Though my drawing a day project has once again fizzled, I have in fact been making art nearly every day. When I started the project, my intention was to do all kinds of work, showing progress, drawings, sketches, and finished work as it went on.
But as the project went on, my parameters got more and more narrow. First, somehow, I decided it had to be a drawing. Then I decided it had to be a drawing on a particular size of paper. But as an artist, I’m all over the place. I do several bodies of work in several media all the time. All those limitations are not how I work, but somehow I talked myself slowly into that consistency and regularity.
Some of the work that I do as an artist is less photographic. Like the above shot, a photogenic rearrangement of something much less exciting to look at: making the “paints” for my “paintbox.” Each sheet has to be torn and in order to use them more efficiently be rolled into a ball so when it comes to making the carpet, no detangling is needed.
In any case, I wanted to outline for you some of what I’ve been working on, though each of these things will get more attention as time goes on this summer, perhaps you would like to know the whole list of “what’s up” in Adventurous Art land.
Recycle Ann Arbor had an Earth Day Art Contest, and my “Sun Rug” was selected to be a finalist. Though the turnout was small, I stuck around for the Public Reception and made some good connections to people in the community.
My small success in that contest persuaded me to shoot higher and I’ve been working on a proposal for a larger series of rag carpets to be displayed in narrative series from Cloud, to Rain, to Rainbow, to Sun. The first proposal contains some mistakes and omissions, so we will see. In either case, I’m excited about the project and you will see some progress shots soon.
One person I met through the program was the Outreach and Zero-Waste coordinator for RAA with whom I’m coordinating the translation of some of their materials about how to recycle in Ann Arbor into Spanish. It’s cool to get to do some translation work, if only as a volunteer.
She also introduced me to someone at the Ecology Center, and I’m volunteering with them to do an interactive recycled art table at the Eco-Ride on June 23 at Riverside Park in Ann Arbor. Yes, Ann Arbor, not Ypsi. I’m going to do a whole entry about this since I made them a video and I think you’ll enjoy our project, even if you can’t attend the Eco-Ride.
Another of the people I met through the Recycle Ann Arbor Earth Day Contest was the director of FLY Art Center, an Ypsi organization that does outreach to under-served public school children. We met up and I’m going to teach some “Studio Skills” classes (one about no-sew upcycled t-shirts, and one about rag rug coasters or placemats), and do some volunteering for them in their outreach and public programs.