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Week 1 // “What Is Left?”


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The first image for my year-long project of weekly self portraits, which I introduced in this post. As I journaled about this image… this was what I wrote:

At the days end, when I retreat into a very private world with my grief, I am left with two things. When I remove my armor, lay down my shield, and slide the strength off my back… it is my ring and guardian angel necklace that remain. Where the strong hands of a man once touched, with a warmth of love, now only my own exist. Where the succulence of soulful embraces were once relished, now only these two tiny relics remain. Although they are but minimalist reminders of such an expansive thing, they continue to give me strength. I face this question each day – sitting down with it, listening to it, walking with it, making art from it, knowing it, asking it to myself again and again… “What is left?”

August: Eggmergency Survival Kit!

Well, a few days late on this one – but I’m very excited to finally reveal to you the world’s first Eggmergency Survival Kit! Many of you have been following along and are familiar with this one. For those who are getting a first look, the theme for this project was “Survival” and the project medium was Ukrainian Easter Eggs. My boyfriend was actually the one who came up with the idea for the survival kit – so props to him! When he first mentioned the idea, it instantly sounded fun, silly, and utterly ridiculous… three very great criteria for a creative project, don’t you think?

It’s been a long process getting all nine eggs completed.. I finished the last of them around 2am last night. I got the egg container spray painted red yesterday as well, so thankfully today was mostly taking final photos and getting the label designed and printed out. I’m sure a few of you know from my posts along the way, that the August project and I had a very love-hate relationship. There were definitely moments of tension between us. The results have made the struggle worth it though. It’s only purpose is really to delight, it’s completely fictitious and it’s very silly – and I love it for that.

The kit includes a sampling of 9 eggs – each with unique designs and symbols to represent the survival tool inside. The style of the designs is inspired partly by traditional Ukrainian easter eggs – which use ornate patterns and specific symbols to tell stories. In a wonderfully whimsical other world, you’d simply break open these little beauties to reveal the tools stored safely inside.

A little fun fact regarding survival and this project: The rope egg (also somewhat resembling a pretzel) was quite the trooper.. when taking it into the kitchen to do the first coat of dye, it slipped off the counter and fell to the floor.. yup, totally cracked. In my moment of frustration, I’m actually quite surprised I didn’t cry profusely – as this is my normal method for dealing with tiny disasters. On any account, I put it aside to finish a few more and came back to it the next day. Though it was heavily cracked and looking somewhat dejected – I decided to give it one more chance. To my surprise, it actually survived the entire dyeing process in-tact and became a beautifully green-striped little member of the group. You can actually see the crack in the close-up shot below if you look close. Very proud of this sturdy little egg – way to go!

Below are the close-up shots of each egg, so you can see them in all their egg-cellent glory (I apologize, but there had to be at least one of those in this post!). In order, here are the fellas: Compass egg, water ration egg, flashlight egg, food ration egg, rope egg, bandage egg, knife egg, fire starter egg, flare egg.

I think my favorite one ended up being the food ration egg – I just love the diamond patterned greens on it. Although the flare egg came out pretty snazzy too. Which is your favorite?? Drop me a comment – I’d love to know!

That’s all folks!

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