Sure, you can buy a flying car from Hammacher Schlemmer. But for truly bizarre catalog collections, turn to America's laboratory supply companies. It's a fair bet your favorite holiday catalog will not include a small-animal guillotine, for instance.
Much of the quality and variety of what I build depends on the quality and variety of parts and materials that I can source. To this end, I collect and semi-religiously thumb through catalogs. (Yes, most of these places also have Web sites, but sometimes catalogs are just easier, or at least more fun.) Whether for selection, esoterica or service, here are my six favorite vendors for all my project needs. Got a favorite of your own? Tell us about it in the comments.
Large-scale photgraphs symbolize the environmental excesses and inequities of consumer culture
By Dawn StoverPosted 12.28.2007 at 5:49 pm 4 Comments
This image depicts eight million toothpicks. According to Seattle artist Chris Jordan, that's how many trees are harvested in the U.S. each month to make paper for mail-order catalogs.
The images are part of Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, a series depicting the excesses and inequities of contemporary American culture. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something, such as the number of American children without health insurance, or the number of disposable batteries produced every 15 minutes. Many of the images are mosaics of common objects.