In last week’s post I wrote about the first three objects I wouldn’t want to lose, the ones I would save from a fire. Today I share with you another three of my prized posessions: things I love for their intrinsic qualities and also as memory-holders.
The first one is a toy: a small tin dog that jumps up and down when the handle on its side is turned. Made from discarded materials – an old tin, a bottle cap and other bits of metal – it charms with its ingenuity. It is the work an Argentinian artist whose name I unfortunately don’t know, and was given to me by one of my sisters some years ago. I keep it on a studio shelf next to a tin clown on a motorbike, I imagine they like each other’s company.
My second object is a vintage pair of theatre glasses that belonged to my mother. She was an opera lover, and this was the set she always carried to performances. I love everything about them, from the mother-of-pearl surface to the battered old leather case with its blue satin lining. And of course, they remind me of my mum and the things she felt passionate about…
The third object is one that has been with me almost as long as I have been in London: an old bread bin that I bought when I moved into my first flat. It wasn’t a practical purchase but rather something I saw at the local junk shop and immediately liked. Of course if really did have to pick up my prized posessions in a hurry I could always carry them in it!
ARTIST & MAKER
My work is often humorous and whimsical – unless my romantic side takes over and then we enter into a fairy-tale territory of old-fashioned script, pages of books and music scores populated by chivalrous gentlemen, glamorous ladies, butterflies and rabbits.
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Would you like to explore your creative side? I use the wonderful techniques of decoupage and collage in much of my work, and now I can teach you how to create your very own masterpieces!