Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Meeting at MCBA Sunday, June 23 from 2-4pm

Meeting: Several of you have expressed interest in discussing your ideas related to this project with other participants. I started this blog as a virtual way to do this, and now I've scheduled a time when anyone who is interested can meet in person. I'd like to invite you to meet at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in the Bindery on Sunday, June 23 from 2-4pm. This should be good timing, as it is about a month before a digital image of a working proof is due. As a reminder, here are the important dates for this project:

July 26, 2013: Digital image of working proof, bio and artist statement due

October 25, 2013: Final prints and $50 fee due
January 10, 2014: Books mailed to participants and possible exhibition.

Agenda for the meeting: Please let me know if you have anything else you'd like to add to the agenda.
2:00pm Brief introductions and quick clarifications of technical details.
2:15 Discussing questions in groups of 2 or 3.
2:30 Sharing and discussing as a large group.
3-4pm Time to share sketches and get feedback or suggestions.

RSVP: If you are planning on coming, please email me to let me know. This will give me an idea of how many people to expect. If you are not interested or not able to come, no need to respond unless you want to send in your own thoughts to be shared at the meeting.

Questions to discuss: I'd like to prepare for this meeting by asking all of you to share a question or two with the group that you'd like to hear other participants' answers to. You may email me directly with these questions, or post them to our blog. If you'd like, you can also begin to answer and discuss these questions on the blog. Please share your questions by June 16, so I can send out a list of questions to everyone to consider before the meeting. If you have discovered in your research any really tantalizing articles, poems, images, or links that you want to share with the group in order to discuss at the meeting, please share them in our blog or send me those links or attachments by June 16 as well. Also, if you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to bounce your thoughts off of others in the group, you may send me (or post on the blog) your answer to a question or two that interests you.

Here are some of my questions that I'd love to hear some of your thoughts in response to, and I look forward to adding more questions from the group to this list:

  • What does it mean to you to be collaborating with this group of women?
  • What would you like to learn or receive from the others?
  • What would you like to share of yourself with the group?
  • How does this project relate to your other artwork and interests?
  • What topics are you researching in preparation for your print?
  • How are you interpreting the proportions of dark and light visually and conceptually?
  • What thoughts or concerns do you have about making something that will be understood in the context of 28 other prints that you haven't seen yet?
  • What is significant to you about what it means to be female and experience the rhythm of the lunar cycle?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for this project?
  • Who do you imagine to be the ideal audience for this project?

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