Thursday, November 08, 2007


We have a total of 10 participants, including myself, and I will be packing up the sets, along with brief instructions, this weekend. Because of the Veteran's Day holiday on Monday, sets will go out by the middle of next week. Thanks to all the participants!!

What IS an altered art challenge, anyway?

For anyone reading my blog who is not a mixed media artist, here's the deal:

There is no theme for this swap, and the goal is to turn the set into something unrecognizable as its former self. Some participants may create some kind of functional art piece; however, the end result can also be some kind of assemblage or sculpture, with no practical purpose. I do not supply the participants with anything except the same identical chess set. They can use anything at all to alter it and if they prefer to chop it into pieces, that would be permitted -- although women don't usually do that sort of thing, and all the participants happen to be women. The participants are primarily paper and fabric artists, so they will most likely use paint, collage, fabric, found objects etc.

Such a collaboration usually results in new friendships and new ideas, and makes me seem just slightly less crazy for having purchased a dozen sets of a game that I don't know how to play. Right?


Liz Ness said...

What a fun idea! Love it and, actually, the sets look pretty cool...just the sort of thing to inspire a little alteration!

Can't wait to see what you create!

DEW said...

Awh...I was planning to light mine on fire. Well, I guess that is a woman thing since I'm not chopping it into pieces, merely torching it. ;) Just being silly. The problem I have is I love how it looks and don't want to cover it too much. I'll have to think on this one a bit more. Thanks for hosting this

Patti G. said...

Kerri, ohhhhhh my sweet set has arrived and I am loving looking at it as is! I will get my mind working on it and see what creative thing happens! Hehehehe!
Thank you for sending it with such clear instructions and all! Thank you for the labels too, that is so organized and wonderful of you Kerri!
This will be fun!

Bec said...

ours have arrived too!
There's so many possibilities...

and 'women don't usually do that sort of thing' - is that a challenge?? ha ha