What’s your collectable item? Tiles from each place you visit, coasters from those bars on route, or perhaps its old money.
For me it is a good old-fashioned postcard. It’s an image stuck to a bit of cardboard and frankly I love them. Upon being asked what I look for when choosing a postcard I sort of stopped: it had been a very unconscious decision – I like that one so I’ll get it; without really thinking too much about why. What has become evident is the more vibrant the better and if it focuses on a landscape or activity I’ve just been to then that’s the winner.
Now home – what the hell do I do with them?
If you’re a hoarder of postcards alike, then here are a few ideas to display and store your mementos:
With a large table that has a glass top: place the postcards beneath the glass frame and secure. This concept could work well with coasters, too. You have a vibrant coffee or dining situation.
Frame them into a montage. You can get some seriously large photo frames and it will ensure they’re up for all to see in a well-kept space. There’s something to be said about the definition a frame can give to this kind of artwork.
Scrapbook – although this means they won’t be on show for all to see, its one way of keeping them safe. You could even categorise them in theme: location, vintage, activity…with added notes and quotations to accompany your book.
If you’re a little kooky try connecting a piece of light string across your room to imitate a fishing line, then clip your postcards across this with pegs.
Simple but can look busy. Stick them to a blank wall you have at home. They may not be that well protected, but it will certainly make an impression.