In these photos I'm working with a woman who I've worked with before named Effie Smith. Although the Baby Ruth pillow is actually from Gladys' story, she and I had a fantastic time making these little pillow candy bars. Effie has told me about her salt and pepper shaker collection from long ago, and It's facinating to hear that she had hundreds of salt and pepper shakers, different ones for every little occasion.
The baby Ruth comes from Gladys who, when she was 7 years old, stole her father's Model T, drove it to the local store, and bought herself a Baby Ruth candy bar. These pillows don't just represent the candy bar in the story, they represent Gladys, and her independence at such a young age.
I'm personally very interested in the meaning that we place behind things that we see and experience, especially if it is a shared one. I'm really glad to be working with Kay because of the fact that I can consciously notice that appreciation growing. One Baby Ruth bar may spur completely different memories and time periods than that of the person sitting right next to you. Cool.