Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fun-A-Day 2017!

Fun-A-Day: Do your fun thing every day in January!

Have you been brainstorming your Fun-A-Day 2017 project? Think you want to give it a shot? 

All are welcome. There are just two rules: 

1. Do something every day during the month of January that you think is fun! 
2. If it's not fun, make it fun, or put it down! 

At the end, we all get together for an art show (well, lots of us do, no pressure!). 

Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 Projects

Fun-A-Day 2016 

Fun-A-Day celebrated eight years of fun in 2016 with not one, but TWO shows, plus a mid-month hang-out/catch-up/craft-n-snack fest. Starting on January 1, we had a month long installation at Roboto where lots of people brought their past Fun-A-Day projects (in part or whole) to show off. It jump started everyone's cretivity and was the perfect place to meet up again for a half-way through check-in. Thanks to our friends at Roboto! 

The showcase of projects this year was at the crazy awesome TechShop in Bakery Square on February 6 and 7. Lots of space, lots of light and lots of good vibes. It was even one of NextPittsburgh's Top Ten Events NOT TO MISS in February! 

Great job to everyone who completed a little bit of Fun-A-Day 2016, did the whole shebang, and extra special great job to the people who volunteered to help too! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

That's a wrap on Fun-a-Day 2016!

Oh, you guys, this year's Fun-a-Day project was great! The exhibition was beautiful! TechShop was a wonderful host venue for us, and we installed about 30 projects in three rooms -- watercolors, pencil sketches, sewing and textiles, photos, poetry, fiction, video and song projects, stamping, laser cutting, sculpture and collage, tattooing! So many kinds of art represented here!

Here's a set of photos from the exhibition.

And here's a pretty dear article from the Pitt News about Fun-a-Day:

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Fun-a-Day 2016: One more day!

Which, by the way, made the top spot for Ten Pittsburgh Events Not to Miss in February, via Next Pittsburgh! Pretty rad!

And a former fun-a-dayer interviewed a current fun-a-dayer about his City Paper cover from earlier in the month. Check it out -- they know of each other via fun-a-day!

Fun-a-Day 2016: Two more days to go!

Today I'm so excited to give you a sweet little update from a project I saw in the early of the month but then didn't see any updates on for a while: Look at this lovely fat stack of illustrations and writing! I love a collaborative project!  Allison's drawing headstones from the Allegheny Cemetery, and John is writing a story to go with them.

Only two more days of this project to go, and then it's SHOW TIME!

Show details are this:

Opening reception is at TechShop on Saturday, February 6, from 6pm-9pm.
The show will remain on view until midnight Saturday night, and from 9am-midnight on Sunday, February 7.
Because TechShop is a working shop, you'll need to sign in when you get to the lobby.
FB event here! Invite yr pals!

See y'all next weekend!



Friday, January 22, 2016

Fun-a-day 2016: Three Weeks In!

We had a really great hangout on Saturday at Roboto, chatting about our projects, our processes, and coming up with ways we might display our work at the show. There is gonna be a lot of David Bowie represented in this year's show, you guys! (I am delighted by this.) Lots of sneak peaks of projects that aren't being posted online: Angela showed us how to do paper piecing for her fabric project, Lisa K showed us the bird book she's using as inspiration for daily writing, and Paulette revealed some of her daily comics. I can't wait for the rest of y'all to see 'em too!

Here's Bree's project. She's doing a quote a day on her cursive typewriter. She doesn't live in Pittsburgh anymore but still calls this fun-a-day project her homebase! <3 div="">

Anne's project remains Very Mysterious and I am extremely excited to see what unfolds here!

Crystal is doing a Tarot-based project that is also Very Mysterious and I can't wait to see more of it!

And Milo, who was initially shy about sharing his progress photos, has been doing daily prints, mostly collographs. These etched plexiglass pieces are totally blowing my mind.

As always, you can follow along with other peoples' projects:

We're close! I can taste it! Show info coming soon!



Friday, January 15, 2016

Fun-a-Day 2016, Day 15!

We're in my favorite part of the project right now: When it starts getting kind of hard, because we've used up our initial stash of ideas, and we are just winging it. Sometimes that means a day or two of totally phoning it in, and then BOOM, some wild thing comes out. This is where stuff starts getting super weird. It's great!

Super amped to see you guys for the hang sesh! Saturday (tomorrow!), 1-3, Roboto!

Now, let me show you what's happening around here!

Lisa -- a long-time fun-a-dayer with work in the retrospective show -- is doing a game-a-day project (http://freshsqueezedcreativejuices.tumblr.com/). She's aiming to be at the fun-a-day hang sesh with a game to play, so say hi and maybe you can get in on her project!

I just realized I haven't shared my project with you guys yet! My pal Sara and I are doing a collaborative project (http://fingerpuppets.tumblr.com/). We are each writing a story, prompted by a photo provided by the other person each day. It's been kind of weird and hard to learn how to drive a story forward just with a photo!

Amy's project is a photo portrait each day (https://www.instagram.com/amygarbark/). Here she bids farewell to David Bowie with a self-portrait.

Mary-Jane's doing a photo-a-day project as well, with her new Instax camera. Here's one she shared! I am really enjoying that what I get to show you is a photo of a photo.

Chin up, friends! The sun peaked out today, if ever so weakly, and there are just buckets and buckets of creativity all up in this town!

Aaaaaaaaand as always, you can follow along with other peoples' projects: