Finding Common Threads In Your Collections

I have always been an admirer of paper – all sorts. And as I travelled the world collecting paper in all its guises (not the sole purpose for my journeys), I found offshoots of my obsession taking shape. My paper obsession saw a new outlet when I began to collect porcelain versions of classic-shaped paper vessels. A strawberry punnet, paper plate, hot chip container, espresso cup: I love that something usually tossed away after one use suddenly has a longer life by being made of something precious. I first saw this approach by Australian artist Nicole Lister. After buying her cups, I found other curious pieces in NYC, London & Paris. I stick to white and let the pieces speak for themselves in their simplicity. I like the surprise element of the traditionally disposable becoming permanent.

But that is just the beginning of the offshoots of my paper obsession, it exists as the gateway to so many streams of my collection. I started with paper, and now my collection encapsulates maps, wallpaper, postcards, old packaging, playing & flash cards, books, luggage tags, patterns & blueprints and the list goes on like an epic poem. The beautiful thing about this is that all these side paths came about organically, giving the whole collection a relaxed theme. The array of pieces can feel like their own standalone group, but within the wider collection there's a harmony that runs through my interior aesthetic. Perhaps the lesson is to keep an open mind when charting your own treasure hunt, and allow new ideas to present themselves, a good lesson for life, too. Perhaps you won't find the common thread in your collection, but it will find you...

FILED 11, Aug 2016

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