Sunday, March 6, 2011

"taking things seriously" sentimental objects and their significance

Congrats to me! Today is my 100th post to this blog. Here's to another hundred posts!

Noteworthy for next week (the 10-13) is the American Craft Council Show at the Cobb Galleria!

Today I want to talk about things with unexpected significance. These could be little keepsakes that you have. Everyone has them. They come to us with a story. I sometimes find baby pinecones on the ground and I keep a few but move a few out of the road so they won't get hit by cars. It could be anything, tchotchkes, things from nature, anything.

Once I won a cross eyed Elmo doll from a booth at Six Flags, and I loved it that much more because it was different from the rest.

A friend of mine keeps a medicine jar of her grandma's rhinestones and uses them in special art projects.

My dad still keeps a popeye doll he won on a TV show when it was his birthday a long time ago.

a toothpick holder i got at an antique store- inspiration for a lot of my art

Think about something that has significance to you because it's unique or different or has a special story behind it. An easy one to identify is a toy that you got for Christmas and you loved it for many, many years.

Ironically, I have a book called Taking Things Seriously: 75 Things with Unexpected Significance. In this book, there are tiny stories written by a smidgeon of people about their unexpected, loved items, and each one is accompanied by a photograph.

I would love to hear about your unexpected items. Do you still have them? Where do you keep them? How often do you think about them?

My thoughts on the subject were rekindled by this Etsy blog post. It's called Noted: Stories on Stuff. It talks about the meaning behind the author's saucer nailed to her wall.

I guess all of these things have narratives (the latest buzzword in our art ed classes lately). They each have a story, a meaning. I guess in that respect, they are kind of like people. We each have a background and a story. We are natural storytellers.

At Tales Of Things, you can upload images of items that are significant to you and tell their story. This would be a great identity project for middle or high schoolers.

Once, I brought my stuffed tiger from my childhood into ART's classroom for our lesson on friendship quilts. The kids loved seeing Missy and it was relatable to them. I actually remember a few students asking for permission to hug Missy. It was something quite special.

One thing to be wary about, and my roommate Val brought this to my attention, is that after a while, the things you own start to define you.

Here's hoping that you have a special day!
-Katie B

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