Collecting in an urban context: Relationships between collections and space in the home

McKenzie, Sally M., McMahon, Bronte, Verlaat, Ivy, Snow, Stephen, & Buys, Laurie (2015) Collecting in an urban context: Relationships between collections and space in the home. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 4(1), pp. 15-27.

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Collecting has become a popular hobby within Western society, with collectables including anything from ‘bottle tops’ to ‘skyscrapers’. As the nature and size of these collections can impact upon the use of space in the home, the purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between the collections, space in the home and the impacts on others. This qualitative study explores the experiences of 11 Australian collectors, investigating the motivations, practices and adaption techniques used within their urban home environment. The themes of sentimentality, sociability and spatial tensions, including physical, personal and use of space are discussed within the context of their home and family environments. Overall the practice of collecting objects is a complex, varied, sentimental and sociable activity, providing enjoyment, knowledge and friendships. Space can be a central consideration to the practice of collecting as collections shape and are shaped by the available space in a household.

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ID Code: 83653
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: collecting; collectors; displaying objects; house design; spatial requirements; urban relationships
DOI: 10.1386/ajpc.4.1.15_1
ISSN: 2045-5852
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Intellect Ltd.
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2015 01:12
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2015 01:49

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