Friday, September 3, 2010

the traveling plates

a year ago in june, the bookbinding goddess/funnier-than-hell jen drove all the way from minnesota to kansas so we could meet and make stuff. one evening she held a creative jam session in her hotel suite, and when you have a creative jam session, you need wine. with wine you need cheese and bread, and with cheese and bread you need plates, so i lent her a few of mine. when she got back to minnesota she realized she still had the plates and wanted to mail them back, but they were not worth the postage, so i told her to toss them. so she did, but not in the way that i meant. instead she tossed them in her suitcase.

then i started getting postcards.

plates-rose-garden

the first was from the rose garden on lake harriet in minneapolis, and my eyes boggled when i got it - she didn't know it at the time, but this is where i was married, and so this is the family favorite of the bunch. very special to me.

plates-new-york

a few months later, another one appeared - this time from new york...

plates-seattle

then from seattle, where i spent nearly a year on assignment drawing process maps in visio, making copies, going for morning runs along the waterfront and getting caffeinated.

traveling-plates-vegas

then from vegas, of which i only have bleary memories, mostly surfacing at the MGM grand buffet around 5 am. when i was a grad student in arizona it often seemed like a good idea around midnight to get in the car and zip up to vegas for breakfast. but i never walked three miles hung over to the vegas sign. and i definitely never took a picture this awesome.

plates-pillsbury

then from minneapolis, the iconic pillsbury's best flour sign, near downtown. ...

plates-isles

and the last is from lake of the isles, just around the corner from our old house. that's downtown minneapolis in the background. this perspective is from the bridge that connects the isles to lake calhoun, where i could piddle away entire afternoons watching people paint, read, run, walk, bike, and canoe. i complained nonstop about the cold when we lived there, but all the same, i love minneapolis. and lucky for me, i'll be going back soon.

plates-postcards

there's also a photo on jen's blog that i hadn't seen until now, one of the polka dotties sunning themselves on the shores of lake superior. not to be missed! how absolutely nifty it was to see two of my possessions running around the country through jen's eyes and camera, knowing that when we look at those pictures they bring back entirely different sets of memories for each of us.

the plates are now officially retired, and i'll treasure these postcards for my lifetime. thanks, jen.

35 comments:

Buffalo Lucy said...

Even your plates lead interesting lives! Fabulous!!

nacherluver said...

Ha! Read it on her blog as well. That is just the cutest! How lucky are those darling little plates?

aimee said...

i'm telling you, a set of melamine plates were never treated so well! she's a gem!

Ecobatt (Biomouse) said...

I love this story and the pictures are fantastic!

Rita A. said...

How fun is that. Love the scenery

lori vliegen said...

oh, the places those sweet polka-dotted melamines have been (and i'll bet they could tell great stories of your "crafty-wine-and-cheese night".....!). xox, :))

Isabel said...

I Loved that!!! Made me laugh :O) Thanx for sharing:O)

la ninja said...

oh. isn't she a doll?
nice one. amélie poulin would be totally proud of you, jen.

painted fish studio said...

i think i might be the only thirty-something woman in america that hasn't seen amelie yet! :)

this was so fun aimee, glad you enjoyed it. your plates may have other adventures... you never know...

aimee said...

i think they need to go abroad! what do you say we pull them out of retirement at least once (isn't that the trend in retirement these days, anyway?) and take them to tokyo? easter island? reykjavik??

cindy said...

a match made in heaven i'd say, or maybe two? you + jen, plus those two plates, so perfect together. loved each of your posts. enjoy your weekend!

Phoenix Peacock said...

what a FABULOUS idea! This is just too cute!

Lizzie said...

How cool, what fun.

AG Ambroult said...

yes. the plates should most definitely launch an international voyage of discovery.
what fun! thanks for sharing :)

Sarah said...

That is so brilliant! Interessting post too to read about your memories of each of the places.

Megan Walker said...

Wow - that's so awesome Aimee! Not only do you have such a terrific, fun, thoughtful friend, but your melamine plates have been to more states than I have! LOL! (actually, that's pretty pathetic......)

Bella Sinclair said...

How I LOVED these stories! Must be more than a coincidence that these plates went to visit the places that are so special to your heart, no? Jen is AWESOME!

ps. I just saw Amelie for the first time a few days ago. Loved the movie, loved the gnome, and loved your plates!

Pat said...

Wacky friends are so much fun!!!!

Everyone needs a friend like Jen!

jane said...

genius!

rachel awes said...

love these
friendship plates
that feed
the soul!
(delightful!!)

~Barb~ said...

This is so wonderful! What a great friend for taking your polka dots on such adventures...and sharing the pics with you is too fun. I have such a huge smile on my face from reading/seeing this. Thanks for sharing.
Peace & Love,
~Barb~

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

What a great blog so lovely groovy and so much fun, I love it!!!

Thank you for stopping by!

It's a pleasure to meet another brilliant artist!

●• Thereza said...

this is hilarious! it's like what people do with nicked garden gnomes :D

The Original Drama Mama said...

What a wonderful, fun idea!
So if you give an artsygirl some wine...she'll have to take some plates across the U.S.! :)

cactus petunia said...

I love this! Reminds me of the traveling garden gnome in the movie Amelie...what a sweet friend you have!

Christine E-E said...

this is soooo cool! how funny to see where your plates have been & how many connections there are to your life.

iHanna said...

I think someone was inspired by Amelie, yes indeed. what a creative project. I love taking photos of things where they came from or where they could visit too!

cath c said...

what a truly fabulous and thoughtful journey for your plates! kudos to jen! what serendipity that all of the places held some meaning for you, too, esp that rose garden!!

Paper Squid said...

I love this!! The plates and their unexpected travels are awesome. The photos are great.

aimee said...

wasn't this fun? i never would have thought to do something this groovy. good news for the traveling gnome that these plates are retiring - otherwise it would have come up against some stiff competition!

Inner Toddler said...

hysterical.

Lori said...

How fun- Jen is cool.

Coreopsis said...

What fun! I used to live in Minneapolis (not far from Lake of the Isles), so it was cool to see those pictures. But mostly just cool that those plates got around. It makes me want to send something from my house on a journey--or take one myself.

Sharon said...

Jen is obviously a fun person! What a great idea. I hope that I have reason to steal it somehow in the future and do something similar. ;)

Giggles said...

Love this story and the traveling plates!!

Hugs Giggles