What makes a memory?
Often my work (as a blogger, writer and curator) explores the history – the collective memory, if you will – of different clothes, accessories and fashion trends. So perhaps it’s no surprise then that when sustainable retailer Uncommon Goods asked me to review products from its website, I chose products that – in my mind – touch on different kinds of memory.
Uncommon Goods offers unique and handcrafted products that are created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people (check out some here). Most of the products that they carry are created in the United States, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled/upcycled materials (a.k.a. materials with histories and memories already tied to them). Uncommon Goods’s wares include metal Forget Me Not rings to ceramic tasting plates, which were my products of choice.
While tying a knot around one's finger has always served as a reminder of an important task or moment in time, Kiel Mead’s Forget Me Knot hand-cast sterling silver ring is a lovely twist on this tradition. The ring is very lightweight and easy to wear, making it not only a great fit for special occasions but also for day-to-day wear. designed the ring to serve as permanent reflection and celebration of memories – like the kind that form when family and friends gather around the table for a good meal.
With the celebration of memories in mind, it seemed especially apropos to wear the ring – which I had already been sporting for a week – when Kevin and I sat down for snacks (+ wine) this past weekend. As we filled our new tasting plate with cheese, crackers and four different dips (each neatly separated in its own slot), we set out to make a lovely new memory of our own. Uncommonly good, indeed.