Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers.
Here’s Holly with the tale of an unusual can of beans.
I’m a textile artist who specialises in softening the lines of solid ideas. I’m inspired by our daily surroundings and the unnoticed aspects of life, and how I can alter the status and meaning of objects with my unique textile craft technique.
The Heinz Bean can is where my Supermarket Stitch project came from. I was exploring different objects we come into contact with on a daily basis, and found groceries were a rich area for study. We shop each week in these massive supermarkets and come out with baskets full of goods. After we use them, the packaging is just thrown away, but the beauty of the packaging is what draws us into making those purchases.
Looking at the Heinz Bean can in detail led to this project. I started stitching a flat bean can in my room and began to wonder if I could recreate the can in stitched textiles, transforming it into a soft, nostalgic object. That first can I made was not the best — I had no clue what I was doing. There was a lot of trial and error — parts are taken apart and re-sewn together a good few times until I get the ketchup bottle lid to look just right or the ring pull on a can to look as though you could actually pull on it. I’ve definately got a knack for making certain things now.
We all have a certain fondness for the foods and products that surround us in our lives. Beans on toast on a rainy day or a bottle of Heinz Tomato ketchup in the middle of our table at home become part of our world. I like to think I’m making soft squidgy versions of our lives to hold on to.
All photos courtesy of Holly Levell.
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