CJ1: The Antlers

This week for my creative journal project I chose to incorporate something natural from the environment and that made me think of home. I did not want to disturb the environment in any way, otherwise, I felt that I would be missing the point. I also did not want anything plastic or fake because that is the opposite of what the environment means to me. I did not know what I was going to do and then I saw some deer antlers on a cupboard in the classroom. As soon as I saw those antlers I knew I would have to do something related to that.

After some brainstorming, I decided I was going to paint the deer antlers using a theme that I felt represented what the environment was to me, but when I told my friend that I wanted to paint the antlers (that he owned) he told me “no way” and that he wanted to keep them natural. So I had to figure out another idea. I closed my eyes and imagined where these antlers must have been found. I thought of the field and the bails in it, the bails that are tied together with twine. So I got some string and attached them to the antlers. After that, I sat down with a piece of paper and jotted down some words that I thought of when I think about environmental science. By the time I was done, I had a lot of words written, like natural, peace, life, sustainability, and interconnected, etc. I held up my project and it had a lot of meaning to me. The antlers were natural, from a deer I most likely saw around, so it was connected to me and the environment I grew up in. I also wanted to convey that everything was connected which I thought was done very well because all the words were connected to the antlers that all branch out from each other and are connected.

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