Jon Crispin's Notebook

Sunflowers

Posted in Flowers, Insects, Jon Crispin, Nature, Plants, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 23/08/2013

I had to get the oil changed in Cristine’s car early today and as I was driving through Hadley I saw this field of sunflowers.  I stopped on the way home and grabbed a few shots.  Some of the flowers were huge.  Big honkin’ leaves too. /  Peggy Ross came over to work with me on the willardsuitcases.com site (which I am so far behind on) and we got a ton done on the FAQ section.  I hope to be able to finish it up by early September.  /  There is a nice interview on the Port Magazine (UK) site about the suitcases.  Here is the link.  Betty Wood has been following the project from very early on, and she did a great job asking questions and putting it all together.  I was really fun talking to her and am so grateful for her interest and support.

Willard Suitcase #23

Posted in Jon Crispin, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 13/08/2013

Welcome to all of you who came here through the Boing Boing article (slight spelling error on my surname).  I usually know that an article was published somewhere on the web when I start to get lots of new people subscribing to this site.  I took me a few minutes to track down the source, but as always, I am grateful for the exposure.

Not all of the cases contain much in the way of objects, and this one felt quite empty when I set it on the background.

This was the first tartan case I have come across and it surprised me with its brightness.

There was only the tiniest scrap of paper inside, but for some reason it was very evocative.  You can just make it out on the front flap of the case.

I am always excited when a suitcase reveals a date.  And why this charred bit from the Elmira Star-Gazette is all that is left of Viola G.’s time at Willard is anyone’s guess.

I also want to mention an interesting podcast on Port Magazine’s site.  Barney Rowntree is a radio producer based in the UK and a few months ago, Karen Miller and I went into a studio in Boston to have a chat with him about the project.  Here is the link to the piece that he produced (another spelling error on my name, but they are working on it).  It is just under 15 minutes and worth a listen.

Again, a hearty welcome to all you folks who are new to the project.  Thanks for your interest.

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