Our theme (written by me) is "Circle of Compassion":
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. - Albert Einstein
Our circle of compassion is composed of natural elements - wood, crystals and succulents - the beauty of which gives us the strength to endure long-term illness while we search for the cure. The circle is a reflection of the cyclical nature of life, and of the seasons. Our chosen colors are DIFFA’s red, white and black, to reflect solidarity of purpose, because together, we can free ourselves.
We started with a budget of zero dollars, but thankfully the Board of Directors recognized that's not realistic and gave us some money for moving costs & incidentals. We've already blown through that small amount & have had to kick in money from our own pockets, in addition to the 40 or so hours of free labor. Regardless, we have many wonderful sponsors who have loaned us beautiful items for our design, which is going to look AMAZING.
I am so proud to be part of this team and this event, which is near and dear to my heart, benefiting SF General Hospital AIDS patients without insurance. My former housemate Keer was one of those beneficiaries, and I dedicate my work to him and those like him, who deserve long and healthy lives. (Keer now lives in New Orleans and is doing well.)
I will be live tweeting from our account @ASID_CANorth this Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, with photos from our installation and many others. This is one of the biggest and brightest design events of the year, which director John Waters has dubbed "The Cannes of Tabletop". Please follow us and also follow my sustainable design Twitter @jdavidsondesign for more on this event.