Yes. I know I don’t post here enough.
My friend Alis’ mom is dying.
This one sentence carries with it a whole huge story, as you might expect. But I’ll keep it fairly brief. Due to a lack of money, Alis has been placed in the role of full time, 24 hour a day caretaker for her dying mother, even though she herself is disabled. Her mother has emphysema, and is not dying “eventually”. She is dying “really soon.”. The problem is that Alis gave up what little she had to care for her mother. When she dies, there is a very small life insurance policy whose proceeds will benefit Alis. But there will be a delay in time between when her mother’s death occurs, and when the life insurance policy pays out. There is no money to cover this gap. Every penny they have has gone into her mother’s care.
I realize it is the holiday season and people are strapped for cash. So instead of just asking for people to help her out, I decided to create an egg so people could actually purchase something for their money that they could then give as a gift. Seemed win-win all the way around. Alis gets a little help, the buyer gets a physical object for their money suitable for gift giving, and I don’t have to put out cash I *truly* don’t have to help the situation.
Alis’ mom was a collector of flow blue china. This was endearing, as I hold a degree in restoration and historic preservation, and as people who know me well already know, ceramics hold a special place in my heart due to the influence of my dear (and now gone) friend Amy Kalina (I miss you, Amy.) Because of how negative space works on eggs, I decided to reverse the colors and instead of using white with cobalt blue, did the egg in cobalt blue with white.
My soon(hey, everything is relative..) to exist egg site (eggrotech) isn’t ready yet (might help if I had started it past buying the domain name but never mind that now…). so I don’t know where else to do this- so it’s going here.
I’m putting this egg up for auction. Shipping to be paid by the winner. Yes, I can ship internationally. No, I’ve never had one break in transit and I’ve sent eggs all over the world. Yes, I will happily include an egg stand. No, I cannot *guarantee* you will get it by Christmas day. I’ll do what I can, but it’s the holidays and if someone wins it overseas I just can’t guarantee it will make it in time.
If you’ve never seen one of my eggs before, here’s some things you should know:
1. This is a real egg. No, I’m not kidding. It’s a real egg.
2. It’s a chicken egg. If you want to know how big it is, go into your kitchen, open your refrigerator, and remove an egg. There ya go.
3. Bearing point #2 in mind- these images are 2.5-3x life size. They’re just there to show detail. Imperfections seen in the images are not always visible in real life. The colors are blue and white. Any red you see on the finish in the photos is just a reflection from my mug behind it. There is no red color on the egg anywhere. It has a semi-gloss finish.
4. Yes, these are made by me. Well not the actual egg. I’m not a chicken. The chicken does that part. I do the rest of it, though.
Click on any of these images in order to see them in a larger format.
Bids will be taken through midnight December 15 2012, EST.
How do you bid?
leave a comment here at this post (this is easiest…)
You can send me a message via twitter at either my @damnedgoodesign or @djbronxelf accounts. I can update the post here to reflect the current price.
You can find me on SLU under Bronxelf. If you message me there I’ll reflect the current price here.
You can find me on google chat if you already have my ID, or any number of other IM methods. Im pretty reachable, to be honest.
All proceeds other than the cost of shipping (which is extra) will go directly to Alis. I won’t touch the money other than the shipping, which has to go to me.
Bidding starts at $150 USD, the standard cost for one of my eggs (that isn’t black on the inside.).
Retweets, and any other forms of spreading the word on this are welcome. I’m just trying to help my very exhausted friend here.
Thanks a lot for reading, and have a happy new year, everyone.
The current price is: $250USD. (bid received through gtalk.)