Monday, March 31, 2014

The Traveling Journal

I have a friend who moved to California a few years ago.  She and I are sending a journal back and forth between us as a way to keep in touch. It takes us each about a month (or more) to complete a page and then return the journal so it will be a while before we fill up the book!
This journal was made by my
BFF using a file folder.
I made the first page and sent
it to my friend.
She made the next page - song
lyrics and quotes all about friendship.
For my next page I decided to use a collage and paint technique I saw on a Cloth Paper Scissors video.  I also used a Jane Davenport stencil for the face.  
Phase 1: collage

The final product
I wrote on the hair - "She dreamt of home and the people left behind."  My friend moved away from her family and she misses them very much.  I'm sending the journal off today. I hope she likes this page and I can't wait to get the journal back (no pressure though, in case she is reading this).

- christina

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I Can't Stand It Anymore!

I am so sick and tired of winter that I can hardly bear another cold day.  Just when the snow finally melted, after what seemed like 6 months, it snowed again.  I can barely remember what the warmth of the sun feels like.  I need to see bright colors again.  I will have to turn to the internet to remind me of spring.
John Benson,
I hope it's warm and colorful wherever you are.
- christina

Monday, March 10, 2014

Success and Failure

Recently my friend and I held an art fundraiser.  We prepared an event involving 6 artists teaching various projects throughout the day with part of the proceeds benefiting a local charity.  Well, that was the plan at least.  The plan didn’t exactly work out that way.
Our event was almost cancelled about a week before the date.  Very few people had signed up, so it became cost prohibitive to even hold the event.  I felt that the universe was telling us to cancel the fundraiser, but my partner said we had come too far.  She convinced me that we should forge ahead and take a risk.  She was right!  During the last week before the event our attendance doubled.  We shortened the day and reduced the number of artists resulting in a much smaller event.  Ultimately, we were able to cover our expenses and raise $500 for the charity.

Which brings me to the subject of success and failure.  In a way, our event was a failure because it was so much smaller than what we had originally planned (about 80% smaller).  However, we were able to donate money to the charity and all of the attendees had a lovely time.  It was clearly a success when measured by the participant and artist feedback. 

Success is defined as accomplishing a goal, having a “favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.”  What was the goal of our art fundraiser? The goals were to bring a community of women together to explore creativity and to raise money for a local charity.  My friend and I accomplished both.  It would have felt like failure to cancel the event, so I am very glad my friend convinced me to continue with our endeavor.

I find it difficult to feel successful when creating art, so the fundraiser was a good opportunity to have clear goals that resulted in definite accomplishments. We hope to hold 2 more similar events this year, bigger and better each time.  I am confident now that each one will be a success.

- christina