What’s in a Name?
You will notice my new domain has a slightly different name than the old blog. Infinite Curio is a name I had been keeping in my pocket for a while and was dying to use. Curio for the strange, unusual object, but most importantly for the Curio Cabinet. Other than being a piece of furniture, the Curio Cabinet is, in some way, the museum’s ancestor. Before the first museums were created, scientists, artists, adventurers and other collectors kept their various artifacts and other precious objects in rooms called Curio Cabinet. In one such room, you could find anything from fossils to art to ancient tools.
I really liked that the name Infinite Curio created two images for me. One that depicted the blog as a curious and strange object, and another that underlined the eclectic aspect of the blog, where books, photography, knitting and comics cohabit. Here is a good definition of the curio cabinet that, I think, relates well to the blog, too:
Collectors typically arranged their objects in such a way that would convey their understanding or interpretation of the world. In other words, a person’s display offered a glimpse of their personality. (CurioCabinets.com)