Why make objects: Proust

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I feel that there is much to be said for the Celtic belief that the souls of those whom we have lost are held captive in some inferior being, in an animal, in a plant, in some inanimate object, and so effectively lost to us until the day (which to many never comes) when we happen to pass by the tree or to obtain possession of the object which forms their prison. Then they start and tremble, they call us by our name, and as soon as we have recognised their voice the spell is broken. We have delivered them: they have overcome death and return to share our life.

And so it is with our own past. It is a labour in vain to attempt to recapture it: all the efforts of our intellect must prove futile. The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) which we do not suspect. And as for that object, it depends on chance whether we come upon it or not before we ourselves must die.

Proust, Overture, Swann’s Way

If objects are this powerful, what an important undertaking it is to make them.

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  1. Wendy Montgomery Collins

     /  October 24, 2012

    OMG Hey, it’s Wendy Collins. I am so bad of keeping in touch. I truly suck. So if you don’t want to answer my question I totally understand. I have a pair of earrings that are made of a blown glass bead with a flattened back that was only glued to a post that has a little flat platform. What kind of glue/cement should I use to put it back together?

    I finally finished my rowan scarf and I have to say I’m pretty damn proud of myself. Let’s plan a dinner date sometime and I’ll model it for you. Have you been to Beirut Restaurant down by Menard’s it looks like a front for a drug operation, but the food is pretty good.

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    • OMG Wendy Collins, you do NOT suck!
      I usually use an adhesive called E9000 which you can find at most bead stores, and probably craft stores too.

      I want to SEE that scarf! I think it’s Fated, because Kurt and I just went to Beirut for the first time last week for lunch and quite liked it. So let’s make it happen. For all I know, it’s possible that Menard’s has E9000.

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