ART Project

“In everybody’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner fire.”~ Albert Schweitzer


Three separate things have been floating around in my head for awhile and have finally found a place to settle, each one like a dropped bread crumb leading me toward my next adventure.

  • This quote from a book titled al*pha*bet*i*ca: ‘What would happen if a group of artists collaborated on a project…each artist creating a journal that would travel the country and be added to by other artists?”
    Yes, what would happen….?
  • Another crumb from something posed in the book, Good Mail Day: “Do you know why no one gets mail anymore? Because no one sends mail anymore.”
    How true that is….
  • And the final piece came from a blog post I stumbled upon called ‘The Diy Postcard Swap.’ IIn her words: “I created it because I love mail art, mixed media, handmade postcards and sharing creativity. You get to create something beautiful, spread the joy of creativity, get something fun in your mailbox and connect with people from all around the globe.”

That’s why I started the Artistic Road Trip (ART) Project. The idea of a handful of artists collaborating on the same theme through the mail in a variety of mediums, the challenge of adding one’s own style to fit the concept of someone else’s project, is exciting. And for an unforgettable finale, everyone involved ends up with a piece that has traveled through the hands and minds of others, some whom we may have never even met, telling different stories on a topic shared by all.

Here’s how these desires coalesced in my head to create a collaborative experience.

– I picked a broad and open-ended theme
– Each person creates a vehicle* of their choice which will take the artistic journey
– Each piece will travel, collecting entries by all the other artists before arriving back home
(*be it a journal (handmade, store-bought, etc), a box (lunch, cigar, etc), canvases, film canisters)

The road trip has begun with 10 collaborators. Depending on feedback from the artists on the experience I may do this again once the maiden A.R.T. Project is finished.

The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.”
—Thomas Carlyle