29 August 2006

Finding the Art in Everyday Life

#2 in an occasional series ...

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I am usually a conscientious shopper.

I buy unpackaged goods, I buy organic where possible, I buy local. But this week at the supermarket I couldn't go past these tinned tomatoes from Italy with their funky retro package design. And despite being shipped across the world (all those fossil fuels, I know I know), they were cheaper than the ones from Shepparton, four hours up the highway. They also look far more interesting in my pantry. And I'm shallow like that sometimes.

(Previous Finding the Art in Everyday Life post here. If anybody else wants to do an art in everday life post, feel free, and leave a link in the comments.)


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16 comments:

--erica said...

i love them! I just used tomatoes tonight from a pretty can. I think they tasted better!

shellyC said...

I have loads of those too....would love to have the cans filled with holes and tea lights and hanging around my garden!!!

String Bean said...

I would love to do Art in Everyday Life pictures, but I currently am without a camera.

Any sign of my package yet? I hope it hasn't gotten lost in the mail...or worse yet, confiscated by a fiber loving quarantine official.

Lazy cow said...

My mum has been buying this brand for years (as apparently they are the juiciest and most flavoursome brand), but they mysteriously went off the market (or I couldn't find them) only to recently reappear. You know, I never really noticed the label just the name. Obviously I'm print focussed not design/picture focussed.

BabelBabe said...

You can use the cans to store paintbrushes or kitchen utensils or whatever in. Martha Stewart says so; sharp edges can apparently be filed away...

They're gorgeous. I LOVE cobalt blue anything.But I also dig the happy little peasant women on them.

Shannon said...

I buy these tomatoes aswell, just for the beautiful packaging. Sad I know.

jojo* said...

I'm all about packaging, too. The other day I bought a "noh" brand seasoning packet because it said "say yes to noh." Just thought it was a funny thing. Did I need it? Noh!

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

I buy these all the time but mostly, I confess, because they come down as low as 59cents a can and yes, they do taste better than the Australian ones (too many green and brown bits in our tinned toms - I have tried and tried to find a good local brand!!)

I will look on them with a greater appreciation of the art in everyday life, thanks to you.

MsCellania said...

I have 2 Art in Everyday Life shots -- and no camera cable! Grrrrr - I swear I will buy another cable and hide it. It will be my Clandestine Cable. I still love your dyed flannels shot. Thanks also for the 'they will eventually eat your cooking' reply. I never understood before I had children why parents despised cooking. I sure do now! 'How can I cook boring food AGAIN tonight so the children will eat?'

Elizabeth said...

My father-in-law lives in the fertile Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and is surrounded by fresh produce growing around him. Yet when he goes to the supermarket, all the fruit and veg is from California.
I'm a sucker for good packaging. I'm sure I have something around here to photograph.

Violet & Rose said...

Did you watch "Collectors" last Friday night? I LOVE that show!
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/collectors/txt/s1723964.htm

Apron Thrift Girl said...

I'm terrible with wanting to buy something in a pretty package. I love the Simply Organic tomato sauce better than any brand not because of the flavor but by the old fashioned jar. I think these tins are really cool.

Joke said...

Don't feel bad, tomatoes migrate.

-J.

Helen said...

Annalisa crushed tomatoes and borlotti beans are a major staple in our house!

Gina said...

Yummy art!

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

reconizing art in everyday, the museum at our fingertips, the best view is in front of us! I would love to be part of this group!!