The Heirloom helps people to form an emotional connection with objects and heirlooms passed down through the generations of their family, encouraging them to consider the life of their possessions beyond their own lifetime.
Nikki’s research into people’s emotional attachments, or lack of, to their possessions led her to ask, “Can you encourage people to make an attachment to objects?” The Heirloom is an exploration of this idea.
The inherited object itself is enshrined in a glass jar, suspended for all to see – stories and memories of the object can be recorded by the owner before being passed on to their chosen recipient. They can listen to these, and in turn record their own memories to be passed down again to the next generation. The lifetime of the object is therefore captured, transforming it from a miscellaneous item into a meaningful artefact and a reminder of family passed.
The object’s owner interacts with the Heirloom like an analogue radio, tuning through recorded memories, which are marked on the dial by each predecessor’s signature.
More information about the process involved in creating The Heirloom can be found at http://www.nikkigeorgeferguson.com