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Trying out some display boxes. I really do have quite an attachment to
matchboxes. They've always felt a bit more precious than the
disposable item they really are. As most of you know they've featured
heavily in my work before, I guess this idea of presenting them is
just an extention of that.
I really should just be getting on with making the silver though
because at this rate I'm going to have very little to sell.
27th Aug 2009, 21:36   | tags:

swamprose says:

THAT is so right. perfect setting. will find some canadian matchboxes for you. they usually have some kind of wild animal on them.

27th Aug 2009, 22:01

beth says:

thanks! I'd love some canadian ones, though I'd need to put them away and age them!

I should probably just stick to matchboxes. but chh. You can't sell them for much.

27th Aug 2009, 22:04

I have a large collection of matchboxes!

27th Aug 2009, 22:06

beth says:

this last lot I got wasn't as good as the first lot, the first lot had loads of boxes from around the world and cruises, this lot is mainly from seaside towns and working mens clubs, which sounds romantic in itself but the imagery on the front is tantamount to bad clip art and I prefer the typographical stuff on matt card, colours are much nicer.

27th Aug 2009, 22:12

nige says:

I like the ribbon pull.

27th Aug 2009, 22:57

beth says:

Yeh I'd done a present for someone with these ribbon pulls on. there's just something really *nice* about that attached to the box.. something delicate. I dunno. I might investigate other ways of making things precious too..

Actually, we've just done a brief that references Susan Collis - you'd probably like her work.;=16&iid;=2 "don't get your hopes up" is showing in sheffield at the moment, I'd love to see it.

27th Aug 2009, 23:01

nige says:

Oh, I do. That's a great space too.

The matchboxes do seem more precious with the ribbon pulls. Not sure why, perhaps it's just juxtaposing something old and throwaway with the something shiny and sensual to the touch. Completely opposite to matches themselves. Not sure.

How did you do the felt inlays? they look fiddly.

27th Aug 2009, 23:05

beth says:

with some fiddling! It's crushed velvet of some kind or other not felt though :P

27th Aug 2009, 23:28

Caine says:

Oh, I like this so much. I'm a complete sucker for odd little boxes of all kinds, and odd little tins too. I don't see box matches nearly enough, it's mostly match books here.

28th Aug 2009, 01:08

beth says:

i suppose they're a dying thing these days.

28th Aug 2009, 02:22

Caine says:

I imagine so; I find that sad.

28th Aug 2009, 02:35

taniwha says:

I love little boxes too. Matchboxes are special because they contain fire. That's kind of magical in itself.

28th Aug 2009, 08:33

Viv says:

looks good beth

28th Aug 2009, 10:06

beth says:

Tani - I never thought of that. yes that is quite a special power, fire.

thaaannkks muuum.

28th Aug 2009, 21:42

FilbertFox says:

matchboxes are just 'cute' and a fine way to display your wares

30th Aug 2009, 20:28

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