I met LorriMarie at Art is Petaluma, and we knew immediately we must be Twins Separated at Birth. See?
LorriMarie told me about a mixed-media art project she’s doing, raising funds for it through Kickstarter. I wish I’d known about it last month and could have told you earlier; the bad news is that it expires today if the goal isn’t reached. But you can still contribute–she’s 1/3 of the way there already: read LorriMarie’s explanation and then go here to donate.
Just a quick introduction, I am LorriMarie. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend to many. But what makes all these roles more fulfilling in my life is that I am an ARTTIST! I spend most of my waking hours tucked away in my delicious studio surrounded by fun music and more mixed media supplies than you can imagine. Fabric, vintage books, paints, old photographs…well…you get the picture.
There is a saying, ‘when one door slams shut find a window and fly out of it’, well, okay, I made that last part up. But that is kind of my motto. A year ago I severely injured my back and literally could not get out of bed for weeks. I started creating what I called ‘Bed Art’. My bed became my temporary studio. But then came THE BLOCK. We all know how much energy it takes to be blocked. What is an artist to do? So I launched a Kickstarter Project to help me through. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lorrimarie/unblocking-my-arteries) Ah, to have the freedom to create a bunch of silly artwork and not have to worry about where I am going to store it, right? I started playing with different techniques and projects that I just gave away, about 150 of them to be exact. Now that is a delicious way to break through an artist’s block!
I found this process so successful that I have decided to launch another project through Kickstarter to help other artists through a non-creative time. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lorrimarie/guerilla-art-public-project-gapp Nothing is more inspiring than being around other playful artists that are surrounded with fun supplies, that are free to create whatever they choose. So when you gather 50 artists and they are all busy making different art pieces, what do you do with that art? Give it away. Yes, give it away! The goal is to have 1,000 pieces of small art at the end of 90 days. Then we will hit the streets of small communities in California and place these gems on parked cars…now that will be a party!
So a quick recap. Artists get stuck for many reasons. They want to make meaningful art with a message. They are afraid to try something new because they want even the first effort with new techniques to be perfect. I am offering them a creative place to play with others, to try new mediums and techniques and to not get attached to the final product. To enjoy the journey! Then celebrate this journey by brightening up the world by adorning parked cars with small art. This is a total ‘win-win’ in my book.
Make playing a top priority in you day today…the world will be a better place because you did!
Ricë also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.
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