I made him a little hat

‘I made him a little hat’ is a look into the individual and loved home of Ruislip resident June Brown. Through a series of photographs Kara Lines tells the story of a home, its objects and their owner, which questions the value of our possessions and how we make a house into a home.

The photographs are accompanied by June’s own observations as she recollects how she came to own many of the objects which she chooses to surround herself with.

“I like to look at nice things.”

“That black pot there, well I’ve had that for years, it belonged to my mother. I thought the black against the white wall would show up and tone in alright with the clock. Well, I thought so, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.”

“I went out to buy a television and I bought that instead. My husband had gone fishing and when he came back he thought he’d sit his bum down and look at the television. Well, of course, there wasn’t one there, was there?”

“Don’t get the idea that I’m loaded with money ‘cause I bloomin’ well am not. You know, it’s just one of those things, isn’t it? How you choose to spend your money.”

“I hadn’t changed the bathroom, I haven’t had it done for years, it’s a bit old fashioned, people wouldn’t like it, but it suits me. I’ve just kept it plain and jigged it up a bit with bits and pieces.”

“I quite like that little thing there; that little pot’s quite sweet. I’ve had that for years. That pipe could have been done a little bit better, so the paint didn’t crack, but doesn’t matter I suppose.”

“I used to look after a neighbour until she died and there was a clearage and I didn’t want anything but that, I brought that little rubber dolly back. ‘Cause horrible old pipes they are, so at least I covered them over a little bit.”

“Years ago, in Uxbridge, there was a woman; she had this lovely big barrel and she’d put all her ornaments on it, and they were all lemons, well other things as well, but I liked the yellow. You just don’t see lemons anymore.”

“He hangs around and I put a little hat on his head. I’ll tell you what they are, little acorns? You know, what acorns come out of? I found them on the road, I picked them up and so he’s got a little hat on, little monkey.”

“So what’s going to happen to all that stuff in there I just do not know what’s going to happen to it… so I like to think, before anything happens, I like to think it’s gone somewhere that somebody would appreciate it.”

Japanese stab bound book with Anaglypta cover. Contains the full set of images and text with cut-out detailing on translucent pages.