Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Collecting Things

Today we had an interesting discussion in my print media class on collectors. People collect interesting things. One girl in my class said she collected bones and a boy in my class said he collects hair, of all things!

I realized that I've collected a lot of things over the years, but as a college student who moves around a lot, I've tried not to collect so much. But, since I've been in the design program, I've taken up collecting design specimens, whether it's tags from clothing, letter heads, or pamphlets that I admired. I also have an infatuation with journals. While I was in Malaysia I bought several little journals that had interesting designs from the ubiquitous little paper stores that I'd come across at almost every little shop lot. Whenever I go into a bookstore anywhere I find myself fighting the temptation to look at the journals. However, according to my professor, this is a good thing to collect and he encourages me to continue.

When I was little I collected shells, rocks, leaves, and pressed flowers. I collected stickers and coins. Once I collected Ferrero Rocher wrappers and wadded them up into a ball the size of a baseball at which point no more wrappers would stick. Then I kept a page of the stickers from the wrappers in a little book. I've also collected almost every letter or card I've ever received.

That's a lot of collecting - some of it probably more worth while than others. What do you collect?

3 comments:

TariMenari said...

I collect pins from the places I visit, right now I have them stuck to a jean purse. I also keep cards and letters that I receive. :)

TariMenari said...

I collect pins from the places I visit, right now I have them stuck to a jean purse. I also keep cards and letters that I receive. :)

Al. said...

Lip balm lipstick lip gloss, any treatment for my lips get me everytime. Over the course of my 18 month mission in Hong Kong I amassed something like 15 fresh sticks of balm, most of them either Burt's Bees or mentholated.

I think that maybe I collect clothes too but since I moved three carloads worth of my wardrobe this past summer I've been trying to cut back. Feels good.