July 6, 2017.
I remember the first time I inherited something. I was about 12 years old and I was given my grandfather’s tie clips. What was a 12-year-old girl to do with tie clips? I didn’t want to put them away and forget about them, but I wasn’t going to start wearing a tie, either.
I don’t remember how long it took for the idea to form, but I was soon wearing those clothespin-style tie clips as hair clips, almost every day. Years later, I was in university and still pinning my hair back with Grandpa’s tie clips, remembering him long after he’d gone.
Since then, I’ve met many people who have sentimental attachments to objects they can’t readily use. A reminder that’s tucked in a drawer for safe-keeping is out of mind as well as out of sight. It doesn’t do much reminding. Sometimes preserving the object is crucial, but when it’s not, it’s fun to consider how it can be adapted to become part of everyday life, or even just for special occasions. Then it actually works as a reminder, and the memories are preserved, even as the object fades or wears.
That’s one of my favourite parts of SeeingSquared – reviving memories by re-purposing reminders.
July 1, 2017.
I hesitate to call this a blog because a blog implies frequent posts and I know that’s not going to happen. A blog, however, is often a catch-all for the bits that don’t fit elsewhere on the site, as well as for things that are most effectively displayed in reverse chronological order. That fits. So if you’re new to the site, take a good look around. But if you’ve been here before and just want to see what’s new, this is where you’ll find it. This is also where I’ll post instructions, and whatever else comes to mind. I hope you enjoy seeing what I’ve posted. I certainly had fun making it!