RA Pocket Shrines – or RAPS, as I call them – are a fandom love project that has blossomed from its original conception as a RA Valentine gift in February 2014. Far from mocking any real, religious experience, the RAPS are meant as a keepsake and handy mood-booster for instant uplift whenever and wherever a RA fan might need such. They are designed to be carried in a handbag or even a pocket, something to hold on to when things are going bad, or something to steal a look at when a bit of
drool cheer is wanted.
All shrines are one-of-a-kind objects, there are no two identical ones. If they are not made with a particular recipient in mind, I usually raffle them off on my blog or on Tumblr and Twitter. A number of them were auctioned for charity, too. (I do not hold on to them myself; I do not own a RAPS, they are all intended for other fans.) Since a moderate demand for the shrines developed, I also take commissions – as creative exchanges, in exchange of a pressie from the commissioner, or as a monetary exchange. In that case, you can stipulate character, size of tin, colour schemes, theme, favourite photographs – or leave it all up to me. For particulars, you can get in touch with me via the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Read more about this project below the gallery…
From the start, recycling and repurposing has been a strong part of the project, using mainly upcycled objects – as well as iconic images – or bits and bobs that the generous and kind supporters of my project have sent me. Mint and cigarette tins, compacts and any other lidded containers are the basis of the shrines that are then filled and decorated with images of chaRActers. They usually contain a slot for a little candle and always come with the trademark disco ball for the added bit of irony. Because that’s what this project is about – spreading some fun and cheer, and making light of our shared admiration for the work and talent of the man who has inspired the RAPS.
The individual shrines are usually a stand-alone piece of fan art, each containing one little scenario that represents a chaRActer. But I have also experimented with creating a multi-shrine body of work to represent a whole story-arc, and the Red Dragon series of shrines created for RA’s stint as Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal is the first attempt at such. Each shrine consists of images from one episode of Hannibal only and refers back to particularly evcative scenes from the respective episode. Together, they are a collection of Dolarhyde’s stand-out moments from episode 3×08 through 3×13. You can see them in the slide-show below:
On a personal level, this project has not only become a creative outlet for myself and injected a new, fun approach to my own photography, but has been a starting point for (more) personal communication between myself and other fans. It is this interaction that is most precious to me (even though I have loved every single gift I have received in the course of this project so far), and that is gratifying to an addictive degree. Thank you to all of you who are continuing to give me so much pleasure! Little did I know that the pleasure of my blog title would become so tangible. I am Guylty. But not guilty ❤
Here is a thank you project I created on the basis of a poem:
For more images of the individual shrines presented in this continually added-to gallery (top), you can look through the Pocket Shrine category here. Feel free to leave me feedback or to get in touch via the individual comments underneath each individual RAPS image. (Click on the pictures to see a massive version of them.)
PS: If you would like a shrine of your own, please get in touch with me (contact form below). I am sure we can suss out a deal.
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