Selfie Project / by Patsy Kolesar

In order to kickstart my creative flow for the New Year, I chose to join in on the 7 day Selfie Mini Project with the We Are The Contributors group.  There was a small group of artists participating in this project, which happened on Instagram using the hashtag #acontributor

I decided that I would take photos of myself wearing pieces that I made while I was in Holland on my artists residency.  Taking photos of these pieces to document my work there has been on my "To Do" list for freaking ever!  The pieces I made there are different than my regular work - they don't fit in my light box..So for this and other reasons that only the deep inner workings of my mind know I have been dragging my feet on taking photos of them.  

The selfie project turned out to be very interesting for me.  It was VERY hard to stick to my plan because taking selfies that show off unusual jewelry is really challenging!   It was also challenging to look at myself in photos daily for a week!  I felt self absorbed....and self conscious.  

But it was also very useful.  It made me think about lighting in a different way and and I saw how drastically lighting can change a photo.  I've never had the patience for lighting in the past.  It also made me realize that these photos don't have to be perfect.  It doesn't really matter if you can see every detail of the jewelry perfectly.  My artist residency wasn't about creating perfection.  It was about artistic exploration so the records of my work can be whatever I want them to be, and it was only through doing this project that I finally realized this really important thing! 

Here are the results of my 7 days of selfies:

 

Day 1 Tornado Necklace and Earrings

Day 1 Tornado Necklace and Earrings

Day 2 Tornado Necklace Stiched

Day 2 Tornado Necklace Stiched

Day 3 Wire Wheels Necklace

Day 3 Wire Wheels Necklace

Day 4 Tornado Earrings with one of my bestie's in the background showing some reluctance to be in my selfie.  

Day 4 Tornado Earrings with one of my bestie's in the background showing some reluctance to be in my selfie.  

Day 5 Holland Brooches

Day 5 Holland Brooches

Day 6 Prague Necklace

Day 6 Prague Necklace

Day 7 of 7 Quite Contrary Sketches in felt pen and stitched wire. This day also coincided with the day I locked down my Core Desired Feelings #DesireMap

Day 7 of 7 Quite Contrary Sketches in felt pen and stitched wire. This day also coincided with the day I locked down my Core Desired Feelings #DesireMap