Everyone has special possessions or treasures that they hold onto in hopes of eventually passing them down to others in the family. Nikki George Ferguson explores people’s emotional holds on certain mementos in what she calls The Heirloom. After doing research, it led her to ask, “Can you encourage people to make an attachment to objects?”

In The Heirloom, the sentimental object is put on display in a glass jar for people to appreciate. There is a spot for people to then record their thoughts or memories of the object that can then be passed down for others of later generations to hear. It, in turn, becomes a meaningful piece and a symbol of family members that have passed.