Posts tagged postsecret
Posts tagged postsecret
Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret, shared this serene image of the art gallery creation - an actual cloud indoors - from a Dutch artist. Sadly I don’t have more information than that to give you about who created this piece.
I for one, with my twitching eyelid (day four - think I’m stressed out a bit perhaps?), could use fifteen minutes laying below this little cloud in the silence of a gallery, alone with some quiet time for deep breathes.
If you haven’t already heard of FOUND, here’s the scoop directly from brothers Davy and Peter Rothbart:
We collect found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles– anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life. Anything goes.
We certainly didn’t invent the idea of found stuff being cool. Every time we visit our friends in other towns, someone’s always got some kind of unbelievable discovered note or photo on their fridge. We decided to make a bunch of projects so that everyone can check out all the strange, hilarious and heartbreaking things people have picked up and passed our way.
Years ago my mom gifted me with a few issues of Found Magazine which are collections of notes and photos from people all over the world submitted to Davey and Peter, who then compile them to share with the world. Later I randomly ended up getting a copy of Dirty Found in a holiday gift swap. Whenever these make it into the coffee table line-up guests are mesmerized and quick get lost in the pages of each issue. Let me put it this way: If you like Postsecret, you’ll love Found.
Each note, every photo - no matter how simple - is fascinating. When you don’t have any context for words or images the lucky person who finds the item can project whatever they want onto it. Back-stories are conjured up and explanations are devised. Grocery or To Do lists can be incredibly funny. Love notes, incredibly sweet. Sure, kids say the darnedest things, but they’re also so raw and honest. The truth which can come out in a note which you think nobody will ever read or the content of a photo never intended for the eyes of strangers is amazing.
The Found guys are heading out on a 10th anniversary tour so consider checking them out in person when they come to your city in 2012. And when you find a note on the street or a photo behind the fridge in your apartment from the previous residents send them to Found - because I really want to see them and so does the rest of the world.
Last week a friend of mine, who I met in high school and hung out with when she lived in Los Angeles, committed suicide. She was extremely depressed (far beyond what even her closest friends and family knew) and lost her battle with mental illness. Always attempting to put on a happy face, my friend sought the best in life, but never seemed to find satisfaction or fulfillment in her many successes.
Anyone who has ever been a teenager likely knows how hard life can seem and I myself have had some very dark days in my 31 years. But suicide is never the answer, even for someone battling a debilitating mental illness. Through Postsecret I have learned about Hopeline, the Kristin Brooks Hope Center, which offers many resources for people feeling down and out and completely lost. There is help. Suicide is not the answer. This is a wonderful resource for anyone looking for support. 1-800-442-HOPE. I wish my friend had taken just a moment to call that number.
It is very easy to get caught up in the challenges and disappointments of life. That is part of why I started this blog - to remind myself daily of all the wonderful opportunities and experience my life offers me. More lemonade than lemons, with amazing family and friends who help me turn the lemons into lemonade when necessary. I dedicate this post to my friend who I hope has found some peace in a better place, but I still wish was here with us.