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Why do people collect the things they collect?
Apart from the obvious motivations such as nostalgia, social interaction with other collectors, appreciation of beauty, investment and a need to posses a small part of the world, there is the personal pleasure of it.
I have one visible collection and it's not even really mine.
20 years ago, on my 18th birthday, my mother bought me a large ceramic elephant. I say large, but it was just big enough to hold a potted plant. I don't know why she bought me an elephant, I don't remember ever discussing elephants or that I liked elephants or that I wanted any large ceramic representations of an elephant that were big enough to hold a potted plant. I didn't even own or want a potted plant. But great collections have to start somewhere.
20 years and 8 homes later my collection of elephants has grown and shrunk. Each passing birthday, a new addition was handed to me from close friends and family, with a knowing smile from them and an internal "Huh?" from me. Peer pressure forces some kids to take up smoking. I was made collect elephants.
I mentioned that I have one visible collection. The elephants. They are on show in every room but I'm not one of the crazy folk* who has 100's of them. There are probably 12 - 15 in total, spread around 6 rooms. So that's the visible collection. My invisible collection is hidden under beds, in wardrobes & behind wardrobes, in the attic, in suitcases and has now started moving out to the shed. That collection is 'empty space'.
I have started to de-clutter my house of all the
I've probably had about a stack of 20 newspaper on the go for the last 6 months and now that newspaper stack can help one of my collections achieve the other.
Ultimate Paper Mache have this incredible tutorial on making your own paper mache elephant.
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Check out the video and have a look at the website. They have a great list of projects for kids, such as these.
Paper Mache Buildings
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Bunny Rabbit Jack Skellington
The way I see it, another project on these pages leaves me with more empty space at home and these days, I'm starting to build up quite a collection.
*You're not crazy - you just have a special bond with your collection. No one appreciates it as much as you.