Graduation season is upon us and it reminds me of my lamp. It was given the name “bulbous lamp” by my older sister. I saw the lamp in a junk shop located off “the strip,” in the town of Tuscaloosa Alabama where I had just graduated from the University of Alabama. It had been decided upon by me that I was moving to New Orleans after graduation so it was decided by me that I needed to buy more “adult” stuff. My mom was at graduation so a few days after I took her to the junk store and said, “here they are! Aren’t they cool?” She looked at me sideways and said, “maybe you should buy just one and not the set.” So I did. We took it back to the Ives Apartments, where I was living, we cleaned it up and re-wired it. I love that lamp. That lamp has moved with me to New Orleans, Back to Tuscaloosa, to Savannah to Florida and back to Tuscaloosa. Always being tucked in with the seatbelt. I love bulbous lamp. I love the fact that it got a nickname, I love the fact that no matter where I moved the most important feature of the space was, where was I going to put bulbous lamp so everyone who entered my space could admire it. I love that every time I moved someone always asked, where’s bulbous lamp? Have you gotten bulbous lamp? I still have bulbous lamp. It sits on vintage chest of drawers right when you come into my house.
And thus this brings me to graduation gifts. Bulbous lamp was a gift to myself and what made it so special was where I got it, what it represented and why. The place I got it isn’t there any more but the space is. Everytime I go by there I think this is where I bought my favorite lamp. It once belonged to someone else but now it’s mine and it has traveled and seen a lot so now it holds my memories. I encourage you to shop local and of course to shop hand made, to shop vintage. I think there is nothing better than to have a piece of art or jewelry or furniture that you bought or gave someone from a local boutique. It’s a snapshot of what is going on in your life and in theirs. I’ll always remember me and my mom rewiring bulbous lamp, both of us knowing it was going to light many days and nights to where ever I was going to call “home.” Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry are vintage pieces that I have picked up in different cities. I remember where and when I bought them and when people ask, where did you get those? I’m happy to answer. Whether it’s from a vintage shop or handmade item from a gallery, the fact that you bought something local gives it special meaning. I encourage you to shop local this graduation season. Give a gift that will go on many journeys, give the graduate something to remember, and that they may keep to finally put in their home.
Some items from my shop:
The last three photos are items that you can purchase from The Southern Letterpress, located in Downtown Northport.
Roll Tide! 2014
Friday June 7th was our very first Maubilan Art Collective art show called Collektive. We have 11 local artists and we showcased 4 bands. We rented out the Mellow Mushroom Up Bar to show our art and to have the band’s play. Thanks to everyone who came out to our first show!!! We killed it!!! AND we will pass along the word that it took to long to get drinks:) much maubila love!
The band England in 1819 which hails from New Orleans LA stopped in Tuscaloosa on Sunday while on tour. I couldn’t stay to hear them play bc I had to meet my older sister but I was able to stay long enough to hear local band bible study. They will also be playing May First Friday. Check out http://englandin1819.com check out where they will be playing next! I’m so happy they graced us with their talents!