I put much importance on the stories that belong to things, objects, utensils, decorative items, furniture, any artifact that I live with. I have a need for them to be part of my life and to this end I have made it my purpose to accumulate, use or live with to add these mini-histories to my everyday existence focusing especially on objects that connect me with people I have been close to or have known. By so doing the objects themselves take on a life and importance of their own thus rendering them something other than pure objects and keeping the people they are associated with living about me. They live on with us and become an undying part of our lives and so I write, when I do so by hand, with my father-in-laws fountain pen. I drink, daily from my Dad’s ‘Grandad’ mug, I use my cousins little wooden box to store my bling in at night and I wear, everyday, my Aunt’s pendant Celtic cross necklace. I wear one my Uncle’s old woollen jumpers over my shirt when working in the winter garden. These are just a few of the 100’s of everyday items, some small, some large that we live with, all deliberately accumulated and in some cases rescued to enrich our home and our lives with connections or stories.
This is not pure nostalgia either. I compare it to having someone special living not far away who you hardly ever see while the two of you live your separate lives. Whenever these two meet up and however long its been, their relationship kicks off as though the last get together was just the day before.
Most of these connections are small, a salvaged picture frame, a mug or two and so on but some, those that are most important to me, have an interest that is worth recording. This section presents in turn those special things and their connections. (all PDFs to download)