Thursday, November 11, 2010

Present and Accounted for

I had an idea of presents being shared and passed around from person to person, until eventually presents are circling the globe - being documented along the way so that each participant could keep track of just how far their tiny present goes.  Not the most original idea, I know, but one I thought was particularly fitting for me to do.

My recent residency gave me the opportunity to test out this idea, and at first I thought it had been a colossal failure.  People kind enough to come to my reception, were also kind enough to take a present with them as instructed, but weeks and weeks later no photos of presents appeared in my inbox.  But then ...  pictures started coming in!!  Wonderful photos showing where these presents are going and what they are seeing!  I am so excited I can barely stand it!

SO.... I've started an auxiliary blog that I hope will continue to grow with new photos!  The blog is called Present And Accounted For, I hope you will follow along!  The first post is on the new blog now and tells the inspiration behind this idea.  The next post will show how the project developed and the photos of the presents and the participants will be posted as they come in!

Also, I have a couple of extra presents if anyone is interested in participating please email me and I will mail you one.  Do note, it is a symbolic present, there isn't anything inside, but you can read more about this on Present And Accounted For.


Anonymous said...

A simple and brilliant idea. What a way to branch out!! This is so exciting! It's as if you are sending little pieces of yourself, your generosity of spirit around the world. A message of sharing, connecting us all, no matter where we are on the globe. I want to be a part of this. May I join in?

Just added 'Present and Accounted for' to my blog list. I want to be kept abreast of the traveling presents.

Way to go Queen of Bows!

Karen Appleton said...

oh Silvina! Thank you for sharing in my excitement!!! I would LOVE to pop a present straight away in the mail to you. I will email you for your address :) Yea thank you! You've managed to bring tears to my eyes!! :) I PROMISE your slogan for me is seriously an inspiration. I always think to myself.. if I am The Queen of Bows I must work very hard to represent them!! I promise it has helped me push myself in new directions! Thank you!

Marlo said...

Great idea! Count me in! :)

Kim said...

Hi Karen,
I just went to your other blog and read your entry. I really like the meaning behind it all : ) If you still have a present left, I'll sign on!

Kate Lewis said...

I am so excited for you and I promise to take a picture of my present soon and pass it along!

Karen Appleton said...

Hi Marlo and Kim!! Thank you so much! Yes, I am making more presents now, so there will be plenty! I'm so excited!! thank you for participating!

Kate!!! NO PRESSURE :) ha ha You will know when the time is right for the photo, no need at all to rush!! :) oh oh, have Sadie take a pic too!!!!

Edgar said...

I really admire your dedication to a meme, and the full exploration of it. Cool. I'm still working on my marks and sigils body of work, and your ideas are part of what inspired the notion to pick something and stick with it for a while. Happy Thanksgiving

Things That Inspire said...

Karen - am I too late? I have a great idea for a present location.

Karen Appleton said...

Thank you Edgar! I guess one day I will run out of things to say or do with the present, but for some unknown reason, I keep finding new ways of thinking about the idea behind the image :) Thank you so much for the super kind compliment!!

Hey Holly!
Yes, I have made more presents!! I am so happy to send you one!

Sharlette said...

Well, like I said earlier, I'm catching up, if you stll have presents I'd love to participate. Email me

Karen Appleton said...

Would love for you to participate! I will email! Thank you