next in the series of everyday matters drawing challenges...
i used to collect small trinkets as souvenirs
of my travels. i'd return home, eagerly
unwrap them and place them on my shelves,
occasionally notice them and (rarely) dust them.
i don't remember when i decided to forgo the multiple
small souvenirs - easy to transport but somehow
unsatisfying - in favor of challenging, large,
meaningful objets .
purchased in patzcuaro, mexico during a
dias de los muertos celebration when
craftspeople from the nearby villages convene
in the square, this candelabra was a no-brainer.
inexpensive enough that if it had shattered in transit
it would have been only a small investment and
so exquisite that i had to make an effort to
bring it home.
i upped the ante with this remarkable bowl from
fez in morocco. i had brought home a small plate
and an amazing rug from my first visit but when
i found this bowl - nearly fifteen inches across,
weighing in at six pounds - i couldn't walk away
from it. It looks especially wonderful filled with
dozens of clementines and sits on my console table
reminding me every day of a wonderful trip.