Two of my friends and I have embarked on a collaboration project and I am very excited about it. First, because I’ve wanted to collaborate with other artists and have tried at times, but my attempts never fell on fertile soil until now. Secondly, both friends are amazing artists – one paints and the other is a collage and mixed media artist – so I know I will not only enjoy the process but also learn and grow from what happens. And end up with a beautiful creation they both lent their time and talents to.
So, here’s what we’ve come up with. Each of us will create an item of our own choosing. We will then hand it to the next person who will embellish it and add the artistic elements of their choosing. The second person then hands the item to the third person for them to further enhance. Each item then goes back to its original owner altered in some way by the hands of the other two artists.
Everyone created their item and we made the first hand-off. We made the exchange at lunch and everyone was excited to see what they would get to work with and also had questions about any constraints or limitations the originator felt strongly about.
The collage shown above is what I received. I think it is beautiful and I can’t wait to work with it. I have an idea and I’m trying not to think too much about what the next person will do with it. I want to add elements that honor it and express my point of view and where I am artistically right now.
A surprise occurred when the second friend also brought something for me to work with – a button she had painted on, some handmade paper, and a bit of raffia. I’ve got an idea for it too that I’m excited about.
And here is the item I made and handed off. It’s a copper rectangle with a second piece of copper that has a flowered pattern on it. I really can’t wait to see it at the second hand-off and to get it back after the third. OK, I really want all three pieces to come back to me, my two friends have said – no way.
I’ll put up photos of the collaboration project as it moves through the two phases and just enjoy the process however it goes. I’ve already learned something from it. I realize that I tried to exert some level of control in what came back to me. I’ve let that go and am open to whatever occurs.
I hope we do this again. It feels good and true.