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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!

I wanna paticipate if I can
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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!!

OOH so exciting.......
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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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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2004 02:49:48 PM »

oh sorry  Grin
they are giganto snaps-like 1/3 inch around.
they are available at most sewing stores and places that just sell sewing notions-most drug and department store have them too-we'd have to all decide on a size to make them 'work' together......

Well we could break the doll up into as many as 6 parts or as few as 3....

head, arm, arm, torso, leg, leg
or
head/torso arm, arm, leg, leg
or
head, torso, 2 arms, 2 legs
or
head/torso, 2 arms, 2 legs
or
head, torso and arms, legs and hips.
so on so forth
I mean we could EVEN go so far as to do hands, feet, lower legs, lower arms, etc. etc.....

But for simplicity and practicality, I kind of like having the same person do both arms or both legs, also because I got a great idea that would require me to claim both legs Wink

What does everyone else think?
How is the two doll idea?
sugar_doll would you be willing to 'assemble' them once they get to you?

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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2004 04:10:14 PM »

you know, i really like the idea of getting all my parts in the mail as they come and assembling them myself...and that would be easier on the organizer, too.
couldn't we all just get a list of a certain number of addresses and send the individual parts out ourselves?
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2004 04:17:37 PM »

I'm so not good at organizing this type of thing so I don't have any suggestions for you  but I definitely want to play Smiley

It's gonna be great fun!
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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2004 05:05:06 PM »

i'm realizing right now i am too busy to do this swap although i think it is a great idea... i can't wait to see what ya'll come up with!
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« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2004 10:30:17 PM »

Okay, here's what I'm thinking: Heads, torsos, a set of arms and a set of legs. How about we attatch our own connectors? On the places where they join we can leave a blank spot that we can glue/ sew/ whatever the connectors of our choice. Because I'm noticing there are a lot of craft supplies that are unique to different regions, and that way if one of us wants to attach velcro they can do that, and if one of us wants something more permanent like glue, they can choose to do that.
If all turns out well, maybe we can do more elaborate ones in the future (broken down into heads, upper and lower torsos, arms, legs, hands, feet, wings, whatever!). But for now let's just break it up into those four sections. Does everyone agree that it should be roughly scaled to a 12" high humanoid form? I'd love to do a GIANT one, but I want to see how the postage goes on this first. I agree it would be best to assemble our own, think of how fun it'll be to get a package in the mail and see if it's your head or legs or whatever.
Lets give anyone interested a week from today to decide whether or not they want to commit to this, and once we see how many people are in we'll know how many we'll have to make to ensure that everyone gets completed figures. Who's in?
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« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2004 10:52:06 PM »

count me in!
i figure the funkiness of it will hide my total lack of artistic talent.  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2004 11:02:03 PM »

I have a question.  If we received the head for example and there were 6 of us who were in the swap, would we make 6 heads? 

And if we do make 6 heads, do they all have to be the same? 

Will we mail all the heads to the swap organizer or directly to all the participants?

This sounds like fun, but I want to make sure I have the time before I commit.

Thanks.

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« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2004 11:20:42 PM »

Ha! I have no idea. I figured if I couldn't get a number divisible by four (head, arms, legs, torso), we could either wait until another person commited or I could get a friend or two to make a set. I'll be making extra pieces anyway, just in case someone can't go through with it for whatever reason.
I think it'd be good to mail them out to whoever will end up with them. This is going to require a lot of planning to make sure each person is getting the right pieces. I'll make a chart, I can't do it in my head. It'll be fun to get all the packages and assemble your person a little at a time!
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« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2004 06:02:49 AM »

Shall we just do one doll then?  One complete doll each and then swap the parts out to other people?  If we have 5 people in the swap, then you'd send your 4 parts to the other people and get one thing back from each of them, so a number divisible by 5 is better than one by 4....I think...right?!?!?!

 Undecided what do I know I always got a c- in math....

No attachments so we can do it ourselves sounds fine....I guess that means that on the torso people have to make sure there's enough 'surface' on the necks, shoulders, and hips to attach things..... and 12 inches is a great size.  In addition to that do we want to 'scale' it even more to human proportions or just let it go?

Anyway whatever we decide, I'm in!  Sorry to be such a pain! HA!
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« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2004 07:25:25 AM »

Hee hee, you're right, five would be better, with four we'd be stuck keeping one of our own pieces each. I never was much good at math either... but yeah, what you said makes sense. And yeah, roughly human-scale, doesn't have to be exact or anything.
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« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2004 12:04:44 PM »

New to the site but I wanna play if you'll let me! I like te idea of big ones too but i'll try small scale...so it's 12"with all the parts put together? I'm excted...lemme play!
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« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2004 01:34:41 PM »

Well, 12"-ish, after everyone added their connectors for the pieces it might be a bit bigger... but yeah, you get the idea, any material, breaking it into heads, torsos, sets of arms, and sets of legs. People have until around next Tuesday (June 29th) to commit (one week, I think that's fair)...
Okay, so far I have these people as "in": myself, beccajo, phoebe0506, annette, smurfette, and dixie_terror? Did I miss anyone or include anyone who wasn't sure if they wanted to do this?
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« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2004 06:59:05 PM »

So I was giving this some more thought and realized an easy way to allow for attaching would be to leave "tabs" kinda like a paper doll...plus was thinking if someone is using clay or a polymer clay they would probably need to make holes to allow for later attachment by the recipient...just a few thoughts.
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« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2004 10:38:58 PM »

Please note that I've made an official sign-up post for this just now, please Private Message me so I know for sure that you want in! I've extended the sign-up date a bit, so the deadline to sign up is Friday July 2nd, after that we have three weeks, which should be enough time for everyone to get the supplies they need, plan, make, and mail out at least one set of body parts. Any questions, let me know! I am trying to keep this simple, if everything works out well maybe we'll do more complicated ones in the future. Have fun and make sure to sign up before July 2nd!
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