Collection by Stephanie Orma

A Collection A Day


From delightfully mismatched buttons to colorful spools of thread to vintage typewriter ribbon, a variety of small, unexpected collections can be found in charming little tins. Thanks to artist/illustrator Lisa Congdon’s A Collection A Day blog project, we can now find her brand spankin’ new book of the same title oh-so-appropriately packaged in a tactile and highly covetable collector’s tin too. Designed and published in collaboration with UPPERCASE’s Janine Vangool, the book is chock full of “voracious collector” Congdon’s nostalgic finds—organized into 365 artful collections. As Congdon’s personal creative challenge for 2010, she curated her inspired finds (vintage luggage tags, pink erasers from yesteryear, old matchbooks, and even dolls’ hands) into related compositions and posted them on her blog everyday for a year. In celebration of the book launch, Congdon’s collections and original artwork are on view now through April 17th at the Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco. But for a peak inside the book and into the highly imaginative mind of its creator, check out the slideshow.

With the entire project available virtually on Congdon’s blog, Designer and Publisher Vangool wanted to turn the book...
“I didn’t actually set out to make a book” Congdon explains, “It just started off like—‘what am I really passionate...
Vintage inspired? Definitely. Not in pristine condition? All the better.
Congdon’s first job out of college was teaching at a very old elementary school.
When things started to get a bit tedious (especially six months into the “every single day” project), Congdon stayed...
“The owls are actually my mothers collection that were handed down to me,” Congdon explains.
In fact, Congdon owns more than three quarters of the objects in the book.
Although the majority of the book Congdon beautifully photographed herself, she’s an illustrator by profession.