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A Quote and Activity for your Everyday Objects

During my dissertation research, I came across the quote below and thought it would be nice to share. The simplicity of its sentiment struck me;

Small things found and kept for their lovely shape, their weight, their texture and intense pure colour. Objects that we place near each other, in their different aspects and relationships, create a new experience. A scarlet circle on the wall, a slender white bottle on the shelf near it, a bright blue box and lovely shaped fishing floats that rest in the hand like a bird, weighty pebbles, dull grey, some gleaming white, all these move about the room and as they are placed, make the room gay or serious or bright as frosty morning and nearly always give a tremendous feeling of work – because they are so much a part of the different seasons and varied light and quality of each day.

Barbara Hepworth in ‘Unit 1’, published 1934.

I’m not attaching any photos to this post, as I think it’s worth savouring the images conjured up in our imaginations.

Barbara Hepworth and her husband at the time, Ben Nicholson, lived in London when it was becoming common to live in apartments. Faced with these smaller living areas, interior design of this period began the fashion towards white walls and sparse, carefully considered, decoration.

I thought it might be interesting if, after reading this quote, you went about your day and perhaps took into consideration one or two objects in your everyday life that you find satisfying. Possibly inexplicably satisfying on a personal level. Maybe you could move something in your house and place it next to another object and see if they create their own narrative, or they become playful together.

If you do take part in this activity, please share your experiences of objects and photos 🙂 Thanks for reading.

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