"This is my small collection of trinkets. They’re little mementos that represent many different things. They’re mostly connected with joy, nothing about them is sad. One of them is a gift from my friend Jelly, made by local artist, Turumeke. For me, this charm represents the creative community here in Wellington that I so appreciate.
One charm is of a little lucky flying pig. The platypus charm was given to me by my housemates when I lived in Australia. When I did a Summer trip to Iceland my boyfriend gave me a little Iceland charm. One is a tiny little lucky cheeky charm of a Cornish Piskie. They’re kind of naughty and mischievous but they’re also meant to be lucky. I got it with my mum, in the South West of England, which is where I come from.
My boyfriend had a bracelet made for me that has more charms on it. They get moved around a lot. Sometimes I lose them, but I’m not worried about it. They come and go. Some clip onto necklaces or my charm bracelet, some sit on my window sill, and I always keep one in my purse. The Cornish Piskie sits by the side of my bed sometimes. I’ve got all sorts of funny trinkets like these charms. I’ve even got a little tiny ceramic albatross that I sometimes take with me."
What does sentimentality mean to you?
"Being sentimental allows me to reflect on experiences and helps remind me of who I am. Sentimentality helps me feel connected, with people, experiences, and who I am. You know when you feel a little bit lost, and you wonder: 'Is this who I am? Is that out of character?' Being sentimental helps remind me of who I am and allows me to reflect on experiences. All of these trinkets represent big life shifts. They remind me that I’ve been able to do it in the past, so I am capable of doing it again." - Geo, Te Whanganui-a-tara/Wellington (Interview: Chloe Mason) Find Geo: @geo_knits_slow