This day has finally arrived – the 100th day of 2017’s 100 day project. Wow!
Looking back now it seems like such a long time ago that I posted about my intentions for #100daysofthepunctuationproject, and despite the milestone posts along the way, 100 days is definitely quite a long time (almost a quarter of a year!)
So today, the big reveal on my final day. Did you guess what it would be?
Of course it had to be…The Full Stop.
I knew from almost the very beginning that I had to ‘save’ the full stop for the 100th day, but I wasn’t sure how I would represent it. A mere ink or watercolour dot just wouldn’t do it justice. It had to be something…more. More detailed, more creative. More time-intensive to properly mark the culmination of 100 days.
The more I used tactile materials like buttons, thread, wool and fur, I hit on the idea of an embroidery.
Embroidery takes a bit of time.
It’s a considered yet contemplative creative project in itself, and for me it underlines the very ethos of the 100 day project, namely, that no matter how busy your life or your day, a few minutes of creativity is a worthwhile and calming time-out from modern living. That, and the cumulative progress of just a few stitches builds quickly into a finished and tangible ‘thing’.
Despite all my creative experimentations, embroidery has never been something I’ve done much of (if at all), but I dug out an old hoop I’d inherited and enjoyed the momentum of working the needle in and out in the first summer colours that took my fancy: grass green or ‘greenery’, turquoise and pink.
My husband thought it looked more like a bulls-eye than a full stop, or just a decorative circle, and perhaps it is, perhaps it is all of those things, and more. Something different to each person that sees it.
For me, it is an apt 100 day finale; a celebration of the daily, creative habit I’ve maintained and managed to keep myself accountable to since 4th April.
And next year? We’ll see!
View the entire project on Instagram. Thanks for following along :)