Mag­i­cal snow­globes from far-off lands

Mollie Makes - - Contents -

I think most artists are hoard­ers in some way or other. We’re al­ways look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion and in­ter­est­ing things to in­cor­po­rate into our work. As an em­broi­dery il­lus­tra­tor, I col­lect things I find beau­ti­ful – my stu­dio shelves are packed with but­tons, rib­bons, books, maps and small an­tique or­na­ments. I don’t know much about an­tiques or any ob­ject’s value – I just buy what I like.

Grow­ing up, I al­ways found snow globes quite mag­i­cal – the thought of those far away places be­ing cap­tured in a dream­like scene, with a mag­i­cal spray of frosty snow tum­bling down. But I didn’t own any un­til af­ter univer­sity, when my nowhus­band and I bought one from Prague to cel­e­brate our en­gage­ment. My col­lec­tion grew with­out me ever in­tend­ing it to – I now have around 160 in to­tal. To stop the col­lec­tion get­ting out of con­trol, I’ve put rules in place – they must be ce­ramic or glass, and from a place with the name on it. As well as my Prague globe, I par­tic­u­larly love the five I bought in New York on my hon­ey­moon; an Egyp­tian mummy one my brother gave me, and one from Mar­bella that al­ways re­minds me of when I lived there, paint­ing mu­rals in restau­rants and bars.

My main tip is to en­joy the items you’ve col­lected – don’t hide them away, get them out on dis­play, touch them, dust them, show them to peo­ple and talk about why you love them. But re­mem­ber, they’re only ob­jects, so never get overly at­tached to them or stop your kids or pets play­ing with them. If one breaks or is stolen, just let your life – and your col­lec­tion – move on. www.lit­tlead­e­

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