I now have a new page on my website especially for the Inheritance Project. There you'll find the ever-growing list of contributors and makers.
If you have sent vintage linens to me, you'll have received one of these right away:
From Russia, with love.
Thank you artist, Natalya Aikens, who was so inspired after sending her first Box of Mystery that she sent another! Now her cupboards are neat and tidy.
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).
Thank you Lynne Bateson, a friend of mine for 23 years, who rescued these items from a thrift store Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
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.
Thank you Tess Wentz, who also sent 2 boxes of mystery, plus three handmade crocheted Valentines, which we displayed on our seasonal tree. Tess rescued these items from thrift shops over the course of about 35 years and kept them for various projects of her own before contributing to the Inheritance Project.
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.
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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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Artist in Anchorage, Alaska, sometimes blogging about the collision of history, family & art, with the understanding that none exists without the other.