Every day, my fellow Etsy Blog editors and I come across items with a story: chess sets made from nuts and bolts; unconventional love tokens; cardboard surveillance cameras; bedroom furniture made in miniature. I love thinking about where these items came from, but what’s equally fascinating is pondering where they’ll end up, and whose lives they’ll add meaning to.
Enter West Wales-based illustrator Gemma Green-Hope. When her grandmother – or “Gan-Gan” as she affectionately called her – passed away in 2010, Gemma was struck by all the items she left behind, and how they illustrated the passions, experiences and beliefs that shaped her life. As a way to weave together memories and possessions – and honor her grandmother – she made this animation, which is nothing short of stunning.
What items remind you of the mothers in your life?