The artist photocopied the library's collection of lonely and abandoned bookmarks, and although she began by displaying them randomly, they fell naturally into groups (maybe subconsciously influenced by the Dewey Decimal Cataloguing system?); foliage, religious, embroidered etc.
I'm not a great bookmark collector, but I've also never been a corner-of-the-page-folder-overer either. I'm happy to use an envelope or postcard or whatever's to hand.
Although I thought I wasn't too fussed about bookmarks, the carelessness of North Wiltshire's readers is quite astonishing. There are some beautiful bookmarks here. Protective angels, prayers, souvenirs from holidays, wildlife, embroidery and cross stitch that represent considerable hours of hand crafting, special grandma poems and works of art - all are represented. And they're just the ones that can be shared. The more 'personal' bookmarks weren't copied. All of these lost souls waiting to be reunited with their owners.
Coincidentally I noticed the exhibition in the same week that I'd set a themed 'design a bookmark' activity at work. It's always surprisingly popular and the kids produce some amazing designs.
The exhibition and the homework made me look at bookmarks with new eyes; with the growing popularity of e-readers, bookmark design may be a dying art. I haven't got a Kindle so I wouldn't know if e-bookmarks exist but surely they can't be quite the same? Best to appreciate the humble card or fabric bookmark while we still can.
I rushed home from the library to check I could find my one and only all-time favourite bookmark, produced by Son when he was at playgroup. Found it! Phew.
|'My mum is ssp' - special?|
How about you? Bookmark owner or corner-folder-overer? Do you have a bookmark collection or a special bookmark? Have you ever lost one? Or have you abandoned books and bookmarks completely for the e-version?