Well, I am finally putting my nose to grindstone and finishing this project! It's very close to my heart and I want to make it available to you all as soon as humanly possible! In the meantime, you're welcome to order or preorder prints and posters — it will motivate me!
The Alphabet of Acceptance began as a personal project in early summer 2016. It is a way for me to express the anguish I feel at acts of violence due to xenophobia, racism, bigotry, sexism, and general intolerance of others — events that have become increasingly prevalent in the news in the United States and elsewhere.
I began creating one letter a week, each one corresponding to a different word that represented acceptance and understanding. It was a kind of personal reflection, a moment where I could look inside myself and reevaluate my place in the world and the way that I treated others. It was also a challenge: by posting one each week online, I was held accountable to finish all 26 letters — at least 26 weeks committed to this one project.
Since then, the project has sparked conversation, particularly around what its purpose will be once the alphabet is complete. As a result, I’ve decided to compile the finished alphabet into a bound book, which will then be donated to organizations who support children and their wellbeing: hospitals, shelters, libraries, schools. I believe firmly in the potential of education, and perhaps this alphabet can play a small part in teaching the next generation about the importance of understanding each other. I’m currently researching funding for printing costs, and a portion of each print sold is also going towards that fund. Letter Z will be completed in early December, 2017, and my hope is that the book will be able to be printed sometime in the coming year.