This collection of "abandoned letterhead" was assembled with Maia Asshaq for the Detroit Design Festival. At the time, we wrote, "Unused letterhead — paper that never met its full potential — is a kind of melancholic 'pre-document'. In fact, because it bears out-of-date information it is rendered nearly useless. Its best hope is to be used as scrap paper or to be recycled. At the Center for Abandoned Letterhead we have collected paper from Detroit area businesses and organizations that have moved, changed their identities, or closed."
In The Promise of Happiness (2010), Sara Ahmed understands happiness as the promise of “happy objects,” as well as a form of affect that “sticks,” i.e. “sustains or preserves the connection between ideas, values and objects” that are also social goods (34).