My inspiration for this project was found by simply walking through Goodwill. My grandmother passed in November and she has been on my mind a lot lately. When I went into Goodwill, a lot of the things in there reminded me of her. She was an adorable British grandmother who always made sure that her house was decorated with tiny trinkets that she loved. This is what urged me to buy the ship in the bottle. It’s a tiny trinket that has a small Union Jack on it and it truly felt perfect to bring some English-ness into her memory box. She also often had fake flowers in vases just so that there was always color in the house.
My process to complete this project was to first paint the box a dark brown color. It was originally a faded wood that needed some love. Painting it dark made the rest of the box look less worn. Then I cut up a scarf to insert flowers through the fabric to make sure they stood upright. Then I glued flowers to the picture frame and glued the frame into the box. Then I placed more flowers around the frame and popped the ship in the bottle on top of the flowers.
The picture I used was taken by my cousin (a talented photographer) the summer before she passed. In it she is reading a book and she has an air of serenity around her. Looking at it gives me a sense of calm, knowing that she is happier now with my grandfather with her.
While working through this project, I felt like it really helped me also work through her passing. It made me transfer the last of my sadness into something that I could look at and remember her by, in every single aspect. I wanted the whole thing to be colorful and happy–something that was just like she was. 🙂
Aesthetically, I believe that my goal has been reached. I wanted something representative of her and I feel like I accomplished that. Functionally, I don’t believe the artifact itself serves a physical function, it’s more of an emotional function that I have explained a lot above.
If I were to expand on this idea in the future, I would create more. I would create a unique piece for my family members so that they could also have a memory of her with them always.
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