Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Things have begun in earnest now - well at least as earnest as they get at a collaboration event.
Harvey wore a carefully selected non-matching socks every day
Humour plays a big role in collaboration, building relationships and generating playful projects.
Woodturner Beth Ireland, carver Jeanette Rein talking over a project with Jack Nichols
Techniques are demonstrated and shared
And everyone relaxes into the relationships and the work.
I have begun work on two projects. One is a project started by Kelly - to transform a gnarly piece of wood into the head of a creature. The other - to take the gourd I selected from the resource table and turn it into a lamp - I propose laminating the veneers to form wiggly jellyfish like tentacle legs. Kelly’s friends Miriam and Dan - both know Kelly through Bucks Community College - join the lamp project. This tenuous connection - the college friends of the person who agreed to give me a lift - leads to a precious collaborative experience.
Yes Brigitte, there are - this collaboration is fairly woody (!), but as you will see - there are some cross-media collaborations taking place. Each collaboration I have attended seems to have its own culture of how much cross media collaboration it occurs - which partly depends on the disciplinary mix of the attendees. This one - in common with CollaborationAu has a lot of woodturners - so there are a lot of woody projects. The CollaboratioNZ is many more strongly cross-media projects, and I believe that will be the case at Emma also.
Oops - has many more ... :D