What context can a spoon hold?

When we give story to ordinary objects, we increase their perceived value.

For my thesis I’m looking a the parts of ourselves that we exchange when we share food and food stories. So for this exercise, playing with the narratives of objects, I wanted to work with something in the same vein. But instead of what we put emotionally and narratively into our food, what can a utinsil potentially say about the eater of that food?

So the ubiquitous and multipurpose spoon –

They are the thing always missing from the ITP kitchen, there’s always a handful of them in my dish drainer, they’re littered on coffee tables/bars/counters,  there are thrift store bins full of them. They’ve seen countless mouths, cups, and bowls, are ardguably one of the most useful things in any kitchen yet can cost change. What can a single spoon in a single day capture about a person?

Significant Objects.


Boyfriend’s mom – 2nd Apartment

  • 2 spoonfuls of stevia
  • 3 spoonfuls of protein powder
  • 2 spoonfuls of stevia
  • 1 spoonful liquid aminos
  • 1 spoonful sesame seeds
  • 5 spoonfuls Pillsbury cookie dough

Walmart – College Dorm

  • 1 Lite Yogurt
  • 1 Caesar salad (somehow)
  • 1/2 pint Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream

Work Kitchen – Accidentally Stolen

  • 2.5 oz of Gerber Sweet Potatoes
  • 6 spoonfuls quick cook oats
  • Not sure what was floating in that water…
  • 2 spoonfuls olive oil
  • 1 spoonful minced garlic

Aunt Carol’s Basement – 1st Apartment

  • 2 spoonfuls of looseleaf turmeric ginger tea
  • 1 spoonful of honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 spoonfuls of looseleaf turmeric ginger tea
  • 2 spoonfuls of honey
  • 1 bowl lemon chicken soup
  • 1 spoonful of honey

That thrift store on Jefferson – College Apartment

  • 2 spoonfuls of instant coffee
  • 1 spoonful of sugar
  • 1 spoonful of roommate’s weird curry
  • The usual post 2am chocolate pudding

Ikea – Old roommate took the spoons

  • 1 bowl of ginger cashew granola with almond milk
  • 8 spoonfuls of coffee grounds
  • 2 repotted plants worth of dirt
  • 1 spoonful of ice cream