Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A sneak peak...


at the altered chinese chess set challenge...
For those who've just stumbled upon my blog for the first time, or those who don't commit every brilliant post I write to memory, I issued a challenge back in November, to the first ten readers who wished to participate. Including myself, the challenge began with ten participants, and nine were able to complete it within (give or take a week) our allotted time frame...

It has been a wonderful month at my mailbox (or more accurately, my front porch), where every few days, I was treated to another amazing work of art that began as a $2 Chinese wooden chess set and evolved into a unique work of art.

Here I have cropped photos to offer just a peak at a fragment of each of the amazing pieces I received. All of them are fabulously creative and entirely different, but I've made a few initial observations...

2 chose to retain the set's original Asian theme;
3 chose to keep theirs as a type of game;
3 went with themes evoking nature or used natural elements;
2 highlighted girls/women in their pieces;
2 are designed to be wall hangings

(obviously some pieces fit into more than one category here)

I want to publicly thank all of the participants for taking on the challenge. I issued it at an absolutely crazy time of year -- the winter holidays -- and everyone jumped in as though they didn't have a thousand other things to do. As I mentioned in my original post about the challenge, my plan now is to write an article about our experience (with the help of all of the contributing artists), as well as to create an art piece for each of the participants that also serves as documentation of everyone's creations.

4 comments:

Marilyn Rock said...

Kerri; thanks SO much for sharing fragments of the chess pieces like this! What creative minds and talent! I look forward to what your plans are with them and so appreciate the opportunity to join in on such a fun challenge!

Bec said...

Yay! I was hoping to get a sneak peek at what everyone else came up with. I got to see Mum's before she sent them off, and the difference between the two that we came up with made me look forward even more to what the rest of the group would do.

Thanks for a brilliant challenge, it was a pleasure to participate in.
-Bec

Lorri said...

Oh Wow!! Wow Wow - they all look so amazing. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share, and for all your work organising this challenge. I loved it - even during the hectic xmas season! Fingers crossed we get to share the experience with many others in a lovely magazine :)Like Bec said the uniqueness and difference is wonderful.

Chris said...

What an awesome idea! Just the hint of each one is really intriguing. Thanks for sparking my imagination.