A friend of mine recently visited from Perth. A true romantic at heart, my friend has this incredible knack of finding perfect heart shapes wherever he goes.
He finds these perfect heart shapes in the world around him- a reflection on the floor, a leaf on the side walk- and once during his visit in some smushed goop in the carpet. During those few days, I’d watch him find these hearts in different places- a chipped pillar at Parliament House car park, a light reflection on the ground and once after I finished laughing at him taking photos in these weird places, I noticed something interesting. He wasn’t focusing on finding hearts everywhere he went- he just found them everywhere he went. Or, he was simply open to seeing them.
During his visit we went to the Canberra science exploration centre, Questacon. There was this remarkable little machine that created a projection of a bubble on the wall. I am not going pretend I know anything about science but suffice to say- projection was super cool. The interactive science exhibition blows air onto the bubble which is projected onto the wall. The length and way you pressed a particular button manipulated the bubbles colours and shapes. I marvelled at the colours and this pretty projection on the wall, snapped a quick photo of it and continued on my day.
About a week later I was flicking through the photos waiting for a coffee (or I’d run out of storage on my iPhone, both are likely) and I re-found this bubble photo. The original colours were amazing, a stunning blue and some deep contrasting purples on a peach background. I had made this beautiful art bubble at the push of a button and not really noticed. I threw a few filters over the top of the image and everything began to pop.
I stared at this bubble and could immediately see a beautiful art piece. I could see a pair of earrings which I had made without realising. I printed the image and have since made a beautiful pair of earrings that will soon be on the shelves.
I think my friend knew in his heart something I had forgotten- that art is everywhere. Watching him over the course of that week was enough of a gentle reminder of that. As soon as I was open to seeing it, there it was.
So lovely reader- don’t stop noticing the beauty that exists in the world. Look at the cloud formations, the swirl on the top of your coffee and notice the beautiful colour of the sunrise.
Look for and find your goop heart on the carpet, your bubble on the wall and make your own art. Afterall, art is everywhere.
Barnard Bubble Earrings. Available here.