an archive of lost things

In 2002, I gave myself the task of picking up and cataloging one lost thing per day for 100 days. These items were photographed, sealed in plastic bags, and tagged to create a library of lost things.

Since late 2016, I have continued the project by photographing lost items as I find them. I no longer bring them home though. They remain in the wild. The items are now archived via Instagram @anarchiveoflostthings.

You can also see the entire piece (ongoing) at

Shannon Pawliw makes art, but she is also a graphic designer. To see some of her design work visit

For inquiries regarding purchase or rental of any of the works shown, please email

Several pieces are also available through my online store.

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