February 18th, 2007

1. Find a found photo either of people or a place you know nothing about.
2. Make as many connections as you can between you and the photo.
(click image for a larger version)
*this was much harder than i thought it would be.
*photo found at an antique store in downtown troy.

February 16th, 2007

The exercise for today on the connections theme:
1. Find four photos/imagery you find interesting.
2. Go to the library and write down the titles of the first four books with red covers.
3. Relate the titles to the photos.
process: I found just doing step one was useful in creating some intriguing connections. juxtaposing the images creates a tension and the brain attempts to create meaning from the combinations. after putting the grid together i felt that this was interesting on it’s own without the titles.
description of images:
1. antique postcard from dieppe, france.
2. wooden beads found in a junk shop that I keep in a jar on my desk.
3. shoe box.
4. trees in my backyard. (photo by jeff pitcher)
book titles:
1. Women in Dada
2. the Arts in higher education
3. Art & Culture
4. Performance
(next time I will pick books from different sections.)

February 15th, 2007

“A longing for excitement can be satisfied without external means, within oneself; for creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.” ~Anni Albers (wife of josef albers)
my theme for this week is “connections”. i admit to having no idea how this one will play out (which is a good thing). the above image (click for the full version) is my personal research from the last six months, and while it is not linear, it documents the movement of my brain and how everything is linked in some way.
I would like to remind people that this series of works are part of create a thing a day month. They are created in the spirit of play, experimentation and investigation, and in most cases done in 20 minutes or less a day, (though a couple took longer than this). I am hoping to push myself into some new and interesting places with it, and I want to allow my ideas/thoughts to grow and expand as I go.

February 14th, 2007

this one was inspired by an article that I read (i can’t recall the source), about a housing complex that installed the electricity meters beside the front door on all of the houses. which resulted in energy costs being reduced by 30% by all tennants. the idea being, if you are aware of how you impact the world you are more likely to alter behaviours.
so i created a dish soap bottle that is covered in statistics about water pollution, and the impact of chemicals on human beings and the environment. just so i am a little more aware each time I reach for the container.
statistics source: Naturally Clean by Jeffrey Hollender
the website for the creative act has changed to http://thing-a-day.com

February 13th, 2007

chalkboard surface
change the message whenever you want.
claim your food.
leave love notes.
record purchase date.
make a rating scale.
track consumption.

February 12th, 2007

arrive on time AND with fresh breath.

February 11th, 2007

partake in practicle acts while eating your breakfast.

February 10th, 2007

Unbranding theme:
Who needs children’s toys when you can just cover up your household goods with these handy skins?
hours of fun.

February 9th, 2007

The ideas are just starting to really get going with this, so many possibilities.
wait til tomorrow.

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