Jane DagmiComment

THE ART OF COLLECTING

Jane DagmiComment
THE ART OF COLLECTING

Collecting is one of the topics we’ll be celebrating in the March issue of Designers Today. I have always enjoyed seeing what others hunt, gather, and display. There are a few angles I’m pursuing. First, I would love to know what you, dear designer, personally collect, when and why you started collecting. Second, I am interested in seeing spaces that you’ve designed for a client’s collection/s, your clever and beautiful solutions for their stuff. Third, a special area of focus will be Living with Books where I want to explore antiquarian chic from book-filled spaces to reading nooks, and book motifs and bookish product. The deadline for submissions is February 6th.*

My parents started collecting aesthetic transferware fairly recently and probably have 20 plates on their wall.

My parents started collecting aesthetic transferware fairly recently and probably have 20 plates on their wall.

I grew up in a home with walls plastered with art and where Roseville pottery graced every flat surface and shelf. Now their Florida home is filled with aesthetic transferware, chalkware, and more affordable pottery such as McCoy, Red Wing, Royal Haeger, and Sascha Brastoff. Antiquing is a shared pasttime that has brought my parents closer together. Each piece tells a story of where they’ve been and they love to recount those tales.

At Country Living magazine where I worked for 14 years, I produced tons of photo shoots in homes graced with incredible collections, shooting stacks of textiles and plates and well-appointed cupboards filled with mercury glass, transferware….the list goes on. To this day, I like nothing more that to find multiples of related objects — grand and mundane alike — and to capture that family” in a photo. Sameness and difference together. Like humans but more easily managed. Below are some of the collections that have crossed my path, in homes, stores, museums, antique markets, and schools.

And, the lead photo for this blog is my spin art collection. It accumulated over seven years — the result of many kid play dates between 2002 and 2009. I love how they are uniform in shape but diverse in color and pattern. I also love how the final result of a spin art project is beyond our creative control. Oh, how these 5” paintings delight me!

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