Here's a view of the inside of our studio for the day.
Tables were set with all sorts of materials - scraps of wood and wooden objects...
...many different kinds of paper including different designs, textures and images...
...and a table full of recycled containers and other bits and pieces (imagine a huge junk drawer)...
there were also many kinds of glue, hand-held power tools, books for inspiration, wire, metal, paint, a rich selection of open-ended found materials.
For the morning I enjoyed the invitation to walk around and find something that spoke to me and then just to play with putting materials together. In the photo below the lower piece of wood was the first one I picked up. I liked how it sort of suggested a screen and buttons but in a very low tech way. I made the screen part into a colorful collage and added additional buttons and collage elements.
The second round piece of wood was a sort of decorative plate. Here I returned to a familiar theme and created a color wheel using buttons I brought along for the day.
For the afternoon, I worked with the box, adding decorations and a door to create an Art Box. My neighborhood had two Little Free Libraries within walking distance and a nearby neighborhood plans to install additional sites. I have been thinking for a while about something similar for an art exchange. That was the inspiration for the Art Box.
The inside of the box is still empty. I plan to add the color wheel mounted in the back along with some small shelves and a note encouraging people to participate in an art exchange.
It needs a bit of work to be ready for mounting and will live under the covered portico at St Aidan's for starters. As I tell people about the idea, I get different questions - Does it have to be finished art? What about bags of supplies for kids to take home and make something? What if someone takes everything? How will you know who got what you put in? How will people know they can participate?
Clearly I have some details to think through but I look forward to trying it and will share some of the stories of what I learn in a future post.
It was lovely to be in a space as a maker with other makers. Our reflection at the end focused on the nurturing energy of sharing time, space and materials for this creative work. I was honored to hear the stories others shared about their creations and to get to share my process as well.