Gianofer Fields

Material Culturalist

Gianofer Fields is a freelance producer and reporter for NPR, BBC and Madison's WORT Community Radio. She says, “Once you seriously consider the objects you use to fill your emotional and functional needs, you will never see those things the same way ever again. From delightfully intriguing to dangerously obsessive, objects affect our daily lives. They creep into our subconscious. They say volumes about who we are or wish to be, without uttering a single word.”

Michel Bayne

History is full of stories in which people are repressed – kept from expressing themselves freely.

Joost Nelissen/Flickr

We don’t often give a lot of thought to our clothes or where they come from.

Aaron's Hammer

May 3, 2012
Gianofer Fields

Technological advances have meant the tools of many trades are transient - evolving from year to year.

A Mighty Welder

Apr 19, 2012
William Howard/Pinterest

What does it take to spot the hidden life in an object many of us would view as junk?

Sauk County Historical Society

Our It’s a Material World feature spotlights a singular effigy mound in Wisconsin.

Cathy Lybarger/Etsy

For ages, people have pondered what exactly constitutes art.

Wikimedia Commons

Contributor Gianofer Fields brings us the story of how material culture meets sense of place.

Gianofer Fields

Our new contributor studies Material Culture, or what the objects in our lives say about us.

Maypole Madness

Apr 30, 2011
Mike Goren

This weekend marks the end of April and the beginning of May.

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