Monday, December 17, 2012

Much Loved.

MuchLoved, a series of photographs by Mark Nixon, showcases children's toys that have been hugged, squeezed, cuddled, and kissed to pieces - literally. Each has a name and a story; for instance, "Brownie," third photo down, is over thirty years old and still shares a bed with his original owner (though he's now "old and wise enough not to care what anybody thinks of him anymore," Nixon notes).


I still remember carrying a baby blanket with me to preschool, a mangled shred of which now hangs in my dad's office, as an art piece. There's something strikingly beautiful about objects that have been loved with so much intensity. 

See more of MuchLoved at Mark Nixon's website, here. A big thank you to Laughing Squid for the introduction.

17 comments:

the southern hostess said...

I love this idea! And I love that your baby blanket is now a piece of art. So precious and sweet!

Cole Bentz said...

I have my own version of one of these that I still sleep with. (And I'm 22.) So comforting in times of doubt, sickness, or after scary nightmares.

Rachel @ Existation said...

So cute! I never had a stuffed animal or blanket like this, but my brother had a puppy that he absolutely mangled; I think it even ended up being in two pieces when all was said and done. That thing was so gross, but he loved it so much, and because of that, I think we all did. This is such a great series!

angela said...

These are touching! I love how loved these are!

Jennifer Young said...

the sweetest...! love that your dad hung it as art!! i had a white and pistachio green baby blanket that i couldn't sleep without...

Henry Chen said...

Wow .. that giraffe has seen better days~ LoL .. my 2yr old son has a lamb which he's had since bith that he bites only the left foot .. and well, as you can imagine, it's pretty disgusting now! LoL

Linda said...

I can feel the love just looking at these! What a beautiful idea.

girlseeksplace said...

I still have my baby blanket, although I don't sleep with it anymore. I do still sleep with a stuffed bear, though.

ever ours said...

still have a doll that was given to me when i was born! she's a total work of art.

Cara Mia said...

i wish i still had my Wolfie. I had a giant stuffed wolf when i was three (giant b/c he was as big as i was, at the time). I love him so much that I chewed a hole in his big rubber nose. He eventually went swimming in the pool (unintentionally) and had to be thrown out. loved that guy... <3
thanks for sharing your stories!

sherry said...

what a lovely idea! couldn't stop checking each one of them. good find!

Shoko said...

I LOVED reading these comments! So many great stories :)

trishie said...

Oh I love this! I wish I kept my toys from when I was a kid. I did keep Frankie's first toy though even though she chewed it to bits.

Shoko said...

Trishie, there should definitely be a series about pet toys, too!

Pink Ronnie said...

We still have Rick's childhood friends 'Monkey' and 'Teddy' from when he was one year old. They definitely look well-loved but I love them all the more for that, and am stoked that our boys get to play with them now!
Ronnie xo

Kerri Lynne said...

Wow, I love this!!! I still have my blankie and a cute little stuffed puppy tucked safely away in my closet. Admittedly, I slept with them both until I got a real puppy three years ago and I was afraid she'd confuse my stuffed animals for her own and chew them to bits :)

Panda Head said...

aww! this totally reminds me of that photography book featuring much-loved dog toys (funnily enough the deterioration is pretty similar to the kids' toys :)

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