With six days left before the challenge begins, three things have been filling my mind.
First is immense gratitude for being surrounded by such generous, creative people. I’ve already received almost a year’s worth of project ideas (don’t let that stop you from submitting more!), been written about on a stranger’s blog, and been offered gallery/performance/studio/workshop space! Even the butterflies in my stomach are humbled and inspired. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Along with all these ideas have come lots of questions that have sent my mind buzzing. What if I’m super-busy one week? What if there are lots of materials that take more than a week to track down? What if I can’t figure out how to make something? Needless to say, the evolution and process of working through this year will be a project unto itself.
With these in mind, here are some new thoughts. Your input is, as always, appreciated:
1) It’s come to my attention that a lot of these projects require materials (obvious!). A big part of this year is learning how to make things rather than buy them, so as much as possible, the materials I use will be reclaimed, recycled, re-used, etc. Want to help? Check out Materials Wish List for a list of items needed for upcoming projects. I’m also going to start pulling the projects out of the hat a week in advance, to allow time for tracking down materials and instructions. Stay tuned for the announcement of Project #1, coming to a blog near you tomorrow.
2) A lot of these projects involve time spent alone doing repetitive actions. Like the rag-rug I’m making right now (7 hours of braiding scraps of materials together later, and I’m only half-way there). Any suggestions of good podcasts, books-on-tape, films, or other forms of education/entertainment to keep me engaged are very welcome.
3) I think there has to be some sort of time-involved gradient for the projects, so that on weeks when my mom is visiting, I have 5 papers due, the house needs to be painted AND I’m scheduled to paddle across the Bering Strait, I can take something a little smaller on. But, well, naming things “easy” “medium” and “hard” just seems boring… What do you think?
On that note, the last thing on my mind is how many half-done projects I have sitting around that I am determined to finish up before Monday. Rag-rug making here I come…