The Design History Society is participating in the first annual week-long festival curated by the Association for Art History.
The Society is hosting an interactive digital event ‘Remembering Things’ accessible worldwide on Wednesday 22 September. The logo created for this event by Artun Özgüner is is inspired by a ‘time ball’, or ‘ititamat’ of the Klikitat and Yakama people of the Columbia plateau of the Pacific Northwest. Young women would begin knotting dogbane fibres to mark important moments in their lives, be they joyful or tragic. Touching each knot recalled the life experience of its maker; at her passing, the time ball would be buried with her.
Join in our celebration of how an everyday thing captures and triggers memory; please consider sharing an image of a thing and the recollections it holds for you: your favourite teacup granddad’s gardening tools, or that fabulous outfit your roommate wore to go dancing. Prior to this event, you can submit your memories and images using this online form. In this virtual conversation, Claire O’Mahony Chair of the Society will talk through some of her favourite objects and with the DHS team will explore the objects you have kindly shared and as well considering how everyday design, the things all around us, tell fascinating histories of who we are, were and hope to be. If you are content for us to do so, images and memories will then be shared over the coming months on the Design History Society’s Instagram.