Last year I started a new documenting project called Pieces Of Us.
It was a community self-portrait project that invited us all to document pieces of ourselves over the course of seven days (one "piece" per day). It was so fun and awesome to see all the different photos taken over the course of the week and then all the different ways that people chose to document their photos and words.
Here are the reasons why I did it last year and they are the same reasons I'll be embarking on this project again in 2021:
- To get ourselves in the story. Literally.
- To play and experiment with our cameras (most likely I'll just be using my iPhone).
- To practice developing our own photo voice.
- To practice loving ourselves using the lens of our cameras.
- To play along with a community of storytellers.
This year we put together a small collection to support this project as a way to hold your stories. Do you need the products to participate in this project? Absolutely not. Our hope in making this available to you is to help you actually make your words + photos visible vs. having them live on your phone. The collection will be available for purchase on February 24th, 2021 at 9am PST.
Our plan with this project is to do two Pieces Of Life documenting two times this year. The first one will be Pieces Of Me and the second one later this year will be Pieces Of Home. We will release a second notebook later in the year and then the folio can act as a home for the various project notebooks.
This year I'll be embarking on the Pieces Of Me project the week of April 5th. As with all my projects this is one you can do at any time, but it's always fun to do it with a community of like-minded documenters.
You can see beautiful examples of the documenting our community did with this project last year by checking out the #aepiecesofus hashtag on Instagram or you can see how many of our Creative Team ended up documenting their stories here.
PIECES OF US PROJECT LINKS
- The beginnings of this project.
- Self-portrait image ideas.
- Free word art download.
- How I documented this project in 2020 (includes process video).
- Pieces Of Us blog archives.
- Pieces Of Us Instagram hashtag: #aepiecesofus
2021 COLLECTION PREVIEW
Let's take a look what's included in the collection this year:
PIECES OF ME STITCHED NOTEBOOK + FELT FOLIO BUNDLE // $14.99
For this project we are offering a felt folio, a pre-designed notebook, a heart patch, and a 4x6 stamp set.
The felt folio and the notebook will be offered together in a bundle or separately (Folio = $9.99 and Notebook = $7.99). The idea is that multiple notebooks will be able to fit into this one "Pieces Of Life" folio.
Inside the notebook you'll find a schedule (for any time you might embark on this project) and then prompt pages for each of the daily topics that look like this:
You can place your image above, below, or on the adjacent page. After each prompt page there are two blank pages before the next prompt.
PIECES OF LIFE PATCH // $2.99
PIECES OF ME STAMP SET // $15.99
Questions? Let me know in the comments below.
I can't wait to embark on this project with you again this year! I'll post a reminder as we get closer to the actual documenting dates.