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2021 Brood X

CICADA SPARKLES

Join me at the events below to collect your authentic 2021 Cicada Sparkles (necklaces, earrings, ornaments, keychains, and magnets)!
While supplies last.

Silver Spring International Food and Craft Fair

August 1, 2021

1:00 – 7:00 pm
Veteran’s Plaza
Silver Spring, MD

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A Cicada Story

The Brood X Cicadas, also known as the Great Eastern Brood, unearthed themselves in May of this year after 17 years of life underground. I was excited for their arrival, to say the least. The emergence felt as though it happened in slow-motion. And then, one day, they were flying, with high-pitched screaming as they crash-landed in my hair. But who can blame them? They emerged from the ground, swapped their exoskeletons for fresh suits, and hit the breeze with zero training and little time to spare.

Almost as quickly as they took to the air, these controversial visitors faded from existence, leaving the next generation to fall from the trees and burrow below ground for another 17 years.

During what others call the “invasion,” a neighborhood friend asked me to cast a cicada in resin, knowing I dabbled with the medium during a few of my upcycle adventures. As I memorialized the bug, I also experimented with wings (sans bodies) in resin. Something lovely happened as the resin accentuated their orange and black lacing. The bubbles that formed around them in the resin (typically undesirable) created a captivating sparkle.

With a community yard sale a week away, I shared an image of the three test pieces above on my neighborhood listserv and Facebook page to gauge interest and was delightfully surprised by a cicada obsession. I got busy collecting perished cicadas for their golden wings and casting them in resin. The following weekend I sold out of almost 200 pieces during a one-day neighborhood sale. I continued to take and fulfill individual orders. Not having a storefront or the hours to effectively coordinate pick-ups and drop-offs, I jumped at an opportunity to participate in my first arts fair (listed above). It is more feasible to sell in one place, during one day, as I had done during the yard sale.

I have since, with the help of my partner in adventure, collected bags of fallen cicadas* along our neighborhood streets during early morning walks. I spent many hours extracting and cleaning wings and offering their bodies back to the earth. And now, I continue to cast their wings in resin and create Cicada Sparkles in anticipation of a busy August day, and perhaps another in the autumn should supplies last.

If you find yourself in the Washington, D.C. area, I hope you’ll join me at the Ecopsyched! booth in downtown Silver Spring, MD at the International Food and Craft Fair on August 1st. See you there!

*No cicadas were harmed during the creation of Ecopsyched! Cicada Sparkles. All living cicadas were encouraged to live their best lives after being escorted to the side of the road.

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