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!