Lost&Find is a project I started in 2014. I set up a booth and gallery space at a storefront on Flatbush Avenue at which I could be commissioned to make objects in miniature to stand in for people's lost possessions. Struck by nostalgia for old belongings that resurface occasionally in photographs or conversation, I loved the idea of revisiting a story or a memory through object making. With space and storage being a constant problem in New York City, the choice to work in miniature seemed obvious. I created a series of Commonly Lost Objects, such as keys, a metro card, and an umbrella, hoping that it might help people think about the more unique possessions they might have misplaced in the past, and what it might mean for them to have it again. The mini museum and work space I created remained on site for a year, and I kept weekly office hours. After taking it down, I have continued the project through word of mouth and on Instagram, as well as a traveling with a compact version of the original booth to a pop ups at stores and events.
Your lost objects can be made as wearable talismans, kept close to the heart, or as small sculptures for display.
I have made many talismans to stand in for beloved objects that were misplaced or lost. Most of them are wearable, but a few chose to commemorate their lost items in objects for display.
Lost objects are all around! Please follow me @yourlostandfind where I continue to gather images of lost things that inspire me visually and in the stories they might tell.