You see, it's not enough for me to simply appreciate strange and wonderful objects. Or to photograph them. Or to blog about them. The fact is - I really like buying them too, so I seem to accumulate an enormous amounts of peculiar things, that have no practical function whatsoever.
What's my excuse? That they'll make a lovely display.
There's nothing we at The Curious Eye like more than a good display. We can spend hours tweaking and fiddling. Juxtaposing and experimenting. Should the wooden toy go two inches to the right? Should the bud vase move forward a little? Getting it right is like a visual game of Sudoku - everything has to add up just right.
This particular display - consisting of Dutch glove moulds, a 19th century French mannequin, some American railroad lamps and an old theatre spotlight, has just had a new addition. Fifteen postcards from the ever reliable Norman at the Dalston Waste. As far as I can tell, these cards were given away with "Sluis" birdseed as a promotional tool in the 1960's. The artist is identified only by the mysterious initials 'RS'.
They're not quite Charley Harper, or Audubon - but there's a simplicity and lightness of touch to them that I find very pleasing. I'm happy to let them perch in my room for a while and add a little inspiration.