Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Reminiscing and grotty fingers

I'm working on a locker tutorial. Hopefully it'll be ready in a day or two.

The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea that it's a project that could be deeply personalized. Filled with shared memories, photographs, movie posters, miniaturized mementos, it could make a great a sentimental gift.

For my tutorial sample I decided to fill it with things that brought me joy in my teenage years. To be completely honest my teenage years were not my happiest... far from it... like, really, really fecking far from it... but those bright points of joy, the music, and books, and movies, those are worth reminiscing.

Miniature record collection - Nichola Battilana

So I created some miniature album covers from my teenaged-self collection. I'm pretty sure I still have the original vinyl for most of these kicking around in a crate somewhere. Did you have any of these?

Miniature favourite books - Nichola Battilana

I also made some of my favourite books. I was an avid reader all my life (until recently when time seems to slip away and I just can't sit still to crack one open) and these were my favourite teenage reads.

I noticed that Aldous Huxley was trending today. It's his birthday. Suddenly I remembered that he had a hand in my husband and I hooking up. I stopped by his place and he lent me a copy of Brave New World. That was almost 25 years ago! He still doesn't trust me when I borrow his things ;)

Anyway, just a little sentimental post. Excuse my gross fingers (they almost always look like that but the bandaid is a bonus). I'll have the tutorial available soon.

Hope your day is a happy one.


  1. My teenage years were bad years also. But we came through it, scared but we came through it. Blessings, Nichola. Your work and words always lift me up.

  2. Looking forward to the tutorial:)

  3. The Best of Blondie was one of my 1st albums. I am really looking forward to the tutorial. Has me thinking of what I would put in mine.

  4. What a neat idea, to make miniature memories.

    My childhood was up and down, my teenage years far from carefree (my mother passed away when I was fifteen), but art and music, and my books, are what helped me to survive.

  5. I had cassettes of Michael Jackson, Wham, Bon Jovi, Richard Marx.