Thursday, 12 March 2009

Late Entry

This entry arrived today.
A little late for the show.
Might see if I can sneak it in...

Art School Exhibition

It all happened in a bit of a rush as I have been off work ill.(lost my voice)
But I managed to put the Rusty nail collection into the Art School Exhibition, at Manchester School of Art.
Thank you to everyone for your contributions.
I am (eventually) going to make a catalogue of all nails received.

Art School Exhibition

Friday, 23 January 2009


Sharon Blakey e mailed me these photos of her cat, Sparky.
She said she had been wondering where her box of rusty nails had gone, as she has promised me a nail for my collection
Then in came Sparky with a rusty nail attached to his magnetic collar.
Where did he find it?
We will never know..

Joan Beadle (Cuba)

Rusty nail found Havana, Cuba 7/1/09 by Joan Beadle.
"Rusty nail as requested - found eventually!...and after much searching..
Despite the fact that I thought it would only be a matter of whenever I decided to look for one..after all, rusty nails are almost everywhere, aren't they?
Ubiquitous things, both uncountable and ten a' penny.
Not so! -according to the law of "Nothing so hard to find as the thing you are looking for"
Anyway, eventually, like I said, there it was and here it is-
Nail found 7-1-09 - On the ground near the side door of the 'Ministerio de Finazas y Precios' Havana, Cuba."

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Ruth Fledermaus

A great nail arrived today from Huntsville, Alabama, USA.
The story with it says.
"My great-aunt kept jars of old nails, pins, cat claws etc around her house-
A superstition to ward off evil spirits and burglars .
This is from one of those jars."
She insists in the letter that this is true, and when her aunt died the family shared out the jars.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Nick Fleming

"Nails from the frame of a print of Grosvenor Square dated 1789 by engraver R.Pollard."