This wallet is covered in Harris tweed and features the Harris tweed mark of authenticity on the front. Inside it is made of black faux leather and has slots for all my cards and two sections at the back for cash and other things. It doesn't have any kind of fastening.
Where and how is it used?
I use it whenever I go out as it carries my debit and credit cards, student ID, membership cards and discount cards, plus any cash. When I'm out it is in my trouser pocket. When I'm at home it's on the shelf in my hallway.
What did you or someone else pay for it?
It was gift so I don't know, but I just Googled it and similar ones are selling for around £15.99.
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
Because it connotes authenticity with its trademark so prominent, but in actuality, that only applies to the origin of the cloth. I have no idea where the other components were made or where it was assembled.
How was it made?
Is made in a factory
Is produced by local cottage industry
Is made to particular specifications
Is craft / hand-made
Is a service
Materials & Making
Who made or produced your commodity?
Don't know, other than the cloth must have been woven in the Outer Hebrides, as per the badge of authenticity.
Who was paid to make it?
What skills does it take to make it?
Where was it made?
Cloth in the Outer Hebrides; don't know about the rest
What does it cost to make it?
Don't know. I imagine little as it's probably made from scraps of materials unusable elsewhere.
What is it made from?
1. Cover material:
Dark grey Harris tweed cloth with flecks of lighter grey. Could be undyed wool from native breed sheep.
Fake leather, black. Has a slight leather-effect 'grain' to it. Could be made from PVC or similar artificial material.
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
Who or what assesses its quality?
Weaver, factory workers
Where is it sold?
Online and presumably in gift shops in the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland as part of the tourist industry
Who or what sells it?
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
It was a gift
Where is it used?
Wherever I am
Where is it kept?
In my pocket or at home in my hallway
How and by whom is it cared for?
It takes no care
How long will it last?
Perhaps five years maximum before it wears out due to friction of being in my pocket
Where will it go when it's finished with?
Probably landfill as it's made of composite materials and not clearly recyclable
What is it worth?
I would be happy to replace it at £15 maximum
How do you and others value this commodity?
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|Controversy||29.5 (0 = most controversial)|
What do these numbers mean?
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Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?
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(Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)
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Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
(Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued
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Questions and answers
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