A project by Alice Moynihan, track my progress and ramble in this space.

Artefacts of the past


Lunch Box Memories  tells the story of the metal lunch box, from its humble beginnings in the 1860s to its demise in the 1980s. It follows changes in the appearance and design of the lunch box, from the strictly functional tins and pails of our agricultural past, to illustrated metal lunch boxes with dazzling treatments of contemporary media stars, to today’s plastic and vinyl containers. The exhibition also touches upon the 75-year rivalry between two major companies, American Thermos and Aladdin Industries.

Like an old song, a metal lunch box takes us back in time, recalling school days or workdays, favourite foods, a friend. Yet, the boxes can move us beyond personal reminiscence. They comprise a kind of national memory, with illustrations reminding us of important themes in American popular culture. With their vibrant images, these boxes reintroduce us to our challenges, our dreams, our heroes, ourselves. A lunch box was not merely a lunch box, but a statement of who we were.

Lunch Box Memories recalls the times and places, the heroes and heroines, the fads and fantasies of our youth—a time when we began to define our choices, our ideas, and ourselves.

Song memories and really stories are the artefacts of the past I hope in my case.

Book 2

Results gathered anonymously, exploring generation of visual metaphors.

Response Books


I collated together a response book which is just a way for me to quickly generate images in relation to the stories I have collected. Using only pencil and limiting myself to a few minutes per sketch. The idea is to generate responses  visual  metaphors describing some aspect of the text.

A sample of texts I have collected:

U2 With or Without you

It was 1971, I was waiting on a boat someplace in Norway when I heard the song for the first time, It was such a perfect day, everything was right: the weather . the blue sky, the peaceful tidal waves in the fjord matching the melodious waves of music. There are moments in life that you feel thoroughly profoundly happy. This was one of these moments, believe me.

and some of the imagery above.

-Eurythmics: “Sweet Dreams are Made of These” is the song. When I was 5 or 6 I remember listening to this song and staring at this Japanese blue and white pottery with scenes of land and sea exploration. It seemed to match the song at the time. I get itchy feet when I hear the song, as I’d imagined myself exploring the world inside the pottery.




I heard about  a best-selling book called ’ Six-Word Memoirs  described on the website as

'the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words.

In classrooms and boardrooms, churches and synagogues, veteran’s groups and across the dinner table, Six-Word Memoirs have become a powerful tool to catalyse conversation, spark imagination or simply break the ice.

Here on Six Words, we offer a simple platform to share the short, sharp story of your life, as well as provide daily prompts to share your six-word takes on the topics of our times.’

The creator of the project and the magazine ‘smith’ bases his form of journalism on the idea that ‘everybody has a story to tell’  I found it iteresitng because it looks at allowing us to see the obscure, or everyday persons view of the world.

Here is a clip of it summed up 


Survey monkey questions

Music Memories 
(All answers are anonymous, don’t be shy)
If you can only answer a few that is fine :)
1. Have you ever created your own music compilations ? E.g. Tape mix, Cd Mix etc.
2. Describe a mix you made and anything it reminds you of?
E.g. ‘John’ made a mix CD called ‘Afternoon Delight’ for his girlfriend when he was 19 and it was full of songs by Barry White. It reminds him of her crooked teeth.
3. Do you have a song or music that reminds you of a happy time, experience or activity? 
E.g. ‘Fat Freddy’s drop, Wandering eye’ was the anthem to ‘Johns’ summer when he was 17 and he went to a festival. It reminds him of warm beer and hot chicks.
4. Do you have a song or music that takes you back to a sad event or time in your life?
(please describe)
5. Do you have a song that reminds you of being in lurrrve/ getting it on ?

6. Is there a song you really dislike and why?
E.g. ‘John’ hates the song ‘How you remind me’ by Nickelback because they played it constantly on the radio when he worked at Pak’n’save and he finds Chad Kroeger hard to look at.

7. Do you have a song that reminds you distinctly of a person? this could be your mum, grandparent, boyfriend,rebellious high school friend etc.
E.g. ‘Yesterday’ by the Beatles reminds ‘John’ of his mother because she would whistle it while doing the dishes.

Taking the ever-growing story collection and thinking about how I would sort stories.. 

So far I have found:

Regardless of age, the majority of memories  seem to come from YOUTH YEARS ( 15-25 ) the recollection of music and story telling is strongest.

Seems to be experiences can be categorized very broadly as the following:




shared experience e.g roadtrip.

Friend or specific person, e.g Dad

I will use these initial findings to make my Survey monkey questionaire,  which will be anonymous and that is exciting.

Think I am feeling interested in the stories and emotions rather than looking at things like digital vs physical or caring about what kind of media is used.

So I have been forgetting to post because I have been really getting into collection and physical workbook. Ideas flow better and it feels easier/less contrived to make and think. Here are some pictures  of me collecting stories I took which I placed up on my wall and tried to find connections in emotive language vs factual Info within the stories.

I knew the participants and asked personally.. I think the emotional content of the collections is very interesting and instantly I Can imagine how I would illustrate some responses.