend to wear everywhere I go. There's viral for you.

Hi Louis

It was a pleasure to meet you last week and I'm sorry we didn't catch up more after as I had lots of questions about TV and related stuff for you. I'm tickled that my badge has made it onto your jacket and the fact that you have a cord jacket hierarchy says a lot (of good things) about you. Hooray for anoraks and cord jacket!

be interested in the world, be genuine and be generous...well done you for making it all seem so simple

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