Collection of Collections

I’ve been mulling over this idea of a show about collections. Here’s my proposal as of now.

A Collection of Collections:

Main Entry: col·lec·tion
Pronunciation: \kə-ˈlek-shən\
Function: noun
Date: 14th century
1 : the act or process of collecting2 a : something collected; especially : an accumulation of objects gathered for study, comparison, or exhibition or as a hobby b : group, aggregate c : a set of apparel designed for sale usually in a particular season

I come from a long line of collectors. Collectors of books, driftwood, snake skins, hornets nests, music, cars, glasses, comic books, trading cards, watering cans, tea pots, tattoo machines, arrowheads, wineglasses, ect.

They’ve collected with varying extremes from the small collection of four or five tea pots to my great grandmother who was a photographer and over the years collected thousands of photographs, in essence collecting moments in time.

So, the act of collecting was a natural thing from a very young age, it was all around me. A natural part of everyday life, surrounded by objects. In fact my Great grandmother loved going to garage sales and wanted each of the great grandchildren to pick a favorite animal or item that she could then search for that items at garage sales. In my arbitrary child idea I picked cats. So I got them, week after week, ceramic cat finds from her garage sales. That started my first official collection.

After that my collecting continued, but changed, I started collecting music, books, pins, stickers, retro dishes, old cameras, posters, photographs from flea markets, tattoos, ect. But I was always collecting, even when I didn’t realize it.
I have a love hate relationship with collections and objects. I love minimalist ideals, have only what you need, nothing more. But something about the act of a great find at the thrift store of the flea market is amazing. Amassing this collection of awesome objects, to use, to admire. For what I’m not sure.

This brings me to the purpose of this; exploring others collections, as well as my own.

What makes this person collect bottle caps while this person collects stamps? Why collect anything at all?

I plan on answering these questions by interviewing my fellow collectors and asking them about their collections. As well as documenting the collections with photographs.
The culmination of this project will be displaying the photographs of the collections, along with the story of the collector. As well as the display of my actual collections.

So, here’s where I need some help.
Do you have collections? Are you willing to let me take photographs of them?
Let me know. Email me at annieclarktuff(at)gmail(dot)com

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