Giving Luck

Back in October, I organised a small event where group of people talked about Luck and shared related stories and luck items. All stories has been recorded and there are many photos from this “Luck Salon”, as I like to call it. I plan to share some of them later here on the blog, when time allows. As a small thank you for their generosity, I have casted a small edition of luck soaps, some of them featuring a significant object that appeared at the salon. Here are some photos of the special edition.

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Today’s catch

Since working on the Luck Project, I use every opportunity to ask people about their everyday superstitions and personal talismans. These mini talks are very interesting. Today I was taking part in a job interview and I was lucky to hear another mini story.

An experienced tour-guide showed me his personal token. He got it from a Texan tourist on a guided tour of a German castle. Although he claims that he does not believe in it, that he just finds it comforting to have it, he did bring it to the interview. Or did he just “forget” it in his pocket??? 😉

Do YOU “forget” objects of personal significance in your pockets sometimes? Do you bring anything (secretly of course) to your job interviews or exams? I am trying to compile a mini “atlas” of  significant objects/talismans/luck-bringers. Some of them are already featured here. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT YOURS!

Philip from Neunschwanstein - Kopie

Our charmed modern life

Do YOU have an amulet, talisman or any kind of object you are emotionally attached to?

My experience so far is, that people are very quick to claim that “they are not superstitious!”. They might be right, however, many of these very same respondents produce (after short consideration) an item with a very strong personal significance. We might or we might not call it amulet but we can certainly think about our reasons for keeping these objects and their meaning.

As part of my art project, I have been collecting photos of personal “amulets”. You can see a small selection of them here but today I have discovered this sweet little film that also explores this theme.

Charmed life in contemporary London – Wellcome Collection.

If you happen to own a similar item of significance, please get in touch. I would be very happy to hear about it.

When was the last time you made a wish?

I bet we all make wishes when we see a shooting star. Or am I wrong? Are you just saying that you are not superstitious???

Well, while working on my Luck (art) Project, I have encountered many people who first claimed not to be and then, after short consideration, produced a surprising luck-bringer or talisman from their bag or wallet. I also observed the most entertaining behaviour around sculptures, that according to legends, bring luck. So I do believe, that most of us has at least an ambivalent relationship with our superstitious thoughts. One of my friends summed it up when she said, that we actually touch the “lucky sculpture” just-in-case, meaning we do not really believe in it but… Just in case we would be unlucky if we didn’t? I find this behaviour fascinating and therefore I am working on an art project inspired by this desire to be lucky and able to make a wish and hope that it might come true.

This is my first post on this blog and the first step to create the “lucky community”. No, I am not esoteric. I am pretty down-to-Earth person but I do make wishes and touch sculptures and believe that it is a rather comforting act that doesn’t hurt anyone. I also believe that if you’d have found a little object – by chance – that is meant to bring luck, it could have made you happy. At least for a couple of minutes and that is already enough to justify my efforts on this project (LOOK for LUCK tab).

To see some of the luck-bringers I collected so far, click on the LUCKY OBJECTS tab, or if you would like to see my Luck Travel Guide, click on the LUCKY PLACES tab.

Would you like to take part in my project? Follow my blog, comment below or send me an e-mail.

What is your little act of superstition?