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CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL => Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) and Art Abandonment => Topic started by: Knickertwist on June 19, 2012 09:09:12 PM



Title: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Knickertwist on June 19, 2012 09:09:12 PM
I made these 6 little collages...



They're just small, around 3", made with scraps of paper and words cut out of the most fantastic old trashy book which is crammed with lovely phrases.

BUT... there's more to this story than just 6 little collages.

A year or so ago I left some tiny books around my town for strangers to find. A very short while ago, I left some toadstools. Then, on Sunday, one of my favourite arty fellas, Michael DeMeng, started a facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtAbandonment/) for creative folks to post their art abandoning missions and I was inspired to do it all over again.

So those little collages were packaged up, ready to be given up to the fates to find their rightful owners.
 


This time (unlike the other items which had had no contact information at all) there is a tag on the package which has an email address that the finders can write to, revealing the fate of the little gifts. There is no name or other revealing information... just an email addy and the promice that the message will be passed along.

While placing one of the packages tonight a storm was quickly blowing in. There was literally forks of lightning in the sky that stopped me in my tracks, but being totally brave and not a scaredy cat at all, the package was placed.

Tonight I got a message from the finder of that package! Part of it reads: "I am an artist as well and currently trying to find my way back to my artistic roots. Ironically I was just taking a break from cleaning out my "studio"...and voila! A gift. It couldn't have been timed any better. The element of surprise and the joy of having faith in the universe."

Please consider doing this... just once. You'll be amazed at how good it is for the soul.

In case you're interested, here's a better look at the collages....














ETA: A second reply!

"My 4 year old daughter and I went in to the No Frills in xxxx to get a few things and when I went to grab a flyer, there was this sweetly wrapped tiny package. I read the tag aloud to my little one and an employee that was in awe that someone would leave a gift like that, for a stranger to find. I opened it and fell in love with the magical, whimsical piece of art that was inside!! My daughter also fell in love with it so I gave it to her. You have made her super happy (as well as me) and it made a good opportunity to teach her what a random act of kindness is. Now, she plans to pay it forward and leave some gifts of her own art around town, for someone else to enjoy."


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Smmarrt on June 19, 2012 09:15:33 PM
This rocks!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: WrecksTangle on June 19, 2012 09:18:54 PM
I love the collages and the idea of placing them for people to find. this rocks!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: kathrynsss on June 19, 2012 10:13:10 PM
this is so great  :D


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: themuppet on June 19, 2012 10:21:06 PM
OMG I must do this!  What an awesome person you are :D


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: La Chapa on June 19, 2012 10:23:46 PM
what fun! ;)


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: KLKing on June 20, 2012 02:04:27 AM
So Inspiring! Did you leave any in my neighborhood?  ;)


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on June 20, 2012 02:59:00 AM
I love absolutely everything about this. Including the background story. Love love and Rocks!!!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: zaluly on June 20, 2012 04:24:05 AM
fabulous as usual..I wish I lived your neighborhood


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Oyhana on June 20, 2012 05:23:39 AM
I'm going to look for placed packages on my walk to work this morning!  Who knows what the universe has left for me to find.  I love the story of inspiration.

And of course the collages are gorgeous!  Do you know which one he found?


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Knickertwist on June 20, 2012 06:05:27 AM
Do you know which one he found?

I don't! I have no idea which piece is in which package or who finds which one.


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: twixthemaddog on June 20, 2012 06:08:40 AM
Those are lovely. I love the idea of putting them out with an email address on.

Are the little frames bought or are they upcycled from something else?


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 20, 2012 06:26:31 AM
pinned and this rocks!!  I wish I lived in your neighborhood!  I would love to do this with my kiddos - such a cute way to brighten someone's day!!  :D


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Knickertwist on June 20, 2012 06:28:59 AM
Are the little frames bought or are they upcycled from something else?

They are just inexpensive little frames.


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: DawnsTrees on June 20, 2012 12:50:16 PM
How fantastic! Absolutely love everything about this!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: luvmynfboys on June 20, 2012 02:06:41 PM
These are amazing and what an awesome idea. I really want to consider doing this. Do you mind sharing what is on the tag and paper that is attached? I have seen people doing this or doing other random acts of kindness......I always wonder without any explanation how do people know they can take it! ha ha

Thanks again for sharing!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Knickertwist on June 20, 2012 03:00:25 PM
Do you mind sharing what is on the tag and paper that is attached?

Not at all.

The top tag says: PICK ME UP & OPEN ME. Hurry before someone else does!

The second tag says " "Dear stranger, This gift has been left in the hopes that someone rather nice will have the curiosity to pick it up, open it, and enjoy it. Hopefully you think enough of my little gift to take it home. If you'd like to let me know the fate of this little package you can send a message to **insert anon email address here** and it will be passed along to me. xoxo Me"


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: luvmynfboys on June 20, 2012 09:26:55 PM
Do you mind sharing what is on the tag and paper that is attached?

Not at all.

The top tag says: PICK ME UP & OPEN ME. Hurry before someone else does!

The second tag says " "Dear stranger, This gift has been left in the hopes that someone rather nice will have the curiosity to pick it up, open it, and enjoy it. Hopefully you think enough of my little gift to take it home. If you'd like to let me know the fate of this little package you can send a message to **insert anon email address here** and it will be passed along to me. xoxo Me"

Thank you so much. I checked out the facebook page you posted and want to work on doing something like this. I am working on gifts to be able to donate/give away at christmas but might have to sneak one of these in sooner!!!!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: WildeHeart2105 on June 21, 2012 06:09:56 AM
This is one of the most spectacular things I've seen in a long time! Man I wish I lived in your city!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: microjivvy on June 21, 2012 10:57:46 AM
The second reply you received brought a tear to my eye.

I must do this.

Thank you for the inspiration... I just have to figure out what I'm going to do...


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: DawnsTrees on June 21, 2012 11:46:20 AM
knickertwist - I hope you don't mind, but I posted a link to this in the  Random Acts of Kindness / Positive Thinking Craftalong  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344664.0) since this is such an awesome random act of kindness! You are such an inspiration!  ;D


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Onyxnox on June 21, 2012 12:06:04 PM
How lovely!  I look forward to the rest of the responses you get!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: xmissmayhemx on June 21, 2012 06:57:52 PM
I totally want to do this! I recently became unemployed, so in my freetime, I plan on making some art! I also joined the facebook group you posted Knickertwist and plan on making an anon email address! Thank you for the inspiration!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: WhimsicallyObsessed on June 22, 2012 08:36:40 AM
This is awesome and inspiring! I once made some hand painted hair clips and left them around IKEA to share I always wondered who might have taken then or if they just got put in lost and found LOL :D I never knew there were actual groups for that sort of thing! Love that you added a story with them and neatly wrapped em up and have an email for feedback! It makes me want to give it a try too! They are lovely.


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: CraftyMamaBee on June 22, 2012 12:41:30 PM
Thank you for sharing! I might just have to do it this summer. I live in a big city and think it would be fun!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: LiveLongandCraft on June 23, 2012 12:36:04 PM
So cool. I love it!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: erica_tattoos on June 24, 2012 06:32:02 AM
knickertwist; you are awesome!! this rocks! i will be joining that facebook group momentarily! also, folks, if y'all like things like this and are avid readers you should check out www.bookcrossing.com ~ i've been a member for years but it never occurred to me to do this with art. how fun!


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: amaryllisroze on June 24, 2012 10:52:30 AM
I'm seriously thinking about trying this (I've been reading the FB page for a few days), even though it would entail leaving my cave.


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Leslieshappyheart on June 26, 2012 07:35:45 PM
I love this idea, and your artwork.


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: banana731 on June 27, 2012 11:10:38 AM
That's so very cool  :)


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: vixen72 on July 05, 2012 08:46:17 PM
Very inspiring..Love your artwork..


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: decidedly average on July 05, 2012 10:22:44 PM
It sounds like fun! I love the concept of found art! Lately I've been going for late night bike rides (It's the only time of day cool enough to ride right now ;) ) and it occurred to me that I could do this and leave them places while I ride. I haven't read through the whole thread yet, but what sorts of places did you place them in? Indoors, outdoors? Out in the open or somewhat hidden?

Thanks for the inspiration!

Do you mind sharing what is on the tag and paper that is attached?

Not at all.

The top tag says: PICK ME UP & OPEN ME. Hurry before someone else does!

The second tag says " "Dear stranger, This gift has been left in the hopes that someone rather nice will have the curiosity to pick it up, open it, and enjoy it. Hopefully you think enough of my little gift to take it home. If you'd like to let me know the fate of this little package you can send a message to **insert anon email address here** and it will be passed along to me. xoxo Me"

Do you mind if I use your text? I think it's nicely worded (and better than anything I could come up with).


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: Knickertwist on July 06, 2012 05:50:36 AM
Thanks very much all  :-*

what sorts of places did you place them in? Indoors, outdoors? Out in the open or somewhat hidden?

These were hidden outside in areas with loads of foot traffic. I've done a few projects where objects get 'hidden' and like best of all to leave things in places I like. I've left items in the local Legion after a nice pancake breakfast, in the nature centre in a local park, my favourite grocery store, in front of and behind my favourite shops. It's best to leave items in the open and in areas with quite a few people. There's a lure to leave things on a quiet road but they take AGES to get picked up, if they do at all.

Do you mind if I use your text? I think it's nicely worded (and better than anything I could come up with).

Absolutely! Go for it and happy abandoning :)


Title: Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm
Post by: decidedly average on July 06, 2012 06:10:43 AM
Thanks very much all  :-*

what sorts of places did you place them in? Indoors, outdoors? Out in the open or somewhat hidden?

These were hidden outside in areas with loads of foot traffic. I've done a few projects where objects get 'hidden' and like best of all to leave things in places I like. I've left items in the local Legion after a nice pancake breakfast, in the nature centre in a local park, my favourite grocery store, in front of and behind my favourite shops. It's best to leave items in the open and in areas with quite a few people. There's a lure to leave things on a quiet road but they take AGES to get picked up, if they do at all.

Do you mind if I use your text? I think it's nicely worded (and better than anything I could come up with).

Absolutely! Go for it and happy abandoning :)

Thank you!  ;D