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The memory of things





This idea – of memories in objects – is explored beautifully in Anna Smaill’s book The Chimes. You should read it if you haven’t already. It’s so original and a page-turner to boot.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that it’s Winter Zine Fest at Thistle Hall, Cuba Street, Wellington, this Saturday 4 June between 12 and 5. I’m going to be there, selling the first chapter of Mansfield and Me: a graphic memoir if you want to have a sneak preview. Maybe I will also staple up some of my Let Me Be Frank comics – it depends on my finances! Anyway, come and say hi if you’re in town – I’d love to meet you.

48 Comments leave one →
  1. William permalink
    30/05/2016 4:04 pm

    Lovely memories

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  3. emotionsoflife2016 permalink
    26/07/2016 7:34 am


  4. malloryadamsblog permalink
    26/07/2016 8:03 am

    These memories were very cool, and I love the illustrations. Did these come from the book you were referring too, or did you sketch these? Either way I really enjoyed this post. 🙂

  5. 26/07/2016 8:39 am

    delightful post.

  6. 26/07/2016 8:50 am

    Reblogged this on basheerabdulwahab.

  7. lifeoftheveganmermaid permalink
    26/07/2016 11:07 am

    These are such pleasant memories!❤

  8. 26/07/2016 12:08 pm

    Cute illustrations paired with beautiful thoughts. Great post!

  9. mylifeasseashore permalink
    26/07/2016 12:29 pm

    Pleasant memories…!

  10. theurbanblender permalink
    26/07/2016 12:51 pm

    Love the simple illustrations,they catch the eye and the writing looks like a real journal entry. Smells do it for me and songs. I once went to a hotel and used their body wash and memories of a man I once knew flooded back,he used had the same body wash. It was startling but good. Really like your blog.

  11. Edge of the runway permalink
    26/07/2016 6:48 pm

    Great article! 🙂

  12. Mask22 permalink
    26/07/2016 7:36 pm

    Nice post, love the evocation of connections through items

  13. 26/07/2016 10:30 pm

    Aren’t memories wonderful, they are like road signs on the highway of your life. They enable you to pinpoint events, remember people and provide referent points to navigate one’s mind.

  14. 26/07/2016 11:42 pm

    Great post! Made me think of a book I had to read for a course at university called “The Comfort of Things” by Daniel Miller. The book discusses how our identity is formed and expressed by the objects we own, well worth a read!

  15. Martin permalink
    27/07/2016 2:23 am

    What a wonderful post. Really made me think. Thank you.

  16. 27/07/2016 3:57 am

    Great post!

  17. 27/07/2016 4:35 am

    I like this a lot. Thanks for sharing this idea – I think of memories held in fragrance and music, but hadn’t really thought about objects. 🙂

  18. ÅŘJÉÍTHEPÓĘȚ permalink
    27/07/2016 4:08 pm

    creatively done, wow

  19. theshineandglow permalink
    27/07/2016 11:23 pm


  20. micro5353 permalink
    27/07/2016 11:24 pm

    Good post

  21. 28/07/2016 2:26 am

    Great post. Love it! Please check out my blog I’m new here and would love advice from you xoxo

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  23. jezykowepoczatki permalink
    28/07/2016 6:40 am

    It’s a similar on Mind Map. I’m learning English in this way 🙂 nice drawing

  24. 28/07/2016 7:03 am

    Beautiful post

  25. 28/07/2016 6:05 pm

    This is so beautiful. I’ve also had random memories of people embedded in daily objects (and sometimes the associations are random). I love that you illustrated this.

  26. sanaparveen permalink
    28/07/2016 9:34 pm

    beautiful article

  27. 28/07/2016 10:52 pm

    Sweet memories and cool doodles! 🙂

  28. 28/07/2016 11:09 pm

    Very Cool

  29. 29/07/2016 1:30 am

    I love the post, and the original illustration is well done. Very inspiring. I have not read the book you speak of but I think I may intend to do so. Does it at all explore the idea that Other People can read those memories from some of those objects?

  30. 29/07/2016 4:15 am

    AMAZING! your so creative onto your own thinking !
    can you please tell me how can i improve here !

  31. Kristina Antonio permalink
    29/07/2016 5:00 am

    Brilliant job!!! Happy to find your post. Xoxo

  32. @2nikhil1 permalink
    29/07/2016 5:49 am

    Amazing! Sweet 🙂

  33. 29/07/2016 7:37 am

    Moving…& Soooo familiar…Whenever I hang laundry I also think of M…and when I make tea, I mean liberale Evert time, I relive that very undistinctive moment with T.

  34. ExploringDutchi permalink
    29/07/2016 9:05 am

    It is indeed so familiar! I also really love how you make such a point in such simple down-to-earth drawings. You really set me thinking, you know? Good luck writing further, I will definitely follow your blogs and might read your book one day!

  35. daviD permalink
    29/07/2016 1:11 pm


  36. 29/07/2016 2:45 pm

    enjoyed this very much

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  39. 30/07/2016 10:25 pm

    Beautiiifully written my friend!
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  40. 31/07/2016 3:27 pm

    Beautifully written. Sweet

  41. 01/08/2016 12:55 am

    Who drew the pics? Nice try

  42. 01/08/2016 3:14 am

    Lovely memories and drawings! Hope you can check my new blog out as well 🙂

  43. 02/08/2016 6:42 pm

    Amazing :0

  44. 02/08/2016 8:15 pm

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  45. 04/08/2016 2:58 pm

    love the drawing,beautiful post.who ever put nice try,kill them off in your next work,lol.
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  46. 25/08/2016 12:35 pm

    Just found your blog and love you drawings that accompany your story …I agree about the memory thing .. no getting away from it .. is there? Nice that it happens though! I’ll link to your blog when I’m keying away tomorrow!!!


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