These toys have a very special place of honour in my vinyl collection. Each figure was hard won via auction, lottery, or sheer force of will.
The big guy in the back:
“5 Years Later” Companion by Kaws
1) Apple Blossoms
1) Because it was different.
2) Because my cakes needed a platform.
3) Because somebody was going to throw it out.
4) Because of the golden starburst motif.
4) Madeira Silk
1) Grind and add to plain sugar cookies.
2) Try in risotto.
3) Delicious in blackcurrant compote.
4) Gives depth to chilli con carne.
Ironic that on the day I wanted to post my film cameras, I didn’t have my actual camera handy. So here’s a grainy cell phone picture of my best friends: Asahi Pentax. Polaroid, Instamatic X-38 and Kodak Signet. I still use film regularly, and am very much in love with it.
Okay, you caught me. I’m a Muppet freak. I love the Frog. I have a lot of different Muppet collectibles, but I thought I’d share Kermit, specifically, since he’s so well loved.
I have collected a good number of collection receptacles over the years.
I need a bag for carrying objects that I collect—things gathered at the beach or picked up off the ground or purchased. I take an odd pleasure in the design of a well designed and made bag. Mostly, all I do is look at them these days having become a bit more pragmatic recently, but I have had many. At the moment 3 are in active use and another 3 or 4 are in storage somewhere.
Boxes and storage containers beckon me whenever I see them: Look! I would be perfect for holding this or that thing you’re not sure where to put! I’m stackable! Group me with my siblings, and we will organize everything. Some of these containers come from second-hand shops and are interesting in themselves, others are simply perfect vessels in plastic, cardboard metal and wood.
Notebooks are another collectible for collecting. I have many. Some are full. Some are empty. The majority are in various states of completion. I use them for collecting thoughts, ideas, phone numbers, names and dates, images. I’m sure you have a few kicking around, so you know what I mean.
What are computers? They are communication devices now, but they are also storage and retrieval devices. Computers are machines for collecting ephemera. We collect images. Links. Articles. Friends. Blogs like this one curate our electronic collections. In the interactive age, we collect collaboratively, fusing both primary functions of our computers as storage and communication devices. On social media, we collect friends, ideas, links and followers while the social media platforms themselves collect us.