What’s the first thing that comes to mind when asked ‘what is your most treasured possession’?
Maybe it’s your iphone, camera or xbox 360. Maybe it’s a family heirloom, a dusty box of photos or a gift from that special someone. Or maybe, like me, it’s something of no particular materialist or historical value. My most treasured possession just is.
During the spring months of 2010, elated and relieved by the steady coming of graduation, I had an idea. I’d always been a keen traveller with an eye for culture but my calling as a geography student has not yet been realised. My passion was dormant, sleeping, and I owe it to this sudden idea for awakening it. I had decided that I was going to make a scroll – a scroll embroided with flags of the countries I had travelled to (in chronological order, of course).
What fuelled this project so intensly, I am unsure of but it wasn’t long before I had purchased the fabric, spray painted the poles, tied the string and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the flag patchs.
Although the project was hardly expected to be extensive and demanding, it has captivated my attention for far longer than I ever imagined. With the loving attachment of each intricatley detailed patch comes a sense of achievement and self purpose that I cannot easily express. I look at the scroll, proudly perched on my bedroom wall and think ‘this is me. This is my story’ or rather, this is my story so far (a majority of the scroll was left vacant to document my further, inevitable travels).
And recently my Flag Scroll has gained a friend.
This is my custom Scratch Map, an ingenious way to visually compliment my scroll. It`s one of three designs (the others being of the USA and the UK) made by British company Luckies. I stumbled upon it online and bought it on impuse. This is rare for someone so organized and strict on themselves as myself. Clearly, there is such a thing as love at first sight.
Together, Flag Scroll and Scratch Map intice, excite and reflect my wanderlust. However, they are undoubtably just a map and a scroll. People can hold the simpliest of objects with revered importance and it`s a beautiful thing.