Maria-Thérèse Sommar, fotograf, författare och frilansskribent. Ej körkortsfoto!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

When everything is ruined / När allting blir förstört

When I came to my exhibition this morning everything had been destroyed by humidity overnight. All of my handmade books, the few poetry books I have in stock, and at least five of my framed photographs.
När jag kom till min utställning i morse hade allting förstörts av fukt under natten. Alla mina handgjorda böcker, de få diktböcker jag har i lager och minst fem av mina inramade fotografier.

Basically, all of this. Everything I have in stock, all handmade, paper by paper, cut by cut.
I stort sett allt detta. Allt jag har i lager, allt handgjort, papper för tillskuret papper.

I had to pack up and leave. I'm trying to flatten some of the books but I'm not sure it's going to work. The humidity was so high my receipt pad was wet. Of course I am being overdramatic, saying that everything has been ruined. My hands weren't ruined; I will be able to make new things but it will take a very long time. I don't know if any insurance will help - it certainly won't make new books for me.
Jag fick packa och åka därifrån. Försöker att pressa böckerna men vet inte om det kommer att gå. Luftfuktigheten var så hög att mitt kvittoblock var blött. Naturligtvis är jag överdramatisk som säger att allt är förstört. Mina händer blev inte förstörda; jag kan göra nya saker men det kommer att ta väldigt lång tid. Jag vet inte om någon försäkring kommer att hjälpa till med det här - den kommer hur som helst inte att göra alla nya böcker åt mig.

Blogged about here by visitor and artist Katarina Jahlitz
Detta har bloggats om här av besökaren och konstnären Katarina Jahlitz



Theresa MacNaughton said...

I am so sorry to hear this...I hope that some of the items can be salvaged. Big hugs to you. Theresa

A Beautiful Party said...

oh no! i'm so sorry to hear that. I hope you are able to get things straightened out. good luck.

Diana said...

I'm so very sorry, it's just very sad and such a waste of your beautiful work. I wonder if you could try some "damage limitation" and sell some of these items cheaply? Some people would love to own a piece of your work but may not be able to afford it usually? Even if you do so via this blog. You could just ask people to make a donation or pay the postage. Sorry but it's all I can think of to try to recoup some of your outlay - at least you would have some cash in hand to start again.

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Vintagesmulor said...

Nej, fy fan vad hemskt! Jag skulle ha fått ett sammanbrott utan dess like. Självklart är det som du säger, man kan återskapa, men fan vad ont det gör när ens hårda arbete bara försvinner.

Säg till om jag kan hjälpa till på något vis, många stora kramar.

Katarina Cinnamon said...

Ja det är för jäkligt det som hänt, det är ju timmar av arbete. Han som rår om stället och har hand om det hela, det borde gå på hans försäkring, det ska det göra om det är rätt och riktigt, men han kanske inte ens har en försäkring för detta.
Jag har bloggat om utställningen nyss :-)

Marit said...

Oh that's a disaster... I would cry my eyes out! I'm so sorry to hear this... I hope you manage to flatten at least a few... thinking of you right now and sending good vibrations your way! Best of luck!

Katarina Cinnamon said...

Tack för att du länkat till mig :-)

Andrea said...

I am sooo sorry to see this!
I hope you can find some resolution!
{thanks for the sweet comment about my doodle!}

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dear Maria-Thérèse,
I am so sorry this has happened! It must be very, very humid for the paper to be affected like this.

I hope you have found a way to salvage some part of the day so it will be happy, at least in part, for you!

A hug for you,


Debra said...

My dear friend, as you know, I keep some of the wonderful things that I purchased from you(and that you sent me as little "extras":)) at my beach house. Some have curled a bit from the humidity, but it doesn't make them any less beautiful to me. I think someone else suggested it here, but why not put some of the damaged goods up for sale through your esty shop. You could sell them at a discount and make back a bit of what you lost. At lease you might be able to cover some of your overhead.

I am so sorry that this happened. Very frustrating and disconcerting.

Much love,

Maria-Thérèse ~ said...

Thanks everyone,
I will see if I can salvage some of them first and contact my insurance company. I don't want to sell damaged books but if the damage is very small maybe I can put them on sale. Will have to check the legal aspect first ie should I get insurance, can I still sell them.

Ginny Huber said...

I, too, am so sorry this has happened and I hope the idea of the insurance and perhaps a sale will help cover some of the loss! And, maybe you know a book conservator who knows how to assist with restoring things? If you can sell them, I think you will have buyers. All the best to you with this.

Kathryn said...

oh no, that totally bites! I hope you can salvage everything, or at least most of everything - good luck!!

Joyti said...

O, I am so sorry to hear of this. I hope that you can save some of your work, so at least you can appreciate it. Good luck...

Unknown said...

that's terrible news, all your beautiful work :(
I so hope that you manage to save some, I feel so awful for you

ittybittyandpretty said...

ack, that is a horrible thing to have happen, i wouldnt have even considered that possible... and even the framed pieces?? how unusual.
sending you huge hugs.

LadyFi said...

Oh no,no and no! Who would have thought that it would be so warm in northern Sweden! So very sorry to hear this... Hope you get some money back - and can sell the others at reduced prices.

Laura Bray said...

So sorry to hear about this. What a nightmare. I agree with others about sale. I actually love to write and work on paper that has been wet and then dried again-there's something about the texture that makes me happy.

Victoria Sayer said...

I was in shock, when I read this posting of yours. I'm so sad to learn of the damage to your wonderful creations. Hope things get better, somehow. Maybe use some of the suggestions in the comments above. But, you are indeed do still own one very creative pair of hands, and a marvellous creative mind to go with them. All the very best for the future!!

Eileen said...

This is terrible! I am so sorry to hear this happened to you. I hope you are able to salvage at least a few things.

Artsnark said...

so sorry to hear about this damage to your beautiful work

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