The first brief refers to both personal and cultural histories, connecting people through recognition and memory. In the same phone call where I asked my dad about our cultural history, I asked what objects meant a lot to me as a child and compared them to objects that mean a lot to me today.
Ciara, age 5
Bajio was my first toy, who is technically older than me, named after . He is a little brown dog from GAP and I still have him today as many do with their first toy. Although he wasn't my favourite he was most sentimental and I knew this at even a young age.
Ciara, age 22
As I grow older the objects I hold dear to me must have some sentimental value or they won't be sustainable in my life. In a previous blog post from the Contextualising unit, I explained how I believed that nothing was truly sustainable through longevity unless it had a emotional or historical tie to it. I encourage products that are designed not to last to be biodegradable or have a secondary use that gives back to nature, however sentimental, and nostalgic products have desired sustainability so they can be loved, cherished and even passed on through generations.
my engagement ring
The first thing, and initially the only thing I could think that had sentimental value to me was my engagement ring. Out of all the examples it's the piece I've had the shortest, but as is with most engagement, wedding or promise rings, symbolises the emotion of love and emulates tradition. Not only aesthetically beautiful blue stone just so happens to be a variant of my birthstone, making it more personal and special. I'm not a great believer in horoscopes and birthstones, but matched with the strong emotion of love I find myself more willing to believe in fate.
shot glass collection
Sometimes I forget I still own all of these (only four shown in the image), and through various moves over the last few years a few might have smashed or got AWOL but I have been collecting shot glasses from different countries I visit and receive them as gifts when friends or family go away to a country I have not yet visited. Souvenirs may not be considered great or even good design, but they tell a story and act as visual reminder of past travels. They have their own personal history but get used as much as any other product rather than sitting on the shelf collecting dust, maybe that's why so many have gone missing...
I seem to have a collection of jewellery I never wear but will not part with. They range from Pandora, Links of London, H Samuel marking key age milestones in my life 13, 16, 18 etc. I also have novelty but still high quality memorabilia from one my favourite film trilogies. I also have rosaries from my first communion and visits to holy places such as Lourdes. Although, I would not say I follow a religion right now and do not wear those pieces anymore I will never get rid of them. The times I have ever considered to I never could bring myself too. They must have some personal or cultural history I cannot depart without.
In comparison from child to young adult, I can see the transition in objects significant from my own personal history. As a child, these were the objects I played with most and interacted with regularly, but as an adult the items I treasure the most are mainly ornaments that I enjoy looking at. Occasionally, I will use some but they are more a reminder of fond memories.
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