If you have sent vintage linens to me, you'll have received one of these right away:
I have a stash ready to send because I make these while sitting through piano lessons. And swimming lessons. And airplane travel. And I make them during the in-between studio moments -- a chaotic, but still zen place currently organized with bins of sorted doilies, linens and boxes of my own work heading here and there.
Please be patient if I haven't posted about your Box of Mystery yet -- I'm about 4-6 weeks out.
The shipments below have come from all over, some makers known, some unknown. The titles are how I keep them all straight (plus my massive, color-coded spreadsheet....also chaotically zen).
From Russia, with love.
This package featured a thrift store dress that I need to be 5 pounds lighter to wear. Okay, 10 pounds lighter. Make that 20 pounds lighter. And a crocheted handbag that I'm full-on using. Plus one of the ubiquitous pansy doilies that I now LOVE, after a number of years of not loving so much. (More on those below).
She, too, sent a second envelope filled with further rescues.
(The cat, of course, is also rescued with remarkable provenance -- Makers: Unknown; Origin: Bethel, Alaska; Circa: 2014).
Down the Pacific Coast from me, in Oregon.
So I'll leave you with this on my design wall. I'm all over those cupcake-y pansies and have some in my collection from my Mormor in Sweden that I'm turning to with interest -- there is power in sheer mass.
Then there's this haunting embroidery. I can't stop thinking about how it appeals to that dark, sinister part of me that did pretty well in art school.
If you have doilies or linens you'd like to contribute to the Inheritance Project, please send a note through my contact page and I'll reply with an email including a list of specifics. Someone recently offered to make new items -- a lovely, generous gesture! -- but no, this is not the purpose of this project, which is an opportunity to collect, revere, re-consider and question the value in the valueless, uphold lost and forgotten histories, and look our disposable world in the eye and say, "There is another way." Because if we continue disposing of things, it's too easy to dispose of history, culture, community and people.
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