It's a Material World

She Who Is Not to Be Named

 If you don't carve your pumpkins, someone will. 

Gianofer Fields

As a student of material culture, Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields examines the meanings behind objects - what they signify historically and to an individual. But what happens when the meaning of a treasured object is hidden and lost to time?

Courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Knick-knacks, tchochkis, collectibles...whatever you want to call them, there are objects we love to collect.

Chris Murphy

The truth behind the phrase “starving artist” scares a lot of otherwise artistically inclined folks away pursuing an arts career.

Gianofer Fields

It’s a special back-to-school edition of our It’s A Material World series.

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.

Gianofer Fields

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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