Superstitious Tools

2014

A series of tools designed to help me complete a number of superstitions that I have learnt from other cultures while researching for this project.

 

By casting my body I have created objects that will only fit my body and be usable by me.

Told to me by Tansy:

In my days as a London waitress I worked in restaurant where I was the only British member of staff amongst 10 other staff, so we had a good mix of cultures.

One of my colleagues was from Czechoslovakia and her name was Zuzka.

 

After a busy shift, I was cleaning the crumbs from the tables and, not wanting to make a mess on the floor, I swept the crumbs into the palm of my hand.

“NO!” exclaimed Zuzka, “You mustn’t do that!”

“What?! What was I doing?” I asked rather puzzled.

“You must not sweep crumbs into hands or you will be poor forever!” She said.

“Eh?” I was confused. 

Then she explained, “think about it, you are giving yourself 

nothing but crumbs...”

In a funny kind of way this made sense. “But what shall I do with the crumbs?” I said.

Told to me by Michael

Bloomstein:

‘If you’re talking about death and you sneeze you must pull your left ear. I don’t know why you pull your left ear. It was something my mother said, and my grandparents too. It may have been a Jewish folk law, or an eastern European folk law, I don’t know.’

Told to me by Sakurako:

‘Hide your tummy button while it’ll thunder! If you do not, Japanese monster Oni will take your tummy button.’ This means ‘Take care of your body whom will not be cold, because the temperature will go down at the same time thundering.’

Told to me by Western Culture:

... This is a superstition that I have been aware of for as long as I can remember. Sometimes I perform the movement, in times of great worry and longing. But very rarely.

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