It's a Material World

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.

Gianofer Fields

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.

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.

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