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Found By Laura offers up her latest unique finds at the Japanese book and stationery store, Books Kinokuniya, located on the second floor of Galleries Victoria, on George St.
Laura is a collector of handwritten notes. Unapologetically dumped by their creators, forgotten about and left to the elements, to drift in the winds, scattered amongst rubbish - until they miraculously ended up in her path. Picked up, framed, exhibited and shared with the world.
The notes are intriguing because behind every one, lies a story. The life of a stranger we know little about, apart from a brief note, written haphazardly, perhaps in anger, love or hunger. Yet there's also a connection we feel because the stories are all relatable.
A detailed description of each note's location is included, which builds an image of particular areas where notes have been found and those that live there.
Laura has amassed hundreds of notes over the years. Image supplied.
Each find is framed, in a painstaking process that involves Laura digging through secondhand shops to find a matching frame for each note!
The new exhibition is categorised, including:
>Secret and intimate thoughts
>An 'adults only' section
>Notes found by fans around the world (including a beautiful love note, found by me, in a secondhand copy of Shakespeare's The Tempest, with an incredible serendipitous backstory).
Since visiting the first Found By Laura Exhibition in 2017, I've stumbled upon several notes, including an Indian recipe and shopping list, at an art exhibition in Melbourne. Another featured a packing list and appointment times, found at the end of my street.
it's easy to see how it could become an obsession. Not just from the excitement and intrigue of finding a note, but the curiosity about who wrote it and what purpose it served to them. Now whenever I drive along the motorway, all I see is potential notes, discarded by the side of the road.
Merchandise for sale at the exhibit includes cards. Image supplied.
Until you find your own note, there is limited edition merchandise for sale (which directly supports the artist) including cards, tote bags, and a book, which is a collection of notes found over many years.
What began with a shopping list, Found By Laura on the ground of her local supermarket, 13 years ago, has now become suitcases full of stories by strangers.
This latest Found By Laura exhibition, includes her most recent finds. It's free and runs from: Thursday 9th August until Monday 20th August 2018 at: