Call for Submissions

To anyone who has ever taken ownership of an artifact of great personal and/or sentimental meaning. to all of you who have taken objects with you on the journey that is your life. To anyone interested in knowing others and being known. This is a call for participation.
Guidelines for Participation:

1. An artifact is an object that is man made, or has in some way been affected by interactions with man. For this call, we would like to exclude all gifts,

 trophies, and photographs. The artifact should be low in economic value, while high in personal/sentimental meaning.
2. To participate, send a high resolution image of an artifact you have collected to the email address: ma7sain [@] Each participant is able to submit as many images as they would like.
3. In addition to the image, please fill in the following sentences describing your artifact: “This is not __[NOUN]__, this is __[ADJECTIVE/VERB/abstract NOUN]__. Collected on __[approximate DATE]__, in __[LOCATION]__. It is now kept __[LOCATION]__.” Send the completed sentence with your image to the email above.
4. Deadline for submissions is midnight on Wednesday, Oct 10th, 2012

Day 40 – Find 01

I found these Polaroids in the graduate studio at VCUQ. I “borrowed” them for this photograph. I find them incredibly beautiful. They are the test strips from a project all the graduate students were part of term one on my first year.

Beaded Prayer

My school has an amazing habit of setting up all these interesting workshops and lectures through out the year. Though towards the end of the semester I didnt have time to make it to even the lectures I really wanted to hear, on the second day after we flew back from Amsterdam I attended a workshop that I had signed up for weeks earlier. Honestly I was surprised I had the energy, but it was really worth it. The workshop was by the Beaded Prayer Project.

The name of the Project comes from the shared etymology of the words “bead” and “prayer.” In Old English, biddan, from which “bead” is derived, means “to ask” or “to pray.” The concept for creating packets with potent contents was inspired by traditions among different peoples from Africa and the African Diaspora.

In this workshop we were given pieces of fabric, bits of string, and some beads. Each person wrote a prayer on a square of paper, placed it in the fabric, and stitched it up with string and beads. After walking around the gallery a few times I decided I wanted to make something really special, and I wanted to play with the properties of fabric (yup, my materials class was always on my mind). Anyway, I knew I wanted to make something out of an Origami fold, but what? When I wrote my prayer, realized it was mostly about achieving inner peace and happiness, and so I decided it had to be a crane (which is a symbol for happiness in wisdom).

We only had 45 minutes to put our prayers together (did I mention we had to make two? One for ourselves, and one for them? though we could keep both or give both).. had I known how long it took to fold and sew each fold I may not have done it.. thank God for ignorance.. In the end everyone in my group got to hang our prayers on the same wall.. it felt nice having my prayer mix with everyone esles. And the whole process of setting down to sew was very calming.. I really enjoyed it.. hope they come back next year 🙂

“Neither Here Nor There”

The lovely people over at Confashions From Kuwait have posted images from their trip to see the Neither Here Nor There art exhibit that is going on at Dar AlFunoon until May 19th. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to stop by before the show ends, but now I plan to definitely stop by. Amazing photos, Confashions.