Brigid

“My name is Brigid.

I brought along my magical charms, necklaces and jewels today.

They’re important to me because everyday my own philosophy involves reanalyzing my own pre-programming from childhood.

So I wear an engagement ring even though I never plan to get married and a lot of crucifixes and Pagan symbols even though I’m not religious.

It’s really just about switching up your ideology and mocking iconography.

I have a cross made of human finger bones that actually belong to my boyfriend. So I guess technically they’re the bones of my lovers fingers around my neck. I also have a crucifix made of yak bones from the himalayas.

These are my special things!”

Tidbit:
Asked to clarify which fingers her boyfriend no longer has:

“Oh no, no they’re not his finger bones, they were purchased from a store.” She went on to say that you never really know where human bones come from, but there are a few stores around the country that you can actually order a pretty interesting assortment of bones – human or otherwise.

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Mary

“My name’s Mary.

The story with the headbands is that two and half years ago I lost 150 pounds and one of the side effects of that is that you lose your hair. I had this really long curly hair that was always sort of my signature thing.

When my hair started to get thin, I was trying to figure out how to put some kind of look together.

I found my solution in the form of a headband from a place in Napa Valley called “Cookie & the Dude.”

After that I was always in search of headbands anywhere I traveled. People even started giving me headbands, not always the best headbands, but they would give them to me as gifts because they saw it as my obsession.

But it really wasn’t. It was simply about creating a style while I was going through this major transition in my life.”

Tidbit:
About year ago the original headband snapped in half right at the top. Mary still has it and says it’s a good reminder of what she has gone through and how it helped her out.

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Jon

“My name is Jon.

My object of importance is a black tee shirt that says “DA’ WEST” on it.

I got this tee about 12 or 15 years ago, bought it for literally like a dollar or so. The reason I enjoy it so much is because everytime I wear it someone asks me what the hell it means and I, to this day, have no idea what it means.

I like the fact that it irritates everyone with this answer.”

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Erin

“My name is Erin.

I know it seems obvious and lame but I brought my laptop. I met my husband on-line at Match.com and started a career that I never thought was possible for myself.

At the time, I think it was 9 years ago, I was socially awkward and a coworker suggested I try on line dating. I was like: Are you insane? So she put up a profile for me. My mother said they’d find me chopped up in the trunk of a Camaro.

I got 600 emails the first couple of days but they were all gross and then I noticed where you could specify your search parameters and Andrews profile came up. I said to my girlfriend- why doesn’t a guy like that write me?

I went to bed- didn’t contact him. The next morning he had e-mailed me. It was really creepy.

I didn’t actually have narrow search parameters. He had to be really tall, graduated college, never married. What’s funny is that on our first date, the one and only date I had from match.com, the first thing Andrew said when we sat down was: Okay- I have to tell you something. I was like great-What? He says: I’m Divorced… I’m Thinking great, what else?…and I didn’t graduate college. And he says if you want to leave, totally fine but I just wanted to tell you and get that out the way. He explained that he was married for only ninety days, big mistake and had dropped out of college to run a business but was now back in college and finishing his degree.”

Tidbit:
Fast forward to 2010-Erin and Andrew have been married now for five years. Andrew earned not only his under graduate degree but also a masters. Erin’s interior design business continues to thrive and her blog http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com has taken off with almost 200,000 hits per month.

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Sandy

“Okay! My name. Sandy.

Here’s what I brought today. It’s a vintage Easy Rider motorcycle helmet. I love motorcycles, I race
motorcycles, I grew up on motorcycles. I’ve been a gear head all my life.

I always loved Easy Rider. One of my greatest memories of coming of age was seeing this movie. It was
amazing.

I found this magazine ad for a place called Justified Defiance. They found all the old styles- a whole
warehouse full of them. They kept just the shells, restored them and the brought them back to life.

I had to have it.

When I’m not using it, it sits on the shelf in my house.

You know, it’s a great piece. It’s Americana man!

Tidbit:
Coincidentally, right after this was photographed there was news of Dennis Hopper’s passing. Hopper had directed and starred in this cinematic symbol of the 1960s.

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Ayden

“My name is Ayden

I am 6 years old.
Today I brought some of my Bakugans.
I don’t know why I like them, I just do.

Thank you.”

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Ron

“My name is Ron and today I brought Kleenexes of my late wife Lisa.

The joke that we had, (which really wasn’t a joke) was the fact that she was always blowing her nose and leaving the Kleenexes all over the place. I’d find them in the bed, on the bed, in the sofa, and on the sofa. She’d just blow her nose and leave the Kleenex and I would always complain, “Don’t you know what a wastebasket looks like?”

One time she said, “Well one of these days I’m not going to be around and you’re going to find one of these Kleenex and you are going to feel sorry for giving me such a hard time about them.”

Ironically, that was the case, because Lisa died suddenly of septic shock.

After she died, I was going through some of her bathrobes and found these Kleenexes. I just laughed because I remembered the conversation we had and I never thought that she would die.

When something like this happens you just want to keep things. Anything.

It’s weird because since she was cremated I couldn’t get a lock of her hair. I have some of her hairbrushes with a little of her hair. I actually cleaned the bathtub that was clogged, so I have a ‘clog’ of her hair.

But the Kleenexes are the only things that really I know she touched on this planet so I keep them. It’s strange, but what can you do?”

Tidbit:
“The young girl the picture is our daughter Kiki. She was only three when she lost her mom.”

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Henry

“My name is Henry.

I’m obsessed with bicycles. I’m currently working on a mountain bike project. I’m gathering parts right now. I found this frame through a friend of a friend. It’s an Iron Horse 6.0 with dual suspension and I’m really stoked on it. I have one rear wheel. It’s a white DT Swiss. I’m hoping to find a front wheel of the same kind, but it’s been difficult. Hopefully, I will start riding it in the springtime.”

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Robin

“Hi – my name is Robin.

I thought long and hard about what to bring and decided on my serger because I honestly don’t think I can live without it.

Unlike most sewing machines, a serger cuts the fabric as it sews making it much easier for me to finish a garment.”

Tidbit:
Robin makes handmade children’s apparel and accessories.

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Jeff

“My name is Jeff.

I was born and raised in Dundalk Co. Louth, Ireland.  I immigrated to the States in 1998 and have been living here now for 12 years.

My biggest pride and joy is my dog “Saoirse” (seersha).
“Saoirse” is the Gaelic word for freedom.”

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Jacob

“My name is Jacob.

Found only in the crystal clear waters of the Les Cheneaux Islands on Lake Huron in the upper peninsula of Michigan are these funky limestone chunks that even the locals can’t explain.

I collected this piece while visiting a great friend who has a cottage on one of the many islands in the region.

It’s a beautiful act of Mother Nature and reminds me of true friends and a place I cherish.

I look at it every day.

I’m out, Peace.”

Tidbit:
Jacob is a sculptor by profession.

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Ben

“I’m Ben

This is my JC 510 Jesse Hines surfboard.

You’ll see on the deck it’s got his signature motif that I think is a bonsai tree.

It’s my newest board. It’s also the one I used when I skipped a couple of hours of school last week to surf.

I didn’t get caught, but I probably will, after everyone reads this.”

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John

“I’m John

I love all kinds of musical instruments, strings, drums but I particularly like electronic musical instruments.

This is a Buchla modular synthesizer, made by a mad scientist by the name of Don Buchla who lives in Berkeley California.

It’s kind of my obsession, instead of a midlife crisis buying fancy automobiles; I ended up on eBay buying fancy synthesizers. You can patch it together like a telephone box with all these cables. There’s one section that I really like called the source of uncertainty.  You plug it in and you never know what you’re going to get, as the name implies.

I just want to turn it on.”

Tidbit:
The inventor was a member of the Merry Pranksters back in the 60’s. He hung out with Ken Kesey and the Grateful Dead and took lots of LSD.

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Melanie

“My name is Melanie.

I love white Ironstone.

I love the forms.

I love that they’re one-of-a-kind.

I love that you can actually use them so they’re utilitarian.

I love the crackled glaze.

I collected them way before Martha Stewart ever made them big.”

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Leslie

“Hi, my name is Leslie.

The cello is not an easy instrument.

I’ll probably never be able to perform the andante in Brahms Opus 60, but I own the music and I’m practicing my scales.

I’ll probably play the cello till the day I die.

Tidbit:
“My mother had introduced me to the Gramercy Trio. I heard them play Brahms C-Minor-Opus 60. It was a fine Quartet. They were very good musicians and when they got to the andante movement that began with a cello solo I lost it.

I’ve never heard anything like this in my life and I’ve become obsessed with the andante in Opus 60 – It lives on the wall of my kitchen where I look at it everyday and wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it.”

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Deb

“My name is Deb.

I was about eight when I got the globe.

What I loved about the globe was seeing how all these places I had heard about fit together.

I always wanted to know where places were.”

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