Inspired by and dedicated to my own lovey, Bunbuns, Loveys explores the relationship that people have with their childhood toys and blankets. Studies show that up to 70% of children develop strong attachments to objects such as toys or blankets, seemingly as a source of comfort. Many keep them into adulthood. Loveys presents the stories of those objects, as well as a display of the objects themselves.
Loveys was a part of N/0 Comment, my class's senior graphic design exhibition. For the exhibition, I didn't just want to set the book on a pedestal and that be it; I really wanted to have a display to go along with it. I asked the people included in the book if I could borrow their toys to display. Several told me no, as they lived too far or didn't feel right giving their lovey away for any period of time, but about half let me take them. To fill more space, some others that weren't included in the book due to scheduling conflicts let me borrow theirs.
Originally, I was going to create a space that was reminiscent of a child's room and place the toys inside. When that wasn't working in the space, the solution of simply having them float on the wall like pieces of art was recommended by my professor. I quickly figured out a way to execute the plan using nails, frame hooks and galvanized wire to create under-arm supports.