A Heart A Day

Phoebe Berg in Brooklyn, New York is making A Heart A Day. She explains, "I quit smoking 5 years ago. To commemorate this monumental event, I am starting a yearlong art project. Starting May 1, 2011, for 365 days, each day I will create a heart and post the photograph here. There are no rules beyond that. It can be in any medium, or found, and may or may not be permanent."

Why did you decide to do this project? I heard about Skull-A-Day through my boyfriend who is friends with Noah. I thought it was a great idea, especially because I love skulls, but I didn’t think about doing it myself until I heard Noah speak about his book and the project. He talked about the benefits of creating something every day, and how it had a profound impact on his life. But what really inspired me was when he said that while he was doing this project he was excited to get up in the morning. That cinched it for me, seeing as I’ve woken up in a bad mood every morning of my life, the thought of actually be excited to wake up in the morning was huge. That night I created my blog and the very next day I posted my first heart.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? Amazingly enough, today is only day 12, the affects have already been incredible. First of all I have HEARTS and remnants of hearts all over the house, little cut out pieces of magazines, letters, scrap fabric… My work area actually looks like I’ve been working in it! Also, I’ve been wanting to create an etsy site for years now but have wavered mainly because I wasn’t sure if there would be any interest. All those ideas are in my head but I have not been able to manifest them. My first heart was a hand sewn heart on a wife beater and now many of my friends want one.  The positive feedback is exactly what I needed to get the ball rolling.

I’m surprised to find that over the course of these 12 days it has become easier and easier to come up with ideas. The first day was such a struggle, kicking around ideas all day, but yesterday, the idea just came to me. Just image what day 100 will be like! But the really wonderful affect of this daily project is the feeling of accomplishment I have every day because I created something, however simple, and put it out in the world.

See all of Phoebe's hearts HERE.

1 comment:

steve h said...

and this is only one of the ways in which Phoebe is inspiring. I am so glad to know her.