Since I featured my old mate Pete Bragg with his collection of Tax Discs in Elsie 1 - other friends have ventured forth with their own secret collections. Linda Pugh is one of them - she has a collection of...bookmarks. She has over 200, most dating back to when she started collecting in the late 1970s.
Like many collectors, Linda's fell into collecting by accident, then family and friends found out and started bringing back bookmarks for her whenever they went away.
Do you have an interesting (and legal!) collection? If so, get in touch - you could feature on Elsie's Blog or in the next issue.
One of the features of Elsie Magazine is the random visit I made earlier this year to Miechow in Poland. However, that wasn't my first random trip. Three or four years ago, I made the same random choice of place to visit and ended up in a town called Belzig in the old East Germany. On the outskirts of the town was a commune called ZEGG. I spent a couple of days with the people there. Here are a few of them. I asked them to write a few words about what attracted them to to ZEGG and why they chose the lifestyle they live.
I'm really pleased that Elsie seems to have been well received out there in Creative land. Here are a few of the comments that people are saying about her...
"packed full of diverse content...Jones’ knack for creating an absorbing narrative is what holds it all together, and with personal touches like the decoupaged details on the cover and vintage postcard nestled randomly within, Elsie’s certainly a charming creation. We’re looking forward to issue two already"
"it's an incredible package...each one is genuinely special"
I've found myself being drawn into little shops. I'm intrigued by the fact that some of them can keep going, despite the fact that they're operating quite often in very niche markets. Anyway, here are a few of the people I've snapped.
A few years ago I was driving down the A34 from Stone to Stoke-on-Trent when I saw a family of travellers coming in the opposite direction in a horse drawn caravan. I turned the car round and caught up with them as they found a village green to stop for the night. I took some photos and met up with them two or three times after that as they travelled around North Staffordshire.