I’ve had oodles of photos I’ve taken of firefighter related things throughout the 14 years I’ve been married to a fireman. I’ve never known quite what to do with them. As a family, we’ve collected firefighter memorabilia for years and I’ve always thought there would be a cool way to take this stuff and display it. I’ve always wanted to take my photos and do something more than just frame them in a pretty frame and put them in our fire ‘area’ in our house. I wanted to MAKE ART with it.
This is the resulting piece. One of my own distinct-style shadow boxes;
only this time much larger than what I originally make them at 3 x 3
inches. This one is 9 x 9 inches! I love this piece and it is hard to
part with it, but I want to take this art and give it a greater cause.
When this art is purchased through my Etsy shop, I will donate 100% of
the proceeds to Denis Leary’s The Leary Firefighter’s Foundation.
In Journal Revolution, Linda and Karen say to visually express the true
noise, colors, clutter, emotions and the people within us. This piece
was easy to create because fire is a part of my life, and my life most
of the time—revolves around the fire service in one way or another.
They tell us to drop right in to the deepest part of our noise and
clutter, and create from our inner city. My inner city usually has
sirens and lights and smells like smoke, can you tell that in this
The Leary Firefighters Foundation was founded in 2000 by actor Denis
Leary in response to a fire that broke out in an abandoned warehouse in
downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, his hometown, in December of 1999.
Over 75 firefighters ran into what some have called "the perfect fire"
and six of them never came out. One was Denis' first cousin, Jerry
Lucey and another Lt. Tommy Spencer, was a childhood friend and high
school classmate. In an effort to find a positive way to deal with this
overwhelming loss, Denis established The Leary Firefighters Foundation
in the spring of 2000. The Leary Firefighters Foundation is dedicated
to providing fire departments with funding and resources for up-to-date
equipment and training.
In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, The Leary Firefighters
Foundation established The Fund for New York's Bravest to raise money
for the families of the 343 firefighters who perished in the line of
The Leary Firefighters Foundation remains dedicated to keeping the
needs of firefighters in the forefront of the country's awareness and
to upholding our pledge to provide them with funding and resources to
acquire the tools necessary to maintain the highest level of public
Marissa spends most of her time with a mouse in her right hand, using
her left hand to give her 5 year old a marker to draw with, while
simultaneously yelling at her 2 year old to “Get down!” When she’s not
home doing that she is at work, crafting books for all to read (and
make things!) as Managing Designer for the North Light Craft books
imprint at F+W Publications. When she isn’t staring longingly into a
screen with an Apple in the top left corner, she likes to look at the
back of a camera and take pictures. Someday, she hopes to find a way to
do both (design and take pictures) for her own little set of clients. In the wee hours of the night, when all is quiet, Marissa writes a blog.
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