Turnupstuffer

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    ‘I don’t know what you’re thinking of doing,’ said Pippi, ‘but as for me, I’m not one who can take things easy. I happen to be a turnupstuffer, so of course I never have a free moment.’
    ‘What did you say you were?’ asked Annika.
    ‘A turnupstuffer.’
    ‘What’s that?’ asked Tommy.
    ‘Somebody who finds the stuff that turns up if only you look, of course. What else would it be?’ said Pippi…’The whole world is filled with things that are just waiting for someone to come along and find them, and that’s just what a turnupstuffer does.’
    Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, translation by Edna Hurup

Isn’t that just the perfect description of what an artist does – I knew there was a reason that Pippi was one of my childhood heroines.

    ‘What sort of things?’ asked Annika.
    ‘Oh all sorts,’ said Pippi. ‘Gold nuggets and ostrich feathers and dead mice and rubber bands and tiny little grouse and that kind of thing.’

Yesterday, I turned up these images of my dill plant.

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Kirsty Hall: Dill, July 2009

Dill 03
Kirsty Hall: Dill, July 2009

Dill 04
Kirsty Hall: Dill, July 2009

Today I turned up: several hours of art time, some thoughts that turned into art journal pages, my original Puffin copy of Pippi Longstocking, the first hint of ripening on one of my tomatoes and a quite unseemly amount of chocolate. No tiny little grouse though.

What small wonders have you turned up today?

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

10 thoughts on “Turnupstuffer

  1. That image on our hand is breathtaking, oh I love it!

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    Thanks Deb. It was a tricky photo to get actually because I was trying to keep the dill out of the shot. Plus I had to keep my hand still so it wasn’t blurry! It took a couple of shots to get one I was happy with.

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  2. That image on our hand is breathtaking, oh I love it!

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    Kirsty Reply:

    Thanks Deb. It was a tricky photo to get actually because I was trying to keep the dill out of the shot. Plus I had to keep my hand still so it wasn’t blurry! It took a couple of shots to get one I was happy with.

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  3. Love the simplicity and beauty of the photo of your hand! Many paople must have seen shadows like these, but few would have thought them significant enough to take a picture…………Beautiful!

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    Thanks for your kind words, Caroline. I’ve been fascinated by shadows since I was a child, so I think I’m just primed to notice them.

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  4. Love the simplicity and beauty of the photo of your hand! Many paople must have seen shadows like these, but few would have thought them significant enough to take a picture…………Beautiful!

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    Kirsty Reply:

    Thanks for your kind words, Caroline. I’ve been fascinated by shadows since I was a child, so I think I’m just primed to notice them.

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  5. I came across your blog while discussing old Pippi Longstocking stories with a friend online. Just wanted to comment that I liked the blog entry and also your photos of the dill. I esp. like the one with the hand/shadow. Very nice composition.

    Have a great day!

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