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.


Stuff in my head

1. thinking, 2. garden earrings, 3. Eko-Lab at (Re)Fashion fiber Exhibition, 4. [Dalen, Telemarken (i.e, Telemark), Norway] (LOC), 5. Restoration project II, 6. footstool, 7. ivory,bone,steel,stainless,silver,wood & leather, 8. kristen-mcmenamy10, 9. Industrial Scroll, 10. AllSaints SS2011 rosalina wood heel, 11. cable, 12. Wood Print Block, 13. Meditations, 14. Carrara, Marble quarry/mine, 15. Hairpin at Festa delle Cerase, 16. saint barbara, 17. _8532, 18. dawn from my window, 19. GEORGIA HARDINGE Fall 2011 3, 20. Bora Aksu FW07 3, 21. sling, 22. Herbarium – Siobhan Healy 1, 23. New butterfly cuff, 24. Gris a Barcelona, 25. (Brooch) – Early crystal layout…6/7 years..no even numbers.., 26. Controlled Chaos Bracelet, 27. Regal Earrings, 28. Museo Civico Della Filigana Pietro Carlo Bosio 4, 29. _8574, 30. Tesselated Ceiling 2, 31. Warner Theatre, Erie 37, 32. Detail, 33. new snap objects are finished!, 34. Imaginary phasmid drawings… (Macropterous vs. Apterous), 35. a medio proceso de lijado, 36. Victorian Grille