It's a Material World

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
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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.

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