The Things He Carried is an examination of the items my father, John Willard Garbrecht, had on his person as he suffered a fatal heart attack in September of 2013. These items, his watch, his wallet and the contents within were what my mom and I received in a clasp envelope after his death. Opening that envelope and studying the items within made me think about what we carry with us on an everyday basis, as well as the meaning and symbolism these items carry.
Using photography and screen printing as a way to examine these items, I view this project as a way for me to collaborate with the father I no longer have. I used this time to think about him, and the fractured relationship we will never get an opportunity to repair. Holding this book in my hands and examining its contents are a form of emotional currency that helps heal, and keeps memories intact.
5.75” x 4.25” Closed
5.75” x 8.5” Open
7.5” x 5” Clasp Envelope
8 Pages (Includes front and back cover)
Includes 6 screen printed images consisting of 7 colors.
Envelope has screen printed text on the front and back.
Font Used: Type Wrong typewriter font.
Stitched binding (similar to stapled binding)
Edition Size: 50 Books