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Fun-A-Day extended

Clown Rapture, Clown no. 22
Clown Rapture, Clown no. 22

If you’ve been following along for the past month, you’ve seen the progress that Christine and I have made with our Fun-A-Day projects. When we picked February as a good month to try creating art every day, it was one big bald spot on the calendar. By the end of the month, we had made a last minute trip to Ottawa to skate on the Rideau Canal, and hosted friends from NYC who decided to visit at the last minute. Time got pretty chewed up.

Despite that, Christine has completed 24 of her planned “28 Clowns Later”. She’ll likely be done the project by Monday. I’ll post again when she’s done.

Here are Christine Cosby’s 24 clowns:

As for my “Power Portraits 1965-1989”, I found the time to complete just 16 drawings. That said, they are broader in both style and subjects than I initially intended. I will do more in March, but impending deadlines for two art exhibits may slow me down.

Here are Rob Elliott’s 16 Power Portraits:

Deng Ziaoping, Power Portrait no. 16
Deng Xiaoping, Power Portrait no. 16
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Swizzle takes Fun-A-Day for a test drive

Swizzle Studio is creating a piece of art every day for the month of February. Christine and I were inspired by the Fun-A-Day project our friend Al Hoff was involved with in Pittsburgh.

How does Fun-A-Day work? A bunch of people agree to do a creative project every day for a set number of days. They can post the images every day online if they choose. There is an exhibition afterwards where everyone gets to see the results. The people who founded it, Art Clash, have a good information sheet on their website.

Take a look at the Pittsburgh project to see the variety of stuff being created:

Swizzle February Fun-A-Day projects

We plan to organize a Toronto Fun-A-Day later this year, but decided to take the concept for a test drive this month. Actually, Christine started cutting fabric as soon as she finished looking at the Pittsburgh website, so we had to start. You can follow our projects’ daily progress in these Flickr sets:

28 Clowns Later: Christine is sewing panels depicting clowns

Power Portraits, 1965-1989: Rob is drawing 28 movers, shakers, and masters of World War 3


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Wedding Cake Topper

Our friends Mark and Jenny got married last month in New York City. It was a charming little ceremony at Paulie Gee’s pizza parlour, attended by close friends and family, and a hurricane. When they asked Christine and I to make them a cake topper, we were excited about the creative possibilities. Mark and Jenny live in and run a pizza school (Pizza A Casa) in the Lower East Side. They love food and travel, and they adore each other.

We designed the topper as a two-sided object, and constructed it with painted foamcore and hand-sewn felt. It also features a disco ball.

The “Wedding Day” side of the topper shows Mark and Jenny in their wedding outfits, standing in front of a typical Lower East Side scene. There’s even the ubiquitous tagged Chinatown cube van, this one grafittied in honour of the happy couple.

The “Honeymoon” side shows Mark and Jenny in their vacation clothes, enjoying a picnic lunch on the Italian coast.