Thursday, January 5, 2012


col·lec·tion [kuh-lek-shuhn]  

the act of collecting.
something that is collected;  a group of objects or an amount of material accumulated in one location, especially for some purpose or as a result of some process: a stamp collection; a collection of unclaimed hats in the checkroom; a collection of books on Churchill.
the works of art constituting the holdings of an art museum: a history of the museum and of the collection.
the gathered or exhibited works of a single painter, sculptor, etc.: an excellent Picasso collection.
collections, the various holdings of an art museum organized by category, as painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, or film: the director of the collections.
I love the thought and act of collecting.  Whether it be paintings, jewelry pieces, books, or a mixed bag of what I would consider interesting and beautiful.  That is the joy and freedom of collecting - it is simply based on your own interests, perspective and attraction to a type of object.
It all starts in our childhood when we find our first interest in something worth having more than one, blankets, stuffed animals and grows as we do; changing for many into different loves and craves.  I personally have a well collected group of (and this is very specific) 1940's and 1950's plastic mechanical novelty salt and pepper shakers.  I started to collect them because they made me laugh! :) They have monetary value but that was never the thought process for collecting them.  Surround yourself with items you love that have some significant meaning to you and trigger a personal feeling- laughing, crying, inspiring, encouraging.
What do you collect and why? I would love for you to share your collections with me.  As handmade artists I think the diversity should be pretty interesting!
Look forward to all your comments - :)