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you are beautiful bracelets

Last semester in a graphic design class, we were encouraged to create something for the you are beautiful campaign. 

http://you-are-beautiful.com

The campaign encourages people to start their own projects, simply based on promoting the phrase "you are beautiful."

I chose to make alphabet bead bracelets with this phrase. I created little envelopes that read "take one & pass one. #youarebeautifulbracelets," and placed a bracelet in each, with another bracelet clipped on the outside of the envelope. These were then hung on a tree outside of the Starbucks a my school. I also created a poster with the hashtag and phrase to hang on the tree. Within about eight hours, all twenty of the bracelets were gone. A kind stranger passed one of the bracelets along to one of my friends, who was unaware that I was the one who made them. Once she found out, she told me about how the kind gesture made her day so much better. Realizing that I could have brightened so many peoples days with a bracelet gave me such a great feeling. I immediately wanted to make more of them. I wanted to made one-hundred bracelets. 

Here are a few photos from my first project.

Sadly, buying that many alphabet beads is something that I can not afford...but then I had another idea. I realized that I could make beads out of clay! The art department provides students with clay and access to ceramic kilns. I am going to make one square bead for each bracelet with the phrase "you are beautiful" written on each, and a blog address on the back. Yesterday I made white clay to create the beads with. After I make the bracelets, I am going to place them around my city for people to find and take. I am leaving to study abroad in a few weeks, and it would be great to be able to bring some to France and London as well if possible. I will post pictures of my process soon!

Update #1:

I really like the idea of making a tumblr instead of a wordpress blog, like I had planned before. I also really want people to be able to tag where they found them! Tonight I am making the tumblr and finding out about how people can tag where they found the bracelets. I really want to know if it made someone's day better! :) Thank you for the feedback!

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