I think it's hilarious that of the 14 people who have responded to my blog poll to date, not one wants love or art for Christmas. It got me thinking about what I want. I suspect 'More, much more' about covers it.I had been thinking of having a monastic Christmas: quiet, solitary, with steamed vegetables instead of rich food as a Christmas dinner. I could do with a week of rest. Then again, maybe I'll be like everyone else and indulge myself with not-so-cheap decadence and material things. Like any good consumer, I've already made a list:Martin Margiela Sci-Fi Sunglasses. From the front, they look like a black horizontal censorship bar used to block out the eyes. I think the concept is cool, and clever - and rather appropriate to some of my work.Mondo Cane. A dvd collection, filmed in the 60s, exploring strange or esoteric customs around the world. Part exploitation, part voyeurism, part inter-cultural observation, I've been a fan of the films since I first came across them in my late teens. If you can't bear the condescending voice-over, watch them with the sound turned down.La Catrina (Day of the Dead) market bag in hot pink. Somehow, I think using these bags might make going to the grocery store – something I hate – a little more fun.A set of throwing knives. Like Angelina Jolie, I'd like to take them with me wherever I go and practice when I'm bored – or mad. I'd use photographs of a couple of art dealers I know as targets. I love the knives' pared-down, sculptural profile.Hand-made Zulu ear plugs. They're non-piercing, and look like large round discs, which are painted in Zulu patterns. They clamp onto the ear lobes – like basic clip earrings. Leather backpack. I've been looking for a strong, practical but beautiful leather backpack for years and at last, this is it. Every 'old-skool' explorer should have one.A fine art photograph by Mary Ellen Mark, of acrobats practising in India, one of her milestone documentary works.A watercolour by Francesco Clemente, preferably from his series, 51 Days On Mount Abu.
So what on your list?