We are accustomed to feeling the value of our possessions by their tangible presence, but what about our shelf’s negative space? We understand ourselves not only by what we have acquired, but also by what we have given up. What have you sent into the great beyond? To kick off this new series, illustrator Katie Evans drew a few objects she’s consciously eliminated from her life. Add your own illustrated submissions to the Into the Great Beyond Flickr pool, and your story could end up on the Etsy Blog!
Katie Evans lives in Brooklyn Heights and works as a graphic designer in the creative marketing department at Kate Spade New York. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in May 2009 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design. Things she enjoys are: cavatelli at Frankies 457, the Brooklyn Flea Market, anything sparkly, and afternoon lattes. When she is not working, you will find her reading in the park, baking cookies and telling really funny (bad) jokes.
My grandmothers were both very stylish women. When they passed away, they left their jewelry to my mom, my sister and me. From the collection we inherited, my favorite pieces are this sparkly watch from my dad’s mom and the “t” locket from my mom’s mom (drawn above). The watch doesn’t work — it’s permanently set at 4:33 on the 21st of the month — and the locket is empty, but I used to wear them all the time. These seemingly insignificant pieces were so special to me. Wearing them reminded me of the amazing women who wore them first. Recently, we decided to rotate the pieces, so I sent the watch to my sister in Alabama and the necklace to my mom in Florida. I can’t wait till we rotate two more times and the pieces come back to me.
My best friend, Sara, and I moved in together in May of 2009. Our stuff combined meant that we had two of everything, and we’ve only recently started to get rid of the doubles. Over the past year and a half we’ve received care packages from our moms with assorted treats — regardless of whatever else is in the box, they always include a plastic tumbler cup, too. When we were purging our kitchen, a lot of the corny (sorry, moms!) tumblers had to go. We also had a bunch of mismatched saucers that we never used (I liked them, Sara didn’t). I love the idea of entertaining, but we never actually do it, so she made me put those in the “thrift store” box as well.
I’m on a never-ending hunt for the perfect pair of camel brown boots. I just want a plain, pull-on, no-jazz pair of boots. Last fall, I was browsing the Brooklyn Flea Market and came across these heeled boots. They had a zipper, but they were only $30, so i thought “why not?”. I didn’t try them on because at the time, I was wearing boots, the market was packed, and I just wanted to get them and go. When I got home I discovered that when I put them on, the inside stretched to fit my calves and revealed not-so-cute black elastic. I wore them once, trying to hide the inside of my boots the whole day because i hated the black elastic that much. After that, they went into my closet where they stayed until a couple weeks ago, when my roommate happily adopted them.
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