Organizing collectibles

I’ve not yet figured out how to organize my magazines and newspaper clips in a creative enough way but I wanted to blog about another, similar type topic and show how I organize my music related collectibles. I prefer collecting experiences rather than objects but have still built a small collection during years and have a glass vitrine where I keep my favorite items so they can be a part of my everyday life.

In addition to albums and vinyls I’ve collected some of the colorful items Mika and his sister Yasmin have designed for their design collaborations. I used to store all my collectibles in an upstairs cabinet. I loved the idea of having these objects at home but didn’t know how to mix them with my own color scheme. Going to a concert meant stepping into another, extremely colorful world and was a huge, very strong and powerful experience for me. At home my life had less colors. Also, as an adult it felt weird to put for example tour posters on my walls, I hadn’t done something like that before.

Then things changed. I noticed the botanical illustration in the Montreal symphony poster and the mix of different dark blue colors in the China Tour promotion poster were exactly my taste. I looked at them at home and neither of them looked out of place at all. I had the posters professionally framed and the result looked so gorgeous I immediately wanted to find a place for them. Also, I understood that if people want to disapprove me they have plenty of bigger reasons than posters on my wall and to be honest, I didn’t care at all. My relationship with everything material had become different than it used to be as well. I wanted everything at home to be something I can either use or at least think and that way enjoy all the time and having things hidden in upstairs cabinets didn’t serve this philosophy.

First we built a small library in the middle of our house and organized all our books there and even it looked really colorful I absolutely loved it. I put the framed China tour poster on the opposite wall of the library and the colors fit perfectly. The place in the middle of the house was suitable for the poster also because my husband and I traveled to China together so it’s a special memory we share together and I must say I enjoy seeing the poster there every single day and it makes me remember both the concerts we saw and people we met (the second pic below is from Shanghai).

After noticing how much I enjoy having my books visible I wanted to do the same for my collectibles and bought a glass vitrine and located it in our bedroom. So pleased how pretty and fresh it looks there! The cream color vitrine is metal and glass and it’s inexpensive (from Ikea) but very suitable for the purpose and a practical solution to collect together many extremely colorful items in a way that is not too much or not too distractive. It’s like a small colorful gem in otherwise light room and I think the flowery Montreal poster will look beautiful next to it.

I couldn’t fit everything on only three shelves but chose the most important ones. There’s a signed pic I got in mail after sending some illustrated Moomin books for Mika’s birthday 2008. There’s a copy of Songs For Sorrow EP/book from 2009 and a tour book from 2010 and a signed cover art print for TBWKTM (that one is very special for me). There’s a Mika coke bottle designed 2010, three tofu dolls and naturally all three Swatches (two of each so I can wear one if I want to and have one safely stored at home), Pilot pen boxes, some vinyls and Korean magazine edition albums.

It’s interesting to see all these items from the past ten years at one look. I can see almost similar masks in the Happiness Coke box from 2010, in Kukulakuki and Kukulakuku from 2013 and in Mumu from 2016 (all three Swatch designs) and wish I knew the whole story behind the mask.

I bought an Imaginarium tour poster with a mask in Berlin 2010 after a fantastic, very energetic gig and had a short relaxed and smiling moment watching Mika sign it and that made me think Berlin has good vibes so I was back there 2017 to see Mika receiving his Golden Rose award. And I surely couldn’t see that coming the time I bought the poster but now my mind puts these things together and I can’t help but thinking how unexpectedly yet still quite amazingly things sometimes turn out.

Also, makes me smile to see the signature dedicated to “Mina” written on the Imaginarium tour book after the second show at Bercy in Paris. The result didn’t look correct that time but now it looks it was meant that way because it makes me remember the moment so well (I think Mika either misheard my name or the combination of Nina and Mika was somehow confusing for him). Above the tour book is a Mumu box from Lisbon 2016 and a small heart in the box has my letters as well, written correctly and only a few days before another big concert at Bercy, six years after the previous two. (I noticed the heart only when back home and thought what a super sweet thing to do, I didn’t ask for it and Mika was still overwhelmed after the biggest audience he had ever had.)

So rather than collectibles these items are something that help me to put dots on the timeline and that way see things in time perspective. Of course they also represent someone’s career and give me a possibility to see a piece of the world I usually experience only at gigs also at home. They are colorful and pretty but watching them gives me a warm feeling also because of the memories attached to them.

I couldn’t fit in my CDs or DVDs so I still need a colorful hat box to put on the top of the vitrine. It will look pretty and there will be space for new CDs as well. I’m looking forward to new music as much as everyone else and just wish there wasn’t so much pressure for it. It would be nice to think Mika has space to breath while writing and choosing new songs so the album will tell what he wants it to tell. I’m curious to hear the atmosphere in it.

Every album has special themes and tones. From LICM my mind picks the kind of strong, extreme emotions people often have at younger age, not just joy and energy but darker emotions as well. In TBWKTM I can hear insecurities and vulnerability. Songs like Rain or Toyboy or I See You where the person is too afraid to even talk to someone. TOOL is all about freedom. In the notebook I had with me at the album listening party I wrote “Origin makes me feel I can fly” and I still feel that way when I listen to the song. NPIH is the saddest album I’ve ever heard. I cried a lot when I heard it for the first time. It was the first time I realized how much sadness there is and how well Mika’s voice can transfer it. It’s still my favorite one of these four. The NPIH vinyl, see pics below, looks amazing and is one of my favorite things just to hold in my hands, love it  xxx