I would like to take a moment to answer a few questions that have been asked recently about my challenge.
#1. Gifts from a Stranger wanted to see a size reference for the Week 2 Reliquary. As you can see, the pod is pretty big. Also, the seeds have started to take on a life of their own!
#2. My sister Saca wanted to know who this lady was. The Widow Clicquot was actually a savvy business woman.
#3. My friend Karen wanted to know more about my process for choosing relics.
Well, I've been collecting and saving things forever. I'm sentimental like that. I never really had any plan to actually DO anything with them. They held special meaning for me and that was enough. They are my tangible memories. But since my mom died, I've been even more obsessed? fascinated? enamored? by reliquary objects. I'm even developing a funerary line of jewelry for My Precious Studio. The comfort I get on a daily basis from wearing my own reliquary necklace is something I cherish. Plus, if I can create something meaningful for another person, well, then I've made a difference I can be proud of.
When I choose my relic each week I don't always have a preconceived design in mind. Sometimes I see it and think, "wow, I know what this will become"...but only sometimes. Other times I think I know but then something else entirely crystallizes in my head.
#4. My friend Noah asked me if I was stressing out yet. He'd know, since he's the Skull-a-Day guy!
My answer then was, "not yet". Although I know it's just around the bend! I was talking about it with my friend Tracy recently. I was telling her how it's started to make me think differently. I've jump started my creative process. I know all about working with deadlines but to have this challenge out in the open is something new. Theoretically, all the world will see what I do, or don't do. I'd hate to fail. So I choose a relic and start visualizing the finished reliquary. All while thinking ahead to what my next relic will be. Hopefully it's good stress!