Some of our Pillow Palace artists chose to recreate their favourite things – possessions or activities – as how they wanted to represent themselves.
Are our faces always most important in relation to how others recognise and understand us?
Design or curate a self-portrait that doesn’t include your face – how else could you represent yourself? What makes you, you?
Is it more important to you that your self-portrait is immediately recognisable to others who know you? Or is it a chance to share something different about you that most people don’t know? Are you made up of many different things or lots of one thing?
Create a playlist of your favourite music, podcasts or videos on a service like Spotify or YouTube, or a Pinterest board of recipes or pictures of your favourite hobby or topic.
Create a collection of objects that are dear to you – they could be of any kind – from special mementos or souvenirs to everyday things like cooking equipment, crafting tools, make-up or clothing! Arrange them together for a still-life study – drawn, painted, photographed or described.
We’ve made playlists on Spotify for our faceless self portraits – listen here…
We have made a Pinterest board of some of our work and some by others to inspire you – view here…
Is your self-portrait always who you are now? How could you adapt your creation to reflect who you once were or would like to become?
Add old forgotten favourites to your playlist and enjoy rediscovering how much they meant to you and how you have since changed. Create a shopping wishlist for a hobby or activity you would like to do in future, or use Pinterest to plan a trip or holiday, or even your ideal future job.
Reimagine your still life as if you were much younger or older – would the same objects still be representative of you, or would it look very different? Write a shopping list for a new hobby or a recipe you want to try. Or create a list of places you would like to go; then imagine what those lists might contain if you were writing them in another 10 or 20 years time!
Share your playlists, wishlists and boards with friends and invite them to share theirs – did you learn anything new about each other?
Send your lists to a friend and ask them to tick off things they would also like to do or see – could you plan to do those things together?