5 Things

Design Conception/Visual Illustration (in order as shown):
Waad Husein, Jessica Crow, Sarah Young

In order to envision an all-encompassing future, we feel it vital to take inventory of the things and the ideas we hold most closely to us now. In this project entitled 5 Things, designers present five personal items they regard as important and explain why. This exercise questions what kind of criteria is needed to consider something personally valuable — whether it be nostalgia/sentiment, function, or joy — and if the feelings of a different time or place attached to these items keeps us exactly that, attached. 

Waad Husein

1. My uncle’s camera: This camera belonged to my uncle when he was a college student studying in Eastern Europe in the 80s. I believe he bought it in Russia and I’m sure it’s seen many destinations. He hasn’t asked for it back, and until he does, I’ll continue to handle it with care.
2. Bouncy ball: My youngest cousin gifted me this before I moved. Funny enough, I used to love collecting these as a kid!
3. Watch: I’ve always had an obsession with clocks and watches. I was always teased about having a significant other in another time zone thus, explaining why this watch had two clocks. No matter what, there was always a creative assumption as to why I had this.
4. Sudan postcard: I found this postcard amongst my memory box where I keep all of my boarding passes and tickets from previous trips. It’s ironic considering I haven’t visited Sudan, which is where my family is from.
5. Watercolor palette: I remember getting this as a gift when I was in Prague. It’s a tangible memory of a free and exploratory moment in my life.

Jessica Crow 

3 years, 4 homes, 5 things

Over the past couple years I’ve moved around quite a bit so I thought I would dedicate this post to the 5 (categories of) things that have came along with me:

#1 my rocks! Nothings more irresistible than a good rock / mineral and it’s a nice abstract way to remember a place
#2 my books! I’ve kept these with me throughout the years and like to think that they’ve been a source of inspiration just at the right times. I hope my library grows to be an extension of myself (cheesy I know)
#3 my T-shirts! Most of the shirts I’ve picked up over the years have been made by the people from each place so they have some sentimental value!
#4 my minis! Sarah and I have this one in common. It started when we lived together a few years ago and the collection continues to grow! Most of what’s posted above have been gifts from people really dear to me ❤️
#5 my prints! These include brochures, fliers, maps, tickets, anything that’s tied to a good memory or has good graphics!

Sarah Young

1. 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘄𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝘂𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹 𝗬𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 I bought this piece from the sweetest family of artisans in Jalisco, Mexico in 2017. It is traditional Huichol folk art specific to the region and intricately made with this beautiful, colorful yarn.
2. 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 My MINIS!!!! I got in to collecting these tiny objects with @jessicacrowww. This collection has grown through years of gift-giving and thrift store finds among loved ones. 
3. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗩𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟭𝟬𝟬 𝗩𝗮𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 This vase was created by the impossibly talented ceramicist and friend, Jolie Ngo @jolienope. 1/100 Vases she made for her RISD BFA thesis.
4. 𝗙𝗶𝘀𝗸𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿 #𝟱 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗿𝘀 These were my grandma’s (Nai Nai’s) scissors. I don’t know when or where she got them but using them always reminds me of her. They’re old and super accurate.
5. 𝗠𝗼𝗺 𝗼𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗮𝘆 This photo is of my mom on her wedding day. There’s something disorienting about seeing photos of her when she was around my age but mostly it is comforting. I love this photo.