August 26th, 2010
everything is beautiful

I received an email from Chuck Duffie who recently completed an exercise from How to be an Explorer of the World with his two daughters. The exercise involves photographing the cracks in the sidewalk. I am so in love with what they did with it! They printed out the collage and framed it for their wall. Brilliant!

Aug 26 2010
1:38 pm
Chuck Duffie writes:

This exercise really helped my daughters see the world in a new way. As they snapped away, they talked about the sidewalk cracks like works of art, using words like “interesting” and “beautiful” to talk about cement! After about 15 minutes, they turned their cameras on bushes, then trees and, finally, pointed their cameras straight up and started snapping pics of the sky. They had a great time!

Aug 27 2010
7:26 am
amandajayne writes:

most excellent and so beautiful!

Aug 27 2010
10:14 am
Ramona writes:

what a dad!

Aug 27 2010
10:29 pm
Sharon writes:

Hello, Keri

I found an artist who talks about having her rules to break the rules. She is young and full of life.

If you have computer play time, consider visiting:
Oregon Art Beat. Type Jennifer Mercede into the search box.

She is so you.

Enjoy your first year as a college professor. I root for you from the side lines of an older middle-age woman.


Aug 28 2010
10:21 pm
Chalaundrai writes:

I am going to be going to be doing my practicum as a student teacher in November and I am going to try to use this somehow in my lesson planning. Thank-you!

Aug 30 2010
9:36 am
nina writes:

I love the way kids just “get it”, the way they seem to be born knowing that of course the cracks in the cement are cool…and don’t forget the sky! Sweet share. Thanks!

Aug 30 2010
10:54 am
Folkscallmejonny writes:

Concrete should be part of every foundation course. (Followed by a damp-proof course).
This really cracked me up.

Aug 31 2010
12:09 pm
Susanne writes:

I love that the result is so gorgeous – I spent a lot of time looking at each photo and then going outside and looking at my sidewalk. Beautiful.

Sep 1 2010
11:54 am
Catalina writes:

Love it! by the way I’m waiting for my ‘How to be an Explorer of the World’ copy! so excited about it! :)

Sep 2 2010
4:21 am
chiqui writes:

this is so inspiring

Sep 5 2010
8:56 am
Diana Philip writes:

A friend just sent me this collection to go with my own shots of sidewalk patterns. Our town is full of such gems and it’s fun to see that others appreciate them as well.

Sep 5 2010
9:26 pm
handmadecharlotte writes:

hi! i love it! glad i found your blog! i have written to you before! i will return! i love the cracks! rachel

Sep 6 2010
9:05 pm
Lani writes:

Oh my gosh, yes!!!
This is wonderful!
Thanks so much for posting!
Now to go outside!

Sep 7 2010
9:43 am
DeAnn writes:

Very creative! I just picked up MESS and cannot wait to get going making one.

Sep 7 2010
10:52 am
kayla writes:

that’s a great poster, keri! i did a concrete walk last year too, and collected all the ‘love’ people scribbled on the cement. you’re most welcomed to see them here:

Sep 12 2010
8:00 pm
jordyn writes:

This is cool there is an artist out there i heard about that makes paintings with spray bottles!!! :D

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