Monday, July 26, 2010
I have always been fascinated by memory jugs that were popular in the Victorian era as they tell a story about a person that has passed away. The jugs or vessels were adorned with many trinkets including shells, buttons, coins, glass, and other things that were reminders of loved ones. They have been found on graves in the South serving as a grave marker or headstone for poor people. I discovered these embellished jugs while antiquing many years ago and actually made one. I searched through my "junk" and found things that were representative of my life and passions and glued them to a jug but I didn't like the result as it looked "too new" . Then about 2 years ago I found a book called Art Making, Collections and Obsessions by Lynne Perrella one of my most favorite collage artists. She featured an artist named Laurie Zuckerman who makes memory jugs as an art form. Her work is amazing and inspirational. I am going to try this project again hopefully with more success this time...don't discard your junk (shells, buttons, earrings, bottle caps, dog tags, beads, jewelry, keys, small glass bottles, baby spoons, favorite broken dish, tea cup parts, and anything else that is of value to you but don't have use for, MAKE A MEMORY JUG!!!!! via: Art Making, Collections & Obsessions Laurie Zuckerman 1st, 2nd 3rd photos, Karen Fischer 4th photo, Smithsonian Art Museum 5th photo.
Posted by Dawn at 11:19 AM