Before I start with the diary entry, let me address the elephant in the room. If you’ve read the posts before this one, you’ll know that I dropped the little “notebook” paper aesthetic. Besides being a pain in the hind-quarters to keep up, people were having trouble reading what I’d written and that’s an issue because I want what I’m doing to be understood. It was cute, but ultimately useless, so I decided to change it.
There’s no shame in making a good decision after the fact! It’s called growth. Now, let’s move forward.
The shop is back from a month-long hiatus and with special treats. Literally.
I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m in love with how this particular cake necklace turned out. It’s all chocolatey and looks real enough to eat. I can’t help it, I posted it everywhere. smh.
Thanksgiving is coming up and though many Black families do not subscribe to traditional notions of this holiday’s origins, we DO take that time given to us to reflect on our lives, thank God and the ancestors for keeping us this far, and we get together to celebrate, life, love and family. A huge part of that celebration is the FOOD. I would not be alone in saying some of us dream about November all year long.
When thinking of a way to celebrate everything that makes a Black holiday what it is, I decided to focus specifically on Thanksgiving dinner, and all the side dishes that set it off.
Everyone knows Black Thanksgiving is about the SIDES and the DESSERTS. Yes, we make bomb Turkey. I’ve had it fried, baked, jerked and whatever else you like. The true iconic staples of a Black Holiday meal are the side dishes like Mac and Cheese, Collard Greens, Cornbread, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and on.
In honor of this, I hand-made these pieces with all the love and care that it takes to prepare a real Thanksgiving meal. All together, the objects equal one lovely Thanksgiving meal.
Rest assured, as a Master of Fine Arts and a mother of two, I am certified to bring the heat both ways.
Each of these babies took me 3 weeks to make and I still have more to finish. It was worth it to bring them into existence though.
The special thing about these objects is that there is only one of each, so much like a real Black holiday meal, if you snooze you lose.
All of the jewelry pieces are signed and come with certificates of authenticity. Like everything I make here, they are an official part of my portfolio as an artist. Which means that if you purchase one, take good care of it.
With that being said, I don’t think I took a single progress pic while making these. That is unusual, even for me. I’ll do better about that.
I’ll try to update this post in the coming weeks with more images of the works in progress.
For now, enjoy the tasty look of the finished objects in the shop, take the “Black Thanksgiving” Quiz, share it with family and friends and be sure to check back weekly for new additions!
Have a suggestion for a dish I missed? Leave a comment below!