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.”

Gianofer Fields

Material culture explores why objects have meaning to us. For our contributor, it's because it does her wash.

Gianofer Fields

Objects play many roles in our lives. Some are functional. Some are ornamental. But, there are things - objects - that touch us on an deeper level.

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What happens to animals are discarded like objects that no longer entertain?

Gavin Ashworth

As a student of Material Culture, contributor Gianofer Fields spends a lot of her time studying objects. However, in this installment of "It’s a Material World," it seems the object has its own agenda, albeit a somewhat ambiguous one.

Gianofer Fields

A couple of weeks ago, our Material Culture contributor Gianofer Fields asked us a unique question: What single tool would you use to help you get through a normal day? Chances are, for most of us, we couldn’t imagine being limited to just one item.

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During the course of a day, most of us use more than one tool to get what we need to get done…done. But what if you had to finish a normal day's work - with just one tool?

Michel Bayne

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

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

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