In the face of all the many different things that were cancelled or put on hold this year, I managed to push through with my 100 Day Project. I’ve been taking part in this challenge for the last 5 years and I always enjoy the process of delving into a new creative venture and seeing it through to completion. This time, I decided to create 100 rubberstamps.
I thought that going through with it in the midst of the pandemic would somehow give me some sense of normalcy because, let’s face it, almost nothing is as it used to be. I also thought that the quarantine would give me more than enough time to keep a steady progress.
Now that I’ve finally finished it all, I realized that, yes, participating in the 100 Day Project like I always did put a hint of “regular” to my daily quarantine life. However, I was wrong to think that being in quarantine will help me complete it within 100 days (ha!). It still took me waaay more than a hundred days but I consider that to be a good thing because it’s an indicator that other more important things kept me busy. It’s an indicator that I still had other things going on for me even during these dark, uncertain times. For one, I received many orders for customized stamps and that’s definitely something I’m grateful for.
Every stamp I made is a reminder of every moment that I found it in me to sit down, forget the madness, take a breather and create. Every piece a reminder of my anxieties being carved away.
I’ve divided the project into thematic sets of 10 stamps each. Every theme was influenced by an interest or desire I had during this entire period. Some are descriptive of what life is exactly like for me in quarantine, some are of the tiny details I observe having to stay indoors while the others are things I miss from the outside world or would very much like to learn and see more of. So, yes, every stamp means something to me and, somehow, tell a little of my quarantine story.
I’m thankful for this year’s project and all the amazing things I learned making each and every stamp. I’m joyfully celebrating completing another project and I’m looking forward to sending them out to the world for others to enjoy too. Yes, I’ve decided to sell most of them very soon (yay!). Hopefully, others will find hope and meaning in them too.
For now, you can view all 100 of them on Instagram using the hashtag #100RubberstampsbyNica
Learn about my projects from previous years in the links below…