collecting data

for the love of words and pictures and true stories

Adding to personal effects, memories, and anecdotes, my search for familial memorabilia includes excavating facts and artifacts from deep within the archival crevices of collecting data.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, I've discovered, so might a thousand photos reveal a true story.



As a social researcher, accessing relevant archives is a fascinating journey of discovery. Digging deeper, connecting the dots; one thing leading to another. Following are the public resources I have accessed to extend and enrich my familial artifacts:


Artifacts reveal interesting details and create astonishing stories: the street someone lived on, the year the railway came to town; religions, affiliations, occupations. Below is a roundup of the types of public and personal artifacts I have so far recovered and/or uncovered:

Adding to my familial artifacts is a rich vein of effects found and brought into the light:


"How fiercely they competed against each other and, at the finish line, how joyfully they were the closest of brothers." (Richard Horner, schoolmate)

Fractal art digitally created, collaged, and coloured; applied to kimono styles for digital dye-printing on silk satins and broadcloths.(Sheila Martineau Designs Ltd.)


I plan to create several visual, biographic booklets during the years ahead. My first offering, The Boys (2021), draws on memories of my deceased brothers and on the words, pictures, and true stories collected from their friends, teachers, and coaches, as well as from media clippings and photographs, school books and records. View flipbook


Personal essays and backstories will emerge from my recovered memorabilia. Most will illuminate my parents' histories, and will include data researched and anecdotes collected about my grandparents and great-grandparents. And some will illuminate a few of my own experiences in decades past.