Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Old. New. Found. Blue

Ok enough of the practicalities for the moment; there seems to be a bit of a blue theme going on in here, so I have grouped a few of the images together and will explain their origins:

The blue children’s chair has been left here since I bought it back from the other house, I have yet to find a permanent place for it so it sits rather impractically against the radiator, ready to be moved. The old sledge was bought purely for aesthetic reasons with the intention to hang it on the wall, however when we tried it, it stuck out too far, so down it came and now it acts as a place for the phone and a few old books.

The typewriter painting is by Jantze. http://www.jantzetullett.co.uk/

This is echoed by my own Imperial tab-o-matic, a wonderful charity shop find; behind this is propped a children’s wooden foot measure; following a bad motorbike accident, D gave up work and took a temporary job at a storage warehouse, this item was found in an abandoned crate, what a great discovery  – and free!
The blue jug belonged to my grandmother Frances. I’m not sure if it was a gift or if she bought it as a souvenir whilst on holiday, apart from a chipped lip it seems to have been well looked after, but sadly I have no recollection of her using it. 


  1. It's interesting that you've chosen to place the blue themed items together (to show us) P, and then go on to discuss that some perhaps haven't found their 'place' yet. Or r.e. the sledge, an intentioned place was found to be unsuitable, but maybe it's found it's own place (akin to that of a telephone table) now? The idea of where we place items the reasons and stories behind the placing is fascinating. Such as the blue jug changing it's function from a holder of liquid to one of stationery, and the odd emery board! Also the fact that it was your Grandmother's - a more traditional viewpoint of placement would be to have it on a shelf acting/seen as a show piece or small heirloom. This practical use I find very endearing though, as you see it and use it everyday, it's usage and tactility somehow brings you closer to the person.
    And then ...
    don't even get me started on the typewriters, painting and object - both simply stunning!

  2. I think sentimentality often plays a part when deciding where and what to do with an object, the blue jug is not the sort of piece I would ordinarily choose, therefore placing it as part of a display would somehow not be an option; however the personal connection would make it impossible for me to throw away, so in this case the choice is to either hide away in a cupboard, or to give it a practical use, hence a pencil holder, (strangely I have never considered using it as jug!)
    In terms of transient objects, I often purchase things without necessarily knowing where they are going to go, (more examples of this later!) so objects are regularly moved around to accommodate newer purchases! Unfortunately I do find it quite difficult to throw anything away...

  3. Yes, it's intriguing to think about what attracts us to objects in the first place ... sometimes it's almost re-living a memory from childhood, or because of the colour, design or just the fact that something will be 'left on it's own' if not taken back home with us (ok, maybe that was just a big reason of mine, from way back)! I agree with you r.e. not being sure where some new purchase will be placed at home. I think probably you and I gain inspiration from the objects and items we have around us - they fuel our creativity and aid our ideas, and thinking.


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