The Secret Life of Things

I interviewed Bryony Nainby for Craft Victoria’s exhibition The Meaning of Things:
In these overstuffed days when department stores stock mass-produced macrame wall hangers, and Marie Kondo has transcended personhood to become a verb (as in, "I Marie-Kondo-ed the f--- out of that jumpsuit"), it could be said that our relationship to things has become a tad cavalier. Thankfully Craft Victoria's latest exhibition has arrived to cure us of our consumptive malaise.
Liz Jones presents her father’s drill and drill bits, along with her map of Australia made from vintage linoleum in The Meaning of Things.
Liz Jones presents her father’s drill and drill bits, along with her map of Australia made from vintage linoleum in The Meaning of Things.CREDIT:CRAFT VICTORIA

Bryony Nainby: ''We deal with objects every day and what stands out is how attached people can be.''CREDIT:CRAFT VICTORIA
The Meaning of Things is a digital "wunderkammer", a collection of objects from makers and appreciators presented along with the stories that give them meaning. The exhibits range from the exotic to the everyday, with all stopping-off points in between. Human beings have always made things: we keep items because we are sentimental, or they fulfil some need, provide hope or comfort. This exhibition shows how objects can make, shape and change us.

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