"My dream is to walk around the world. A smallish backpack, all essentials neatly in place.

A camera. A notebook. A travelling paint set. A hat. Good shoes. I don't want to trudge up high mountains ot through war-torn lands.

Just a nice stroll through hill and dale. But now I walk everywhere in the city. Any city. You see everything you need for a lifetime."

-Maira Kalman

Exploration Number 3: A Box of Very Small Things


In this Exploration you are using your newly trained eyes to spot tiny things in the world around.

You don't have to understand these these tiny things - they don't have to mean anything to you at all. They are inconsequential.

You pick them up merely because they cause your eyes to linger a little - they seem a little "out of place"...


All you need is a smallish box. As you can see, I have used an egg carton lid divided into sections with cardboard strips.

Of course you could use the bottom of the egg carton - it is divided already, to hold the eggs.

I prefer the lid because the sections I made are a little bigger and more convenient in shape.


Next you need to photograph your collection for your Explorer of the World Book. Make little notes about each item to document your findings...


Ask your friends to sort your items into pairs. You will be amazed at all the different sortings! How differently people see connections between things!

Hmmm... these items which seemed so inconsequential at the beginning seem now to have become quite special...