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 283 – four books I have drawn

Books of drawings about homes, maps, sheds and a week in a cabin in  Norway.

day 282 – four stationary packets

Stationary stores are wonderful, especially in places away from home.

day 281 – four bounty hunters

With thanks to Ben Burtt and Ralph McQuarrie the Star Wars movies were a joy to watch.

The original figures are beautifully made, the proportions and texture as they should be.

day 280 – four paint boxes

These are some of the paints that I use at my desk or when I am travelling.

I use them until there is nothing left, so that some last for years.

day 279 – four jazz records

I draw to music all the time.

Here are four of many that I enjoy from time to time.

Songs and melodies are good companions to making work.

day 278 – four George Simenon Maigret books

“No one noticed what was going on. No one suspected that a drama was being played out in the waiting room of the small railway station where only six depressed looking passengers were waiting, amid the smell of coffee, beer, and lemonade.” (Maigret and the hundred gibbets)

Within the green covers, on the yellow freckled pages and held together by the  almost broken spines, the Parisian detective stories are told.

day 277 – four cricket bats

When I was younger all I use to do was play cricket. Practise took place on Monday night and matches Saturday and Sunday.  It is a game of nuances, routines, patterns and traditions. I never tire of it. The cricket bat is central to the game, often made of willow. The bats used to be prepared with linseed oil, repaired with fibre glass tape and the surface sanded. There was an art to it. At the end of the season the blade of wood visually held the runs and edges of the previous months.

Guest Editor’s Profile – Nigel Peake

Nigel Peake

Ballytrustan, Co Down, N Ireland

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

Making work can cause a mess, so where I live is rarely tidy.

Boxes of pens, rolled paper, stacked books, plants, out of their sleeve records and tubes of colours on the table and floors and on the arms of chairs

At the moment the desks are arranged in a square so I can work at four different spaces, following the light around the room.

Where do you normally get your things? 

No where in particular, I travel quite a lot with my work so it can be from these visits to cities. I live in the country so the stores around here are for the daily newspaper and food.

I don’t collect anything in particular so it is normally things that I see by chance that I will take home, if I have room in my bag.

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

Probably my sketchbooks.


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