52 collages – #1

I asked the Facebook Hive a couple weeks ago if anyone is doing a daily or a weekly or a monthly art project for 2018. I find I always have the ambition to take on the world in January and it’s easy for me to over commit but I still can’t help myself. I’m always longing for the structure of a regular art making schedule. 

Kimberly Baxter Packwood mentioned that she is participating in Jeanne Oliver‘s Series 52 project. The idea behind it is simple – make 52 pieces of art this year. Jeanne talks about creating a body of work and that really struck a chord with me. Instead of random pieces of art, the narrowing of it to have a kind of purpose  that could be displayed in a show is something I love. So I decided to give it a go. It’s a free group to join via this Facebook group (click the picture to go to the group):


This translates to a weekly project but seeing as how I know Art Brain’s eyes are far bigger than her stomach?  I’m not going to stress about making a piece exactly once a week. Some weeks I’m likely to do more then one and others I’ll probably be lucky to remember my own name. No pressure in my world on this one.

I’ve been wanting to explore collages more. Not necessarily textile ones – although I can’t say that they won’t creep in and I’ve also joined a different project to satisfy the fiber geekery in me, more on that in another post – but paper and paint and drawing. I’m starting there and limiting them to a small size – 6″ wide x 4″ high. I have an image in my mind of 52 uniformly sized strange collages grouped on a wall and it makes Art Brain giddy with excitement.

Here is Collage #1:


I really enjoyed making it. Gives me a chance to just play while making something toward a bigger goal.

How about you? Are you doing a daily/weekly/monthly art challenge this year?

5 thoughts on “52 collages – #1

  1. Mary Jo Stipe says:

    In November 2015, I began a journal quilt where I made an inset circle block every day (or caught up to that schedule quickly if I was out of town without my sewing machine). I decided this was a sure way to become an expert at inset circles, or at least become very competent at it. My quilt is huge! For 2017, I decided to do a finished art quilt every month using only my bright hand-dyed cottons plus commercial black & white prints, continuing to build on a theme of circles using a variety of techniques from piecing to fusing. I actually ended up with 24 pieces. I felt I needed a body of work and by the end of 2017 I had one, which led to being included in a multi-artist show in a gallery in Santa Fe, where I live. For 2018, I am doing a fresh series I call Haiku, using vintage kimono scraps and my own dyed, painted, and printed fabrics. I give myself plenty of leeway to enjoy the process and not set up a lot of expectations. That way I can have fun creating my mixed-media textiles, improv art quilts and collages and paintings on paper and canvas. Series 52 sounds like a great idea. I plan to check it out.

    • Pat Arndt says:

      This is an awesome idea! Using your own hand dyes with kimono fabrics, old and new! Love this.

  2. Linda says:

    This may be the push I need whether I do it on my own or with the group. I like the “one a week” idea and think I may alternate between paper and fabric. And why not incorporate something I’ve been pondering . . . Asemic writing. I have also been wanting to do something more like an installation with lots of small parts. Now it’s just “get thee to the art room!” Thanks, Lynn!

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