In Honor Of First 100 Days, Obama’s Superpower Cuffs Are Finally Finished! (Secret Map Included!)

Via on Apr 29, 2009

cuffsonquilt2

bluewings

flagpiece

meabbaundertree

We have been working very hard on the President’s Cuffs,

orangegrid

plasticnail

yellowleaf

and they’re finally finished!

partyset

So, today we had a party with punch!

abbatparty

We are cuffmakers.

mycuffs

Fairy cuffmakers*

fairycuffmakers

We make cuffs for people out of things we find;

meganjpg2

and sometimes we find amazing stuff

just laying on the ground!

listenlisten

We make cuffs so that people will feel:

specialframe

and also, to make old things seem like new again.

accountnumbersflood

Originally, we came from here:

sorbonne

mechurch

But we also came from here,

goldengatefog

halfdomefromsky

here

texascan

and here.

momandme

redpiece

Ladies and gentlemen,

abbaplayingtrumpet

pressuretoseal

we are here now!

hope0

So, without further ado,

President Obama’s New (Old)

Super-Powered Cuffs!

moon

Something old…

somethingold1

I found this tiger cowrie shell at an ancient site on the Napali Coast (Kawaii, HI).

About ten minutes later, I found a brand new one on the beach a few feet away!

It had just washed up in the surf.

somethingnew

plusorequal

surfsod

cuffsonledge

futurecuff2

We found this special map yesterday,

and as a rule:

anything we serendipitously find on the final day of making cuffs is very special.

secretmap

hookclosures

Vintage hook closures on a cotton backing that was grown and then spun by a family in Ethiopa in the 70′s.

(That family’s son lived with my grandparents for a year, and the cotton fabric was a gift.)

Washington,

georgewashington

Lady Liberty,

ladyliberty2

Abe Lincoln, twice.

One of them is very green!

abetwice

Green…

flowersinparis

pressuretoseal

how are we going to make it stick?

twotrains

cog

nathanonswing

abbaswinging

treeatplayground

timex

brokenwood

onrevolution

orangegridblack

mecameramirror

doveonblack

whiteribbon

liberty1

(*polaroid from my brave, wandering family, wth lveo.)

About Joana Smith

Who I'd like to meet: Superman's Children, eco-warriors, truck drivers, persephone, roller derby queens, nurses, scientists, givers, priests, yogi, storytellers, people who don't know right now, playwrights, philosophers, people who are more visual, people who hop trains, performers, poets, seamstresses, activists, Spider-Man, kids, rangers, Snow White, dj's, massage therapists, people who work with their hands, bunnies, sportsracers, people who work in offices, dancers, baristas, artists, cleaners, climbers, Jeff's sister, Colbert, Skiers, Bikers, skaters, surfers, ani, people who are recovering, trees (and flowers), people who will die soon, gardeners, horses, Jolie-Pitt, soon-to-be mothers, margie's daughter, astronomers, people who are scared, girls who wear black and listen to the Smiths, cuffmakers, lambs, Miranda July, the man in the moon, Bono, people from 'round here, Obama...

694 views

Like this article? Leave a tip!

(We use PayPal but you don't need an account with PayPal.)

Elephriends - Mindful Affiliates

9 Responses to “In Honor Of First 100 Days, Obama’s Superpower Cuffs Are Finally Finished! (Secret Map Included!)”

  1. lacey says:

    *positively lovely*

  2. Grandma D says:

    What a journey, what a beautiful set of cuffs! I love the stories of the collected pieces, collected longer that 100 days, just right for today's 100 day celebration. Thank you for sharing it with me!
    Love, D

  3. ndsmith says:

    What fun! The cuffs are so… Hawaii?!? So…. blue collar…. green collar… Rebirth, live…. revolution, evolution, lost and found.

  4. So lovely. I'm tweeting this!

  5. rachel says:

    congratulations!!!
    i love hearing where all the pieces came from….
    now…. the delivery !?!?

  6. megan says:

    i am so excited for the day i walk past a newsstand and see obama casually wearing them in a picture. YES!

  7. [...] by thekitchenboy on 10 May, 2009 dad greg joana ingrid stephen weinberg brian ott peter kent jamie criss andrea renee lindsay eller dr. peppermint [...]

  8. Chuck says:

    Late but not iqnored. thanks for perseverance!

Leave a Reply