This is the final post of four things on http://www.fourfortheday.com 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
I’m not giving the translation…click on the picture to read them more clearly…
It had a lovely time taking these photos this week. Hope you enjoyed them!
My dad offered me my first pocket knife when I was about 10 years old. And I thought it was one of the most amazing gift I had ever had. Sadly, that knife got lost, but I regrouped my favorite ones here.
The brown one I use for everything! The blade is very used but it makes it even more handier. You can read «made in western germany» on it which makes it kind of interesting historically. The red one looks a bit like the one my dad gave me. I love the little saw on these. Very powerfull. The tiny one was my mothers. I found it in a box of old things that belonged to her. Finally, the pink one I bought because it was pink and beautiful…
I keep those. And love that they are imperfect and found a home (click on the picture to see them properly).
I found the red block in the street. The colour die is probably related to some game. I just liked it and got it in a toy store. The «Now» die is part of a sentence scrabble game from the 70s I found at the thrift store and so is the wood block with the unidentified structure (seriously, can someone tell me what the hell that thing is?). I love wood and I often work using random choices and chance in my creative projects.
Here are from bottom to top, the first violin I owned, my first ukulele (beautiful sparkly pink), my mother’s mandolin and the kala uke I play now.
Letters play a big role in my art. I’ve always been quite fascinated by typography and lettering in general. The letter M being the first of my name is one of my favorite. It’s shaped like a little house or tent you could stay in…very cosy. I often say I am not writing, I am drawing my voice…
The pink M was featured on the cover of my first record, the small silver charm I have been wearing around my neck every day for about 4 years. The other ones I have used in different art projects.
Montréal, Québec, Canada
In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/living area) look like?
I try very hard to be organized, but I have to do a lot of different things in one place so piles do grow and grow… especially during the school year (I teach songwriting and music history classes). So I have to find space for arts and craft projects, for all the music gear and instruments and teaching stuff as well. All that in one room.
I usually use ziploc bags and transparent plastic boxes or envelopes to organize what I have.
Where do you normally get your things?
I love thriftstores, flea markets, hardware stores, obscure dollar stores and old school stationary places, outdoor gear places (there is no such thing as having too many carabiners or pocket knifes), jewelry stores and music stores of course. I also keep some things I find in the streets.
What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
Here’s my top 5
My Parker fountain pen (rare 80s model)
My gold locket and special charms (Always around my neck)
My pocket knife
My ipod touch
All of them portable small things. For some reason I always want to be able to carry those essentials everywhere. As if I had to flee some galloping plague or disaster…I don’t know why. I guess I just love adventure and travelling..