I started thinking about this the other day , while I was at the paper workshop and Lucy, the artist who was running the workshop , said that one of her essential items was a simple looking object called a bonefolder and used in all kinds of paper work to create a wonderful crisp edge. Very unassuming to look at , but efficient at the job. And I wondered which item I would choose that was similarly outwardly unimpressive but quite essential. For me it would be the tools I use to do the manipulations of my Polaroids . You can use all kinds of things from tooth picks, to the backs of spoons to paper clips. But my preferred implement is a discarded pen that used to belong to a computer tablet. The latter broke and left the premises long ago but the pen has earned its position as “most useful item”. It does go with out saying of course, that my Polaroid camera is even more essential, but I was looking for some kind of unexpected little object.
Do you have an unexpected or unassuming item that is essential to your work ?