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RECLAIMING THE SOUVENIR

Whether it's a photograph, a postcard, a map, or a tabletop plastic replica, when we return home with our collection, did we actually experience the place we visited, or only stop there long enough to hoard some mementos? A semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain, in 2007 provoked investigation into notions of travel and tourism as I explored Western Europe. The resulting work approaches conflicts of home and away, craft and mass production, and individualism and collectivism. Returning a year later to live outside Barcelona, the newer work expresses the dissonance that comes with living in a foreign country.


Modern Woman ring by Jessica ToddModern Woman, T-shirt transfers on cotton, turf, sterling silver, copper, 2½" x 3" x ¾", 2008


Tourist's Triptych box by Jessica Todd


Tourist's Triptych box by Jessica ToddTourist's Triptych, copper, resin, paint, 3" x 2" x ¾", 2010


Pinned brooch by Jessica ToddPinned, resin, map pins, map of Spain, velvet, cork, wood, brass, copper 3½" x 3½" x ½", 2010


Tourist Go Home textile by Jessica ToddTourist Go Home, surface design on cotton, 24" x 36", 2010


Valencia in Fiber textile by Jessica ToddValencia in Fiber, cotton, buttons, 12" x 12" each, 2008


Hallways by Jessica ToddHallways, cotton, ribbon, buttons, embroidery hoops, 8" x 8" each, 2008


If Found Return to USA by Jessica Todd


If Found Return to USA by Jessica Todd


If Found Return to USA by Jessica Todd


If Found Return to USA by Jessica Todd


If Found Return to USA by Jessica Todd


If Found Return to USA by Jessica Todd


If Found Return to USA by Jessica Todd


If Found Return to USA by Jessica ToddIf Found. Return To. U.S.A., sterling silver rings, postcards, digital prints, 2007

Traces Gulf Reliquaries brooches by Jessica ToddTraces


A Lineage book by Jessica ToddA Lineage


Perilous Home performed Jessica ToddPerformed Houses


Suburban Growth Series Jessica ToddSuburban Growth Series


Family Trees Attachment to Place brooch by Jessica ToddFamily Trees


Reclaiming the Souvenir Modern Woman ring by Jessica ToddReclaiming the Souvenir


Little Boxes Lipscomb locket by Jessica ToddLittle Boxes


Cul-de-Sac sculpture Jessica ToddInvestigations of Suburbia


Embroidery and Etching Modernisme brooch by Jessica ToddEmbroidery & Etching