Friday, December 26, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Angela
LOCATION: Greenbrier, Tennessee
EGGPLANT QUOTE: deal with me
COMMENTS: Angela ordered her eggplant from the Gentry Joint Store and since I was out of stock, she had to wait a bit to receive her eggplant. When she did, she wrote this to me:
"Hey, I wanted to write you and tell you that I got the Eggplant and the wait was SO worth it. You could have not picked a better saying "Deal With Me". I LOVE IT!!!!! So here is a picture of me with my eggplant so that you can add it to your gallery. I'm a 30 year old full time college student, wife, mother, and a published scrapbook artist. So thanks so much and again. I LOVE IT!!!!!:
Monday, October 6, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Xander
LOCATION: Nagasaki, Japan
EGGPLANT QUOTE: random things will happen
COMMENTS: "I'm sending you the best two pictures of me with my AMAZING eggplant, that I actually lugged through Japan as my lucky charm when I traveled. I wanted to make sure I got the best picture/circumstance for it! Here's an explanation below:
"These pictures was taken at Asakusa temple in Tokyo, Japan. The temple is flocked with thousands of Japanese and foreign people around this time, eager to pray for the new year. It was an amazing experience to be there at that time, but the story gets better! I lived on the southern island of Kyuushuu, in the city of Nagasaki. Starting from Nagasaki, five friends and I broke up into three groups of two and raced by hitchhike to get to Tokyo by New Year's. My partner and I were the first ones there, and it took us one day and eight hours of straight hitchhiking. This was one of the greatest experiences I've had in my life, and it made it all the more sweeter to be able to take out my lucky charm and snap these photos, random things really do happen!
"Now the eggplant is sitting here on my desk, next to some amazing photos of fantastic friends and unforgettable experiences! :) I think it's itching to travel again just as much as I am!"
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Liz
LOCATION: New York City (The photo was taken at my apartment in Astoria, Queens, but I got the eggplant from an artomat machine at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan)
EGGPLANT QUOTE: a happy moment
COMMENTS: I was intrigued by the artomat, and having trouble choosing which mystery item to get. I thought the stray eggplant looked cool, and I was not at all disappointed. It was so cute! I thought the quote was a little weird (especially since the quote on the box was "pesto, at best") but definitely sparks the imagination. I loved showing it to everyone who came over to my house!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Wynne
LOCATION: San Jose, California
EGGPLANT QUOTE: do a happy hop
COMMENTS: Though Wynne likes to hop, and hop rather happily, she is pictured here attempting to eat her mother's ceramic eggplant. We have no idea why this is.
OWNER'S NAME: Maia
LOCATION: Rio Rancho, New Mexico
EGGPLANT QUOTE: never act on the advice of bananas
COMMENTS: In protest of the Iraq War, Maia had set up her own war memorial, complete with tiny plastic combat boots and a tombstone among other items. When she received this eggplant for her 9th birthday, she decided the bananas mentioned—whose advise we ought not heed—could be interpreted to include our country's commander-in-chief who launched the unnecessary and disastrous war. Her stray eggplant has now become a part of her war memorial installation.
OWNER'S NAME: Sebastien
LOCATION: Altadena, California
EGGPLANT QUOTE: very good! very good! yay!
COMMENTS: This eggplant is emblazoned with the Laughter Yoga cheer: Very Good! Very Good! Yay! It's owner, Sebastien Gendry, is the founder and Director of the American School Of Laughter Yoga. He served for 2 years as World Operations Director for Laughter Yoga International, the organization leading the Laughter Clubs Movement of over 5000 clubs in 55 countries and is still the official representative for this movement in the USA.
An enthusiastic and articulate speaker, he has been featured several times in the US media (The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC Good Morning America, National Public Radio, Associated Press, CBS News, Telemundo, Celebrity Fit Club, KCAL 9, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Inspire, and more).
OWNER'S NAME: James
LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
EGGPLANT QUOTE: sin boldly
COMMENTS: James denies that this eggplant has anything to do with him at all. He adds: "Don't believe all those stories you've heard about me."
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Curtis
EGGPLANT QUOTE: only of interest to theologians
COMMENTS: "Me and my partner Mark were visiting our friend Eric in Providence, Rhode Island this past winter and we happened in a very cute funky arty store whose name I've already forgotten, although, if pressed, Eric would probably remember it, since he lives there.
"Anyway, in that shop, there was something that looked like a converted old cigarette machine just like I've seen in the gift shop at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and I thought and said to Mark and Eric, 'Hey, you never know what you'll get with these, but I want to try this!'
"So I bought a token from the saleperson and I bought this eggplant, but I'm just now getting around to photographing myself with it. I'm pretty proud of being about to get it close enough to my cellphone camera so that you can read it, and so it almost looks like my head is the same size as it is.
"Back when I was an art student I did a little art exhibit of mail art and really enjoyed when random people sent things in, so this really has captured my imagination. I haven't gone onto your site yet, but I'm going to wait a couple of days and see if this makes it up there.
"Oh. Funny little coincidences -- you're an ordained minister, and my dad is, too (United Methodist, in case you're curious); you're an artist, and so am I."
Monday, April 7, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Carrie
LOCATION: Green Lane, Pennsylvania
EGGPLANT QUOTE: poof, you're a puppeteer
COMMENTS: "Have you ever heard of the Art-o-Mat? Art-o-Mats are refurbished vintage cigarette vending machines filled with art! And not just any art, art packaged in cigarette-sized packages! What could be more fun than that?!?
"I was first introduced to the Art-o-Mat, when a friend handed me a $5 token at Monkey Hill Antiques in New Hope, PA. My pull, from this odd Bulldog Juggling Art-o-Mat, won me a Stray Eggplant... a grape and green clay eggplant that reads "Poof, you're a puppeteer."
Yes, you heard me... I pulled an inspirational eggplant. And to be honest... I LOVE it!
"Its sits so pretty on my desk next to two gnomes, a medal of Our Lady of Czestochowa which has Pope John Paul II on the other side (I'm a Polish Grandaughter!), and a golden "long life" Buddha, I received from a good friend."
NOTE: Though Carrie got this recently, it is an eggplant from the very first edition, made in 2004. They are no longer made like this one with the quotes glued on. Now the letters are recessed into the clay.
BLOG: She's Gone Wanderin'
Saturday, March 8, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Sara
EGGPLANT QUOTE: a real smart ass
COMMENTS: "I found a stray eggplant!
"I'd heard rumors of art*o*mat vending machines—old cigarette machines that have been revamped to dispense pieces of art, instead. Today I set off to find one. After much drama and adventure, I made it to the very place, and I bought not one, not two, but three pieces of art. From a vending machine. Because that is too darn cool to pass up.
"'a real smart ass' was the second thing I bought. I was the tiniest bit disappointed when I first saw the words on it. 'Smart ass' isn't really my language style, and I'd been hoping for something more quirky or inspirational... and less, well, smartass.
"But I've come to embrace it.
"I'm a nice person. To some people, it's almost frustrating how nice I am—and they take great delight in trying to get a rise out of me. I don't mind (which probably irks them more), but I see where they're coming from. I bite back probably ninety-five percent of my cynical, sarcastic, or off-color comments... So when I actually say something smartass, people tend to be shocked and think it's really out-of-character. (It's not.)
"And you know what? Their feigned dismay makes me feel guilty about making one comment of the kind they make regularly. That sucks, and I'm fed up with it.
"I'm keeping this little guy as a reminder that, yeah it's great to be the cheerful, sweet, loving person of the group. But it's just as damn fine to be myself.
"My adopted aubergine has found a loving home."
FLICKR PAGE: Photos from Sarajea
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Sierra
LOCATION: Sacramento, California
EGGPLANT QUOTE: nude photo
COMMENTS: "hey here's a picture of me and my eggplant that i got out of an art-o-matic machine at the crocker museum in sacremento. it sais 'nude photo' on it. thanks!"
Monday, February 11, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Sarah Kretz McDowell
LOCATION: Rock Island, Illinois
EGGPLANT QUOTE: live in mortal fear of tile
COMMENTS: "Since Eunice sought refuge in the bathroom, this location seemed appropriate. No snakes were harmed in the taking of this photo."
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
LOCATION: Northeast Iowa
EGGPLANT QUOTE: every body's fancy
COMMENTS: "Laura shared an eggplant with me after I participated in the 'Peace with Our Bodies' project. I am still not completely at peace with my body (but am still working on it), and it serves as a good reminder that—as Mr. Rogers used to sing— 'every body's fancy.'"
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
OWNER'S NAME: Barefoot Artist
LOCATION: Greenville, North Carolina
EGGPLANT QUOTE: kindred spirit
COMMENTS: The Barefoot Artist and the Eggplant Artist met on myspace and found one another to be "kindred spirits". In fact, they are planning to meet in person in February 2008 at a laughter yoga leader retreat in Wisconsin. They swapped art—the eggplant pictured above for a beautiful hand-dyed silk scarf featured on Laura's laughter yoga site.