Tag Archives: Sam

why (he)art bombing is rad

7 Feb

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We know folks enjoy our blog and the photos we post. We appreciate all of our readers – and thanks to the magic of the internet, we know you are all over the world. It’s awesome.

We’ve had a great time planning and carrying out (he)art bombings and documenting them, and we have more plans up our sleeves for future (he)art bombings, both big and small.

But, given the limitations of two people working in real life versus the reach of the internet, very few of you out there have the opportunity to join us when we do a (he)art bombing event – you’re probably many many miles away or have a busy schedule or, you know, there’s lots of reasons. It’s cool, that’s life. But we still really want folks to participate in the project by purchasing their own hearts and planning their own (he)art bombing in their corner of the world.

I’m sure lots of you think that sounds like a great idea, but maybe you don’t know just how great it is. I mean, seriously, doing a (he)art bombing ends up being way more gratifying than you ever expect it to be. This can happen in two ways – let me share them.

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1. You get to enjoy your work over and over again.

I can’t tell you how delighted I am when I see that hearts we have hung months ago are still around. It’s so simple, yet there’s a real satisfaction in knowing that you’ve added beauty and a positive message to a space where potentially thousands of people have seen it.

Recently I got savvy enough to check out what kinds of Google searches were leading folks to our blog. One of them was “what are the hearts around the olympia capitol building.” That means that we sparked someone’s curiosity with our art. If you know anything about being an artist, you know that it can be very hard to get someone’s attention with what you make/do, let alone get them to invest any time into learning more.*

All this is to say, with a public (he)art bombing, you get to create something lovely and lasting that really does have an impact. Which leads me to…..

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2. You really do make a difference in others’ lives.

This can happen in two (or maybe more) ways. As mentioned above, if you do a public (he)art bombing, people will see it. They will notice. They will react.

We have had the privilege of receiving some lovely private messages from folks who were truly touched by our hearts. I would like to share a few excerpts:

“…it made my heart sing…”

“I hope that you receive something beautifully unusual & inspired out-of-the-blue soon, too!”

“I came across one of your ‘installations’ and felt the universe was sending me a love note…”

You can see other kind notes from folks in the comments on this blog and on our Facebook page. We appreciate hearing from every one of you – it’s incredibly encouraging to know that we’ve had a positive impact on someone somewhere. We look forward to creating more of these moments in the future.

But there are some (he)art bombings that are more private – or at least meant for a chosen person/family, not just for the world at large. There a great example of this in our post about Maria’s (he)art bombing at a friend’s house last fall. Another example happened recently when someone bought some hearts from us and hung them around Olympia specifically in honor of two friends getting married.

Kelly and I did a (he)art bombing a while ago that we haven’t really talked about and I’ll just share the basics here. A friend died of cancer not too long ago at a tragically young age, leaving behind a wife, young kids, family, and many friends. When it was clear that he didn’t have much time left, we (he)art bombed his house as a symbol of our love and support. And really, what else can you do in that kind of a situation, besides show your love?

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All this is to say, you might be surprised by just how good it feels to do a (he)art bombing. We are continually surprised, in a delightfully pleasant way.

*If all of this is interesting to you – the idea of making an impact in your community through art – we encourage you to look up “street art” as an entry point to learning about other ways people are making art within the public sphere. A specific example of art made to directly affect a community that you may want to read about is Carrie Mae Weems’ project Operation:Activate.

dear beloveds

29 Jan

Franciszka, a poet friend of mine, recently unveiled a really cool project she’s been working on call dear beloveds. She’s got a great explanation of its origins on the site. An excerpt:

“once upon a time i wrote a poem to every human in the world entitled dear beloveds (inspired by juliana spahr’s this connection of everyone with lungs). in summer, 2012, i turned this poem into a zine and then took it on tour. while it was delightful to share the poem in different places, it was even more delightful to pass notecards out to the audience afterwards and ask them to contribute their own sentence, phrase or paragraph addressed to every human in the world (suggested by the phrase dear beloveds).”

What I think is really great about this project is how inclusive and human it is. I also think it’s a beautiful companion to the ideas behind Love is a Radical Act. The submissions on dear beloveds express many ideas, but a lot of them are about love* and compassion – or at least the desire for more love and compassion, perhaps through healing or self-love.

I encourage you to check it out and please consider submitting you own message to every human in the world.

*Check out all the great components of love that are mentioned on the different submissions: love, trust, communication, listening, reassurance, connection, generosity, support, and all sorts of positive and encouraging words.

 

 

our hearts

16 Dec

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We just wanted to share a photo of the porcelain hearts we made as favors for our wedding. We love how they turned out!

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10 Dec

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[We wanted to share what was read at our wedding. So many people in attendance commented on how much they enjoyed it, and we think others will enjoy reading these words as well. As you may notice, our friend who officiated drew much inspiration from what we have done so far with Love is a Radical Act.]

Friends, family and community, if you would take your seats, make sure your cell phones are turned off and take a minute to really sink into this moment.

Be here and nowhere else–this is the only moment that matters, this present, this, right now.

Please allow yourself to feel deeply the love that is here today with us. If you want to laugh, please laugh out loud, if you feel the need to cry let the tears come, and if you want to applaud please do so with spirit.

Feel free to do what ever you need today to break the old rules of weddings. For we are breaking tradition here today. And we are, together, creating the wedding of Kelly and Sam.

*Processional*

“Love is a radical act. Taking the time to actually love someone, to truly value who they are rather than force them to be someone else, is a radical act. To value acts of love more than things is a radical act. It goes against what we are taught by society.”

Love is a radical act…true and real love shakes us to our very roots and changes our lives and our world in miraculous and incredible ways.

Today we come together to celebrate such a true, real and radical love, as we share in the wedding celebration of Kelly and Sam. A wedding that, in the old, traditional world of just last month could not have happened because it was unlawful.

But now, thanks to Kelly and Sam and thousands of other people– gay, straight, black, white, married, single–who fought for marriage equality in the courts, in the streets, and at the ballot box, gay people can now embrace all the protections, promises and problems that we straight people have always taken for granted. I’m excited to live in a time when marriage equality has become the law in our fine state. And as Washington goes…soon so goes the world!

Kelly and Sam are you ready to get married? (YES!)

Please join hands as Jenney reads her poem that your love inspired.

*Jenney reads*

Please join both hands and face each other:

Kelly, do you promise Sam to be her wife and partner in all senses of the word? To be loving, kind, dependable, supportive, fun, understanding and unconditionally accepting of who she really is?

(Kelly: I do)

Sam, do you promise Kelly to be her wife and partner in all senses of the word? To be loving, kind, dependable, supportive, fun, understanding and unconditionally accepting of who she really is?

(Sam: I do)

By your words it is made real. Through your pledge of marriage today, you make these promises, willing that they are just and true and lifelong.

Here are the rings that are an outward symbol of your inner commitment to each other. We choose rings because they symbolize a complete circle, never ending, just as your love will never end. Your rings were specially created of the platinum given to you by Jan, Sam’s mother. The red line that encircles them is a reminder of the love that entwines your hearts.

Kelly put this ring on Sam’s finger and repeat after me.
“I Kelly, take you, Sam, to be my wife.”

Sam put this ring on Kelly’s finger and repeat after me.
“I Sam take you Kelly to be my wife.”

Now that you have complicated your union with government, we have some paperwork. Let’s sign that marriage license.

*Signing of the marriage license*

Creating a loving marriage is a choice we make in every moment, of each and every day, to open our hearts more fully to love.

To connect to our partner with body, mind, heart and soul.

To realize that our differences make us stronger and more flexible to weather life’s storms and celebrate life’s gifts.

To choose to dig down deep to find the tiny sprouts and sparks of creation, to conceive together the supports we need to grow.

Marriage is facing the critic across the breakfast table, and reminding yourself that the challenges between you are creating a deeper commitment.

Creating a marriage is a fine piece of art which can only be made real if you both get your hands dirty.

Marriage is a shared bond with a greater community of souls.

It is continuing to open our hearts, which expands everyone’s capacity to grow.

Marriage is the completion of the circle of love, that leads you forward, again and again, to recreate your selves and the universe, every day, in every moment.

Marriage is a radical act that moves us and shakes us until our egos lie shattered in pieces and our hearts are free to soar together.

Your marriage is your greatest work of art and it requires the courage of a warrior, the curiosity of a child, the compassion of a saint, and the gratitude of a beggar.

By your exchange of promises today, the giving and receiving of rings, and them governmental papers, you have become wives for life.

With the power given me by the creative spirit, I do proclaim you lawfully married.

You may now kiss your wife.

Friends, family and community I present to you the happy couple–Kelly and Sam.

we’re getting married!

2 Dec

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I know we’ve been pretty quiet lately, but we’ve been extra busy with many things, the biggest one being our wedding! We had already decided to get married on the first day it was legal if marriage equality passed in Washington, so once we found out it was a done deal, we only had about a month to plan.

We did a couple of small (he)art bombings in November, one at a private residence and one at a book reading. The project has been on the back burner a little, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about it every day.

We read about a mass wedding on December 15 in the state capitol building, and we are seriously considering driving up to Olympia to pass out hearts to all of the newlyweds and to give the city a fresh (he)art bombing. We’ll let everyone know if and when we decide that we are definitely going.

The biggest plans we have in the works is a trip down to San Francisco to (he)art bomb the bay area. We are so committed to this trip happening that the only wedding present we are asking for is contributions to our travel fund. We really hope we can meet our goal in a couple of months. If you can donate any amount, large or small, or help us spread the word, we would be very grateful.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us.

(he)art bombing: seattle

30 Oct

After (he)art bombing Olympia, of course we had to go up to Seattle. I think we could spend an entire week hanging hearts up there and still not go everywhere we’d like to go. As it is, we hung about 200 hearts in the downtown area.

We started at Pioneer Square. There were lots of tour groups coming through and out of town visitors wandering by. A friendly couple from Yosemite had a nice chat with Kelly. We were also delighted to have help from Kelly’s friend Laura.

Then we did some wandering about and hanging more hearts.

Of course no trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to Pike Street Market.

Finally, we figured the Seattle Art Museum could use a little extra art.

(he)art bombing: olympia

29 Oct

Last weekend we drove up to the Puget Sound area to (he)art bomb Olympia and Seattle. We hung almost 400 hearts in total. It’s amazing how much work it can be and how long it can take to hang that many hearts – and the realization of what a tiny fraction of each city we covered after hanging them was rather humbling.

Saturday we (he)art bombed downtown Olympia. It’s been our goal from the beginning to do at least one (he)art bomb in Olympia since it is the state capitol and the starting place for all of the ups and downs of our fight for marriage equality in Washington this year. We appreciate what the legislature did for us, and we have agonized over the past few months about how the upcoming vote will turn out. Depending on how close the vote is, in a week and a half Kelly and I may know if we can get married or not. It is exciting and nerve-wracking and many other things all at once.

We started at Heritage Park, just a stone’s throw from the capitol building. It’s a lovely park with a nice walking path around a small lake. The weather did not cooperate most of the time – wind, rain, hail, and biting cold temperatures – but we did our installation anyway. We hung about 100 hearts at the park altogether.

Then we went to the capitol campus and hung a few hearts. Coincidentally, there was a wedding party having their photos taken on the steps of the Legislative Building. Kelly made sure to give a heart to the bride – it just seemed right.

Then we wandered around downtown for a while just hanging hearts wherever we pleased.

And finally, on our way out of town and on to Seattle, we stopped at a church that we just happened to pass that had multiple signs and banners supporting marriage equality and the LGBTQ community. We (he)art bombed them as a way of saying thank you to a bunch of strangers who didn’t know us but were fighting for our rights.

front page news

15 Oct

We’re super excited to be on the front page of today’s paper talking about marriage equality and Love is a Radical Act. This Saturday’s installation up in Olympia (and Sunday in Seattle) will be our biggest action before the election. Thanks to everyone for supporting those who engage in the radical act of love.

upcoming installations: seattle & olympia

10 Oct

We are excited to announce our first out-of-town installations! We will be in Olympia on Saturday, October 20, and Seattle on Sunday, October 21. Please join us!

As always, we stand for families and loving relationships of all kinds, but we are especially interested in promoting marriage equality during these installations, especially in Olympia, the heart of Washington politics and law.

installation event: love art gallery

3 Oct

We appreciate the warm welcome we got on Saturday at Love Art Gallery, both from owners Ruby and Ted and from the artists and community members who stopped by. We also appreciate the live music that was provided by Andrew Grade.

a table full of hearts ready to go

choosing the perfect hearts

one of the families that helped hang hearts

our fabulous guitarist and a statue that already had its own heart

dressed for the occasion

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we made sure to fancy up the surrounding area too

double love!