As we focus this month on the collections that enrich our lives, the question inevitably arises of when a random accumulation of like goods crosses the line to become a collection. Is it a number that forms the tipping point, or perhaps the active desire to accumulate more? Is there a strict dividing line, or just a shifting spectrum? When does a collection become a collection?Many of my collections seem to grow organically when I'm not focused on their development. I have a tendency to pick up items just because I like them — especially when I'm traveling — and it is only after I get home that I realize either how well a particular piece fits into my existing collections or how well my new pieces fit together to form a new collection.
For me, collections aren't a product of numbers, they are a really more a state of mind. When I see the connections between items or decide to display a group together, that is when they become a collection. Three tapestries, seven Turkish lamps, sixty shot glasses — each is a collection to me, less because of anything tangible and more just because of how I think and feel about them.
What do you think makes a collection a collection? If you have a collection, did it develop accidentally or is it the result of deliberate acquisitions? Have you ever found yourself wondering how on earth you you ended up with the collections you have?