About TLS

Tender Loving Stuff projects

This blog is part of a series of social media projects dedicated to philanthropy toward all material things. Tender Loving Stuff (TLS) produces a YouTube video series Haul Out (2010—) about attachments to possessions regarding economic prosperity, transgressive greed, waste and fondness for particular things. The Tender Loving Stuff Facebook page was started in the hope of establishing a charitable foundation to advocate for inanimate objects. A paper titled Haul Out Goodbyes was presented at the 2011 ISEA conference in Istanbul.

The launch of this blog and its first series called Apologies to all my Stuff marks the seventh anniversary of the first Haul Out video which was posted on Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day, 2010.

Haul Out series stills

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Haul Out 2014 special followup

Saying goodbye can be hard, even if you barely know each other. These videos document the ups and downs of hauling out and moving on with life. The first one features well-worn things and poor shopping choices headed for a charity shop. – TLS

Tegan L. Smith

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Biography

Tegan L. Smith has exhibited work across Canada as well as Italy, the USA and Japan and is involved with artist-run organizations and community events. She has a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon and MFA from York University, Toronto. Smith lives in Toronto, where she has a tiny garden, but spent her childhood avoiding gardening to fish and forage in the northern bush.

Statement

My current projects have measurement in common. In a social media series, Tender Loving Stuff, I enumerate possessions in relation to excess consumption, habitual self imaging and power. In Floodgates, I map water levels. For The Pharaoh’s Forearm and The King’s Foot, I focus directly on systems of weights and measures. All three projects arose from a desire to stop accumulating stuff and devise uses for outmoded products. In retrospect, my enchantment with the array of mass-produced things made possible by precision measurement, as well as my stubborn resistance against the challenges dyslexia, contributed to the work.

Other work and CV can be viewed on her website.