Jess Hutch.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Jeff and I visited his family in the Central Valley this past weekend, and we took advantage of the (relatively) non-urban setting to do some thrift shopping. Of course, no vintage clothes to speak of, but the knick knack shelves offered a few treasures. I squealed when I found not one but TWO vintage Disneyland metal trays, pictured here. I love Disneyland, and I love vintage Disneyland souvenirs.

Some people thrift shop to get bargains on new-ish, brand name items (my Grandpa's wife LOVES getting the deals), some shop at thrift stores to get super classy vintage items that the previous owner no longer needs (or appreciates the beauty of!). I fall into the latter category, but really, my favorite items are the Great American Gee-Gaws, those somewhat unspectacular items that clearly held an important place in someone's life, at least for a while. For my own personal reasons, I love the stuff from the 30s-early 70s, but I've been known to fall for such items as a mini brandy snifter from someone's prom in 1982. Important memories seem to often be represented by smallish, displayable items, at least in the US, and I love finding little things that are sweet and attractive (or interesting) on their own, but when the possible personal implications are considered, take on far more meaning.

I guess what I'm saying is if I created a museum, let's call it the Hutchisonian for kicks, it wouldn't have the Hope Diamond or Lincoln's top hat... it'd have Kristy's mini brandy snifter from her totally awesome prom in 1982 ("friends forever!"), or Doris' souvenir from her trip to Carlsbad Caverns in 1963, or the wooden box that Steve made for his Mom in woodshop in 1974. Even if I don't know the stories behind the items, I can imagine, right?

In other news... the lovely and talented Lisa Congdon interviewed me for her column at Sweet! Isn't whip up great?

Also, Make magazine (organizers of the Maker Faire) has recently unveiled a new project - Craft magazine! I can't wait to see it (the first issue is coming out this fall). I was interviewed for a piece on toy-making for the new mag, and they decided to put my robots on the cover! This is very exciting.


At 3:45 AM , wendy said...

we had a whole series of the trays on the left growing up. i can't remember if they were all disney related, or if they were about different states. alas, they are long gone either way.

At 4:35 AM , Kuka said...

I love those disney trays - so cute!
And congratulations on the cover for the new mag - woooooh =)
I have just finished knitting my version of your Kate - his name is Scotty and he is a green tea drinking football player wanna be!
You can catch him and his friend Bunny at my blog =)
Thanks for the amazing pattern!

At 5:44 AM , Sorka said...

Man.. funny you should bring up souveniers from Carlsbad.. cause of all the things in your book.. I want that cup!!!!heheh It would go soo well with my collection of souveneir cave plates!!! heheh I noticed it right off!
(the home of Catty Two Boots.. Kate's alter ego..)

At 7:24 AM , sarah said...

Jess - I love those Disneyland plates! The black one is especially vintage-y looking. I've found some great vintage Disney maps on eBay before, too.

I saw your interview on whipup a couple of days ago; congrats!

The cover of Craft looks awesome! Your robots are my favorite. Any thoughts on when you might rerelease your pattern book, or make another? My nephew would eat up those bots. : )

For you intarsia freaks, come check out my Stitch messenger bag I just posted!

At 10:52 AM , Tracy said...

fantastic thrift finds!! good going!

At 7:52 PM , rose said...

I love those metal trays, Disneyland or not! We had a bunch of embossed ones when I was a kid. Congrats on the cover of Craft!

At 8:08 AM , Rocketbride said...

will the pattern be in the magazine?

At 11:08 AM , tania said...

oh i'm with you on that too.
that prom snifter sounds so funny! i love all that stuff!
I wonder if i can go read the interview on whip up before my boss comes back...

At 9:35 PM , vegasandvenice said...

Your interview with Lisa was wonderful delightful and inspirational (like the interviewee and the interviewer *smile*) And thrift finds look like a lots of fun!!

At 7:46 PM , my house is cuter than yours said...

I would visit your museum! maybe in lieu of admission folks could donate items and stories to the collection!

At 9:53 AM , Chrissa said...

The Craft debut issue cover? How deeply number one! ;)

At 2:14 PM , rachael said...

I cant wait for craftmag to come out, though it will induce feelings of guilt, as i will likely *never* get around to making what i want to make from it. gah. good interview, too! art school? you dont need that.

At 4:25 PM , Sam said...

I love Disneyland so much! I am unbelievably jealous!!


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