A 3 day storytelling/art-sharing celebration
Every year in April I celebrate my birthday with gratitude by giving away prints, saying thanks, and throwing a dancing party.
This year we are learning the dimensions of our need for connection and simple acts like waving at our neighbors during walks or exchanging looks at the store can save us from our yearning for human contact. The visions of the past when we all dance next to each other and exchange hugs and kisses now would feel like such a social overindulgence, such an act of transgression. This pandemic will remind us all of the things we take for granted and hopefully make us more grateful and present.
At least for now we have the internet and the Postal Service, so in an effort to learn to adapt I’m celebrating my birthday Covid-19 style with an online party and hoping for hugging, kissing and dancing some time in the future.
A pre-pandemic celebration usually goes like this: you come to my studio, write or draw a story and trade it for one of my prints hanging on a clothesline. Now, in times of social distancing this exchange will be indirect, but hopefully still fun to do. I’m sure that with all the introspection we all have been forced to experience, there are incredible stories to share.
For this event I am creating a special print and trading it for “Pandemic-quarantine-social distancing” stories.
I really hope we overcome our akwardness and free ourselves to share and connect, here are 3 different ways we can trade.
1. A story for a Bday print.
Share a story on the comments, go to my shop and “buy” a Bday print for $1 and pay for shipping costs. I wish I can just give it to you but sadly, I’m struggling too. The price is just to cover material costs.
2. Stories for discounted prints
Share a story in the comments of this page (very bottom of this page), go to my shop or Etsy store and enter the code “45bday” to get a coupon for 20% off on any print, I will send you a birthday print as well.
3. Stories for postcards
If you don’t wish to buy a print then just share a story in the comments (very bottom of this page) and I will send you a postcard.
I believe that we show our humanity during times of adversity and we remind each other that there is room for hope in the future. If you have a story that made you feel good during this Pandemic and would like to share it. Let’s trade!!!
The event will run from April 19 to April 21 (my birthday)
Check out the Submitted Stories Below, or Submit your own in the comments box at the very bottom of the page: