I’m not sure how to write this…this is something I’ve been rolling around in my brain for a couple of years. Some of you who know me know I lost my father to cancer when I was 19. It had a profound, disjointed, exhausting affect on me. There were things unsaid, questions never answered and “I Love You’s” never spoken. It made me painfully aware of how much I love the people in my life, and unreasonably afraid of losing them. Though not the intention, doing these projects through Kickstarter has been a catharsis for me. I’ve been moved by your losses and found peace in remaking things for you to treasure.
I’ve been thinking about the 25 Project and the P.Art Project, which are about letting go. I’ve been reflecting on the work I’ve made in the past, about how each thing I’ve made is somehow a duplication of something I’ve lost and tried to re-collect. And I’ve been considering all the trust I’ve been given, by so many people, with their precious items and how honored and appreciative I am each time I make something for someone.
What I want to do now is remake, or make things, for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one. It doesn’t have to be recent; it doesn’t have to be a perfect, lovely person. It can be a flawed, complicated person – of any age. I know some of you may have lost a brother, a sister, a parent – or even a child. You know the pain of feeling lost within the losing, and the need to cling to something. I think that acknowledging this loss, and letting something go in the process, something of a material nature, can be a healing moment for many.
I am looking for people willing to part with something that belonged to someone dear to them so that I can remake it into something new, with a little hope and love and peace in the remaking process. I want to make something for you that you can love, display or use, and heal along the way.
Examples of things I’ve remade are on my webiste, http://www.liznoonan.com, look under the “25 Project” tab and you’ll find links there to what I’ve made for others.
I’m not looking to do this for pay, it is something I simply want to do for someone else. Do you or does someone you know need some closure? Would a remake of something from their loved one who passed bring them peace? Leave a comment on here or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
* I also posted this on my Facebook page today and was asked if it costs anything ~ it does not. If you choose to donate something so that I can offset the costs of materials and shipping or feel moved to do so, I’d be honored, but it is not necessary. Thank you for asking.*