It’s too late to apologise — unless you do it with a pom pom. Local artist and designer Rachel Burke’s latest project is helping Brisbanites mend fences in the craftiest way possible.
“Apomogy is about anonymously sharing an apology through the vessel of a pom pom,” Rachel says.
“An apology can be big or small. It can be something you did when you were a kid, or something you did five minutes ago.
“You can apomogise for anything, as long as it’s sincere!”
For the last eight months, people have been submitting anonymous written apologies via Rachel’s website, and she’s been turning them into ‘apomogies’. People have also been submitting their own, pre-made apomogies, and Rachel has been running workshops for people who want to make their own but don’t have the necessary crafting skills.
She’s been collecting the results, and will share them at the first showing of her work at The Print Bar this 16 Saturday April, complete with an apomogy workshop and an ice cream truck (to eat your sorrowful feelings).
“I made a couple of tough verbal apologies of my own last year and the experiences left me reflecting on what it meant to say sorry for me,” Rachel remembers.
“All this thinking seemed to culminate in the idea that giving an apology removed a small ‘weight’ from my body… and this, for me, took the appearance of a pom pom. I made my first apomogy to my husband, for something small I had done, and found that the process of leaving him a pom pom with an apology attached literally softened the blow of what I had done.
“I shared the method with the readers of my blog and it seemed to be something that really resonated with them. This sparked the idea to turn it into a larger project.”
Rachel has since received hundreds of apomogies from around the world, and has even had to run a few through the translator to find out what they say.
“The ones I find most interesting are those apomogies that allude to a much larger story,” she says.
“I find these fascinating because, due to the anonymity of the project, I will never truly know what happened.”
Rachel says all of the anonymous apomogies are interesting to her, but these are a few of her favourites:
- I’m sorry for the walls in my heart that contributed to the ones in yours.
- I’m sorry, mum, I fell in love with a girl. I do not want to give her up.
- I’m sorry I wasn’t born in the body I wanted.
- I’m sorry I’m too lazy to put my Q-Tips in the bin. Leaving you to find an army of them hidden away.
The Apomogy launch party will be held at The Print Bar (9/104 Newmarket Road, Windsor QLD 4030) this Saturday 16 April from 7pm.