I've been studying Judy Wilkenfeld's Guo-Guo, a "visual anthology"TM, as well as Nina Baley's "Destination: Journey" and I was thinking that it would be really good to do something with the treasures of my childhood, so that they could tell a story, or at the very least, they could come out and play in an art piece.
So I tried covering a box with some interesting tribal cloth scored from a local Frenchy's...
And began adding some odds and ends. I found this great star fish in Port Townsend during Artfest and button/closure piece from Lynn Davis on Etsy (she's got some really cool stuff happening all the time).
While struggling with my box and its contents, suddenly a box from my childhood friend Kiki turns up on my doorstep. WOW! So now I'm thinking about switching boxes, redoing the cloth one... hmmmm... so many possibilities!
Here's a little bit of the contents from Kiki's box. As kids we would spend many Saturdays, as best as I can remember, eating dumplings with hot and sour soup and exploring pawn shops and old junk shops looking for snuff bottles and other mysteries.
Thank you Kiki! I love all of it but this little stone monkey is probably my favorite piece, expressing my childhood experience as a foreign ghost so well. Mischievous and playful, with a big grin. What fun.