I haven’t posted one of these for a while, don’t worry I am still as enchanted and interested in collecting as I ever was. In fact, I’ve discovered a wonderful website filled with quirky, unusual and fascinating collections. The creators of Obsessionistas showcase individual collections from the curious to the significant. I am always wondering what makes people collect what they collect, a collection often gives us an insight into the the persons tastes, values and says a lot about who they are.
I wonder then what this collection says about Graham. He collects Deely Boppers – those joke head bands with wobbily antenna (no, I didn’t know they had a name either). A collector of over 100 Deely Boppers Graham says…
The ‘official’ justification for the collection is that Deely Boppers represent one of the most ridiculous products to conceive, design, manufacture, retail, purchase and then finally wear, and so as someone who studies and teaches product design they were perfect for questioning the old doctrine of ‘form follows function’.
Very kitsch you may think but the collection from Bob Cantor is even more, how should I put it, bizarre! I remember being so chuffed when it was back to school time and I got to fill my new pencil case with sparkly new stationary and Bob Cantor has around 200+ novelty pencil sharpeners. His obsession began when looking for a cheap and fun but functional holiday gift and he now paints them in surreal scenes (see below). His colourful pencil sharpener paintings take on their very own bold personalities as they stare back at you in all their realistic glory!