day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.

This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.

I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.

I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.

My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.

Happy New Year.

s. arden hill

day 220 – four textile rainbows

On top of the shelf is seam binding lace, in the shelf is embroidery thread, on rack are spools of thread and in the tray are buttons. I use these rainbows in my artwork, crafts and dressmaking.

Photo by Krista Leger.

day 219 – four violins

This collection belongs to my very musical roommate.

day 218 – four books on sexuality that I’ve started and not finished

day 217 – four cast iron, Italian made picture frames

These frames are part of a much larger collection that I’ve built over the last five years. I have used them multiple times in my artwork. I believe they’re from the 1950s and were designed to imitate ones from the Victorian era.

Photo by Krista Leger.

day 216 – four found photobooth strips featuring girls of Aboriginal heritage

I have a very large collection of non-digital photobooth pictures. A relatively small portion of my collection are photos that I have found. The above photo strips are a sub-group in the Found category. These were found in public places between the summers of 2007 and 2010.

Photo by Krista Leger.

day 215 – four commemorative tins featuring the last four British monarchs

From top left to bottom right: King George V Silver Jubilee tin 1935, King Edward VIII rare unofficial Coronation tin 1936, King George VI Coronation tin 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II Coronation tin 1953.

Photo by Krista Leger.

day 214 – four blue vintage airmail envelopes

In my medium sized collection of vintage airmail envelopes, these blue tinted gems stand out amongst the off-whites, creams and grey envelopes.

Photo by Krista Leger.

Guest Editor’s Profile – Meags Fitzgerald

Meags W. Fitzgerald

Halifax, Nova Scotia

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/or living area) look like?

I believe that your physical space is a reflection of your head space, and thus you can alter your mental state by changing your environment. I take special care when decorating and setting up my organizational systems. In my studio/office area everything has a designated space and ideally I clean the space every night so I can start a fresh the next morning.  I’ve always thought of my bedroom as a safe haven and I like to feel engulfed by the material things I love. It is one giant, well composed nest.

Where do you normally get your things?

I’ve collected most of my stuff while traveling, found in flea markets, antique shops and bazaars. Recently I’ve started buying collectible items online, but only items that I know I could never find in person. Online shopping takes the fun out of the hunt but it’s as equally fun to wait for something delightful to arrive in the mail.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool? 

I can’t narrow it down to one, the select few include my 1960s Singer sewing machine which is the only machine to ever understand me, a handwritten cook book that belonged to my late grandmother, and my collection of photo booth pictures that live in two large leather binders and would be the first things I would grab in the event of a fire.


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