On Aide-Mémoires: Shopping Lists – An Exhibition
Lists – for bread and beer, red and green apples, dark soy sauce and cajun spice.
Word associations with ‘Martha is crackers‘ and ‘Mummy is nuts‘.
A child’s script. A spidery hand. (Mis-)spellings.
On paper shaped as a dress or jotted with music.
On the back of an energy bill.
Shopping lists on show at the Museum of Brands.
Collected/curated by Lucy Ireland Gray.
Insights, handwriting, trends, old favourites (Weetabix).
Unguarded. Intimate. Personal.
Celebrations, parties and shopping for one.
The neat hand of a person with time.
The dashed shortcuts of one without.
Tomatoes vs. toms.
Potatoes vs. pots.
Cat treats & codeword.
Lockdown and its dearth of lists (hygiene) –
I remember pichards.
I remember cress.
I remember ‘cauli‘ every Tuesday shop.
I remember lists on last year’s Christmas cards, and the glitter that stuck to my washed-raw hands.
‘Biscuits for Alan’.
‘Wine for Alan’.
Does Alan want cheese?