This series was created in the spring of 2012 for my senior thesis exhibition at Concordia University, Nebraska. Each portrait is created using simple brown packing paper, which is commonly found as a filler in boxes and certainly not a precious material. It is ultimately destined for the trash can, or the recycling bin if it's lucky. Sometimes other people, or even ourselves, can seem common and unimportant, not valuable. However, I have taken this material and contrasted it with hand stitched golden halos. Gold is the opposite of the paper, a precious material and highly valued, and the painstaking work which created the detailed stitchery gives honor to the importance of the individuals bearing them. The people in these portraits are not saints or Biblical heroes, as one would expect to find wearing a halo; they are students, queers, blue-collar workers. In short, they are common, and may seem unimportant. But just like the brown paper was repurposed into something beautiful and valuable, even everyday people can be transformed into something precious and important.