In Flagrante Collecto (caught in the act of collecting)

In Flagrante Collecto (caught in the act of collecting)

Sarah Rainwater
Aug 10, 2009

Being one who constantly fights the unrelenting urge to collect useless-but-cool objects, I love this book: In Flagrante Collecto (caught in the act of collecting) by Marilyn Gelfman Karp, a refreshing and beautifully photographed celebration of the act — and art — of collecting unwanted objects…

For any lover of ephemera, the book provides gobs of eye-candy from vintage matchbooks and ashtrays to car air fresheners and garment tags. There are also plenty of bizarre items that become fascinating as part of a collection like animal traps made from mason jars and used shards of soap. It's a gorgeous coffee table book and a lot easier to display — though no less inspiring — than a slew of thrift store treasures.

www.inflagrantecollecto.info

(Images: Carl Williamson)

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