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Amiibo Collection.


My display case has now been updated with extra shelves to add all my extra amiibos. Waiting on the Gold Mario Amiibo to arrive and then wave 5 (I think) It looks so much better now with 8 shelves, using up that extra gap from the first photo.

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I’m such a consumer whore for Nintendo, but still no Ness amiibo!

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Let Me Album That For You

In the 17th and 18th centuries it was customary for print collectors to paste their prized sheets into albums arranged by theme, artist, or their own idiosyncratic scheme.

Cheaper and easier to transport than paintings or sculpture, prints were highly collectible, and collections could reach massive proportions. French engravophile Michel de Marolles owned 123,400 prints organized into 500 albums. But he could retrieve any of the prints effortlessly, thanks to his astonishing organizational talents.

—For Print Collectors, Organizing Is an Art

I’m suffering from PDF alibi syndrome. The habit of downloading and saving PDFs in the vain hope that one day I will get around to reading them. It’s not a technical problem at all, or one of lack of time, but rather that I’ve been seduced by the lure of information.
—  “PDF alibi syndrome”, Pat Thomson (2015)
The singular object never impedes the process of narcissistic projection, which ranges over an indefinite number of objects: on the contrary, it encourages such multiplication, thus associating itself with a mechanism whereby the image of the self is extended to the very limits of the collection. Here, indeed, lies the whole miracle of collecting. For it is invariably oneself that one collects.
—  Jean Baudrillard, “The System of Collecting”
The artist is a collector of things imaginary or real. He accumulates things with the same enthusiasm that a little boy stuffs his pockets. The scrap heap and the museum are embraced with equal curiosity. He takes snapshots, makes notes and records impressions on tablecloths or newspapers, on backs of envelopes or matchbooks. Why one thing and not another is part of the mystery, but he is omnivorous.
—  Paul Rand, Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art

Do skeletons, diseases, old medical tools, and dissected brains interest you? Come learn about the Mütter Museum collection on Wednesday, August 26, at our Collecting and Connecting event.

Show us what you collect using #ICollectBecause and be entered to win a Collector’s Escapade featuring a curator-led gallery tour and memberships from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Mütter Museum.

We had the incredibly good fortune to spend some time at Betsy Alexander’s house recently to explore her collections and talk to her about her lifelong passion for eclectic objects.

A little about Betsy…

She’s from Altoona, PA.
She went to Temple University, where she studied voice and composition.
Her first profession is musical theater composition and instruction, but she’s also a found-object sculptor and painter who works with the Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia.
One of her many cats, Nora, is a YouTube sensation.
She’s a gardener as well as an artist, musician, and collector.
Her favorite movie is “Galaxy Quest” and she’s a self-proclaimed science fiction superfan.
She started collecting as a child and still has some objects in her house from her youth.
Five is her favorite number.

What she collects…
Clocks, lamps, geodes, marbles, glass, Buddhas, ray guns, paintings, electrical insulators, robots, wind-up toys, globes, outer space/science fiction memorabilia, Lucite rings, bird figurines, Kinder Egg toys, and more.

Her process…
Betsy looks everywhere for new objects: thrift stores, flea markets, and art shows are among her best options. She says there’s no rhyme or reason to how her objects are organized, and when she brings something else into a space she rearranges everything around it. She sometimes organizes paintings with similar colors or themes together, and she glues them to the wall to keep them hanging straight.

Quotes from Betsy…
On her lifestyle: “"Everything kind of becomes a collection for me.”“
On the state of flea markets, ”“EBay has really killed the flea markets.”“
On visual art versus music: ”“The art world is the place where I go to keep sane. The works are how I want them to be…it’s like therapy from writing music.”
On the market for globes: “There’s been terrible inflation.”
On democracy in her collection: "I could have a 500 dollar marble next to a five cent marble and be equally happy with both of them.”

Explore museum collections as well as meet Philadelphia-based collectors on August 26 at our Collecting and Connecting event.

Show us what you collect with #ICollectBecause.


Courtesy of Dave Christopher & Kate Mellina, unexpectedphila.com