this isnt right. this heat, in Ireland. its just not right. i love this country for its overcast skies and rainy days. i love it because its not too hot and not too cold…..not this week. id swear i was back home in Canada except, no central air conditioning! huge bummer. it makes for sleepless nights and long hot sweaty days.
oh well. it cant last forever :) my rainy days will come back soon and all will be right in the world.
last weekend was amazing and exhausting and frustrating. the last 6 months have been spent chasing down artists and crafters to donate pieces of work to a community art project a friend of mine came up with to help spread art and craft deeper into the community. into homes that may not have had the experience otherwise. its definitely been a labour of love. lots of time spent practically begging for free stuff which can be tough in the art community but , i found, very easy within the crafting community.
id say almost all of the crafters i communicated with directly actually donated something bar one or two. and out of the artists, maybe only a third of the ones i spoke with did the same. its interesting. im not sure why that is.
anyway, we ended up collecting just over 50 pieces of art & craft from the international and local communities. i was blown away with the amount of effort put into each piece. really, it was inspiring. to see how much time and effort people had spent on a donated piece of their work. all we could give them was advertising. hand out their business cards and spread the word as far as possible….and they were happy with that. happy to have their item go to someone who loved it, who may never have had the chance of owning something like it.
so the deal with the project is its held during the Ennis Street Festival in early July. we posted little black bomb signs all over town centre that said ‘free art’ on them and then directed them to our tent set up in a certain area, where they could bring their bomb and trade it in for a piece of art or craft on display.
we chose which pieces to display each day so we would have a broad choice of items, from soft toys to sketches to melted crayon art and jewellery! we really had something for everyone. everyone was so appreciative bar a few greedy people who thought they could take as many bombs as they could find for themselves..ya in your dreams, go away. of course, we were much more diplomatic than that :)
nevermind the jerks, the majority were fantastic and supportive and understanding and happy to get something for free….something they loved!
i feel so fortunate to have been a part of this project. if youre on facebook check us out, The Art Bomb Project. we have loads of photos from the weekend being posted this week.
maybe we can inspire others to do something similar in their communities :)
now back to that darn table runner…still 24 squares to crochet!