Wednesday, May 6, 2009

collections: with en route

i just love seeing what folks are collecting. i guess i kind of feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their home. today, i'm delighted to present the next in the rikrak studio's collections series: 11 & a 1/2 quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they're collecting, (apart from their art supplies! ) hope you'll just love: vintage crate labels: with the lovely Elizabeth of en route.

who (are you?) :Elizabeth (of En Route)

what (are you collecting?) : Vintage crate labels from the 1920s ~ 40s.

when (did you start?) : 6 months ago.

how (many do you have?) : 4 so far.

where (do you find them?) : At antique shops in tiny, rural CA towns.

where (do you keep them?) : They are propped up around my bedroom for now, to be hung up on the walls once I find some vintage frames to go with them.

what (‘s an interesting story behind one?) : The very first label I bought was the one for McCurdy Pears; I felt there was just something special about it. Afterwards a knowledgeable friend told me that it's very unusual to find a label depicting a night scene.

(piece would you like to add?) : I collect crate labels featuring CA fruit producers, and the next label I want is one for Paradise Apples (Paradise, CA is where generations of my family have lived).

why (do you love them?) : They are incredibly beautiful, detailed, nostalgic, and cheerful works of art that appeal to the graphic designer in me.

which (label is your favourite?) & why? : My favorite is the odd one out -- a chocolate label embossed with gold details. The scene is like something from an art deco dream world and I could stare at it for hours.

what (else do you collect?) : Demeter fragrances, tenugui, Japanese notebooks.


thanks so much, Elizabeth!
what a lovely collection!
be sure to visit en route's lovely lovely handmade jewelry shop, where each piece is a one-of-a-kind delight. i just love the idea for the shop, where every design is inspired by a global destination! what a wonderful little getaway a visit to en route is!
thanks again! have a collection you might like to share with us? please let me know here!


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  1. Another great's extremely interesting to see what others collect...
    Have a lovely day.

  2. Those vintage crate labels are beautiful!

  3. Very nice collection! It's nice to see that someone is collecting this kind of stuff.

  4. Those are beautiful I don't think I've ever seen crate labels before. Aren't they nice!!!!

  5. I love this series and reading about other people's collections. I'm off to read more interviews right now!

  6. My MIL would love those labels! She collects some very old tins that remind me of the labels.


thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!