|Forum topic by Mark Kornell||posted 10-14-2015 03:09 AM||6060 views||4 times favorited||284 replies|
10-14-2015 03:09 AM
Alrighty, then. The votes are in and we are doing a shop art swap. Here’s the important stuff:
If this is your first swap, the way it works is everyone makes one of the category, in this case shop art. Then, a few weeks before the mailing date, everyone will receive the name of another participant to whom the completed item will be sent. Postage is the responsibility of the sender. We usually have a few folks from outside the USA participate (me, for instance), and I will attempt to keep the cross-border shipping to a minimum.
Rules for this swap
- Teaser shots are allowed, but please do not post full in-progress or finished pics until after the reveal date.
What is Shop Art
I think Art falls into the category of “I know it when I see it”. Which probably means that everyone will have their own expectation from this swap. I looked at several dictionaries for a definition and they all say something a bit different. Not contradictory, just different. The one I like best is from the OED: “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”.
As far as the Shop aspect of the swap, I’m going with “produced in your shop, and/or intended to be displayed in your shop”.
I don’t want to get into the definition any more than that, except to make two points:
- I think most of us would consider something like a bronze Lie-Nielsen 4 ½ to be a work of art of the highest order. But I also think most of us would recognize that the primary purpose of a 4 ½ is to be a tool. Keep in mind that the primary purpose of what you are making is to express your creativity is an aesthetic manner. Your item may be functional, but unlike previous swaps, shouldn’t be a functional tool. This is the anti-tool swap.
- The possibilities are endless. Use your creativity. And if you think you don’t have any, get lost in Google for a few hours looking for inspiration!
How to sign up
Post below letting me know that you are in and then send me a PM containing the following information:
I’ll confirm your entry into the swap by email, but it may take a couple of days.
In order to participate, you need to adhere to the dates below. Failure to do so will result in you getting dropped from the swap. If you can’t make one of the dates, please make sure to notify me via PM immediately so that I can update my swap spreadsheet.
(Thanks to Ripthorn – some of the verbiage in this post was plagiarized from his post on the previous swap)
-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design