A gif of the exhibition title, Ambrosia, in Hoss Sharp with various glyphs and images shuffling and replacing random letters in the word.

Alice Steffler

A glyph of a crayon.

Emotional Ties

Throughout the past 4 years, I have been actively trying to heal my mental health and overall wellbeing. Emotional Ties is a card game that I developed to help myself and others do regular check-ins with our feelings and emotions. These regular check-ins can help to establish patterns in our own emotional volatility, following a set of four symbols that make a gradient from calm to passionate in emotional range. The cards themselves are divided into 8 categories of interpretive images that you choose based on what imagery relates to you in that moment.

In companion to the card deck, an app exists to act as a tracker for these check-ins as well as provide other resources such as a space to digitally journal and option to share those notes, a habit tracker that doesn’t make you feel bad for skipping a habit occasionally, and more! Users can watch as a cozy safe space builds up on the navigation page, from where users can decide what resources they want to utilize inside of the app that day. The navigation page gets cozier each time the user enters the app and provides for a comfier environment to explore emotional needs that may arise from regular card gameplay.

A yellow image with the words “Emotional Ties” in the middle, surrounded by a circle that ties off on the bottom. There are small black symbols in the four corners of the image. Small wavy lines sit in the top left corner, a small wavy double circle sits in the top right corner, a filled-in star-shaped polygon with eight spikes sits in the bottom left corner, and a filled-in triangle sit in the bottom right corner. Each symbol flashes in a clockwise rotation.
Handwritten signature from Alice Steffler in black.