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« on: June 19, 2004 08:01:42 PM »

Anyone here familiar with the old "Exquiste Corpse" game, where you draw part of a person, cover your drawing, the next person draws the next body part, and so on? Using that concept, I think it would be fun to organize a swap where we each make body parts for a certain sized figure, and then send them out, planning it so that each person participating gets enough pieces to make a whole figure. The pieces could all be connected the same way (metal rings to hook together, snaps, velcro, whatever), and we could all make them with whatever materials we prefer to work in. So you might end up with a little person with a crocheted head, a felt body, clay legs, laminated paper arms, whatever. This would take some planning to make sure everyone got the right pieces, but it could be a lot of fun, what do you all think?

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2004 08:10:08 PM »

That sounds like so much fun!

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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2004 08:17:05 PM »

What do you think a good size would be? !0"? 12"? 15"? Not to big, but not too small either... Also, how to divide the body? I'm thinking head, torso, arms and legs, OR maybe head, upper torso, lower torso, arms, hands, legs and feet.

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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2004 12:28:52 AM »

 That is such an awesome idea. Perhaps it would be easiest to break it into the three sections done in the game, just the head, upper torso, and lower torso. That way there would be fewer things to have to organize and send out, but then again, the end product might not be as interesting. Also, 12 inshes is probably good. Isn't that your standard doll size? Anyway, it sounds great.
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2004 10:40:06 AM »

this sounds like a lot of fun...
would it be that we all made one complete thing and then divided it up and sent it to, say, six other people or something, keeping the head? (everyone would get one arm, leg, upper or lower body part from each person)?  how are you thinking of working this? 

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2004 12:16:17 PM »

Just thought I'd add some examples of exquisite corpse drawings to the thread:

Most of these are broken up into threes or quarters. Personally, I kind of like the idea of each person doing separate limbs; it would give the most beautifully chaotic look, particularly in the various media. But I do admit that it's certainly more work.

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2004 01:03:39 PM »

Super good idea!! Count me in when you figure out organizing and limb assignments!

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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2004 07:38:30 PM »

I think maybe it should be divided into the head, set of arms, set of legs, and torso (or perhaps upper and lower torso). Doing the arms separatly WILL give it a more interesting look. Organizing everything will be a bit of a problem, I've never done a swap before. Maybe if we figure out how many people DEFINATLY want to do this, then I can make a chart or something to see how it'll all work out. If anyone has suggestions, I'm open to ideas! What do you think for a time limit?

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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2004 01:04:48 PM »

I love this game and this idea!

I think 2-3 weeks for time limit, and you should standardize 'attachment' options so they will all fit together the right way-like whopper poppers of the same size.... or hook and loop tape, know what I mean?

So all bodies have the 'female' ends of whopper poppers and all arms and legs have 'male'  or all 'fuzz' on the bodies and all 'hooks' on the limbs......etc.

I say head and torso one part, arms one part, and legs one part.  That way the heads won't fall off!  Unless that's a quality you want! ha!  Or, Head, Torso to waist (with arms), and below waist (and legs).  That way they can 'twist'!

I'm also a relative newbie at swaps but I think if everyone sent two 'complete' dolls, then you can chop them up as you want and send everyone back two complete dolls, so if someone had to drop out even if only 3-4 people do it you'd still get back a completely different doll.

Art Doll Chronicles is a book that talks about a ring of artists mailing dolls to one another as well as sending journals along to document what they did on the doll...it's a great book everyone should check it out........I think another important thing would be for everyone to post a photo of their 'pre swap' doll (s) so we know where they come from!!

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2004 02:36:55 PM »

What's a whopper popper? It sounds like it should be some kind of candy! I know the heads could be a problem, but wouldn't it be more interesting to have heads and bodies made by different people? The heads might flop over, but theres a good chance the figures won't stand up well anyway (what if a clay body I make gets felt legs from another crafter?)... two to three weeks sounds good. Okay, who here is interested in doing this? I think once we know how many are in on this it'll help us figure out how to break up the figure, and what connectors we all have access to. Maybe give everyone a week to join up, then figure out any details?

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