10.01.2010

collaboration : next ...?

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm looking forward to starting a new collaboration project for the month of October and would love it if you joined me. I love hearing other people's ideas as they break you out of your routine thinking and challenge you to think about your work in a new light. To inspire you, I've thrown in some amazing "outside of the box" artwork to get your mind in gear!

Jantze Tullett (left) and Masami Akasuka courtesy of Neest (right).
I've been doing collaborations for three years and have found perameters work wonders. Here are the ones I've found that encourage creative thinking without taking away from your main work:
  • Have a common theme. It can be anything. It creates a tie between the collaborators yet provides a challenge to think outside of the box on something new and different.
  • Keep the size small. This allows you to work fast and not feel bad if you end up not liking the piece.
  • Have a start and end date. One month doesn't seem so daunting and by the end of the month you often find you've exhausted the idea.
  • No set quantity. Some people do lots and lots, some people do a few but you're respecting your work patterns and not setting yourself up for disappointment.

Artwork by Emily Payne (left)  and Ernest Jolly (right).
I am hoping you'll join me on this month's project and help me hash out a theme. I will set up an email list so we can share ideas back and forth as needed and hope you'll post your work on your blog to spread the creative vibe. I will create blog/website links for everyone to share. Now, ideas! I would love to hear some of yours. I have a long list but two that come to my mind are: coaster (as in the ones pictured above from Neest) and the word through. Let's hear yours!

Here are links to the artists pictured above: Jantze Tullett, Masami Akasuka, Emily Payne and Ernest Jolly.

12 comments:

threebysea said...

Love your theme ideas and would love to follow along!
I just began a similar feature on my blog yesterday, but the inspiration changes weekly and is aimed at generating ideas that may or may not end in a finished project. You're welcome to check it out- http://www.threebysea.com/three_by_sea/2010/9/30/youre-invited-to-find-inspiraton-in.html

Sophie Truong said...

would love a raincheck on this one.. too much on my plate right now, but hopefully another time?

Chantal said...

I would love to join in on some side stitch activity soon. Tomorrow I start Bootcamp 2 with Pikaland but any time after that finishes could be suitable.

WSAKE said...

i love the coaster idea! it´s a perfect small project!

barbara@sparrowavenue said...

found you at Bookhou: great idea about a remnant swap. Somehow it ties in with the collaborative idea.
I'd also like to thank you for the images of J. Tullett.

kathrynclark said...

Thanks everyone for your interest! I will send all those interested in this month's project an email soon and we can get started. Chantal and Sophie, I hope to do this every month so there will be plenty of time to join in later!

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

Hi Kathryn, I love to do a collaboration project!
I think I have to wait till next month when I'm fully moved to my new studio.

Ani said...

Hi Kathryn, I wish I could do this with you right now but it's impossible. I would love a raincheck too!

vyogini said...

kathryn,

i must admit i just recently discovered your work and have been very much inspired. i love the idea of joining in on the collaboration whatever the theme may be. at present i'm interested in the notion of building/blocks, what we make and the materials we use to construct our work, etc.

kathrynclark said...

Vyogini, send me your email address and I'll add you to our group. We just chose a theme for the month and hope to start on Monday!

Sophie Truong said...

oh boy... what's the theme? temptation, temptation...

Jess said...

I've been a little MIA but I'm finally catching up on blogs and Pika people. I love the parameters you laid out (small and central theme) I've also got a lot on my plate right now but would love to collaborate/join in on another month! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

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