Renee Kaczmarcka is a creative writer who’s been an integral part of the Art Partners team for the past few months. We invited her to be this month’s guest blogger and to tell the world about one of our latest initiatives. Carensa Werder is a photographer we’ve recently teamed up with. She’s taken a few – albeit the most beautiful – photographs for this post as per the image captions.
This month, we’re offering a fabulous give-away for the most creative comment. So, let your imagination take flight as you enjoy the story – a step-by-step guide of sorts – and accompanying images.
Creating the One World Globe…with a twist by Renee Kaczmarcka
As a student of Edith Cowan University, Bunbury Campus, my Community Writing unit provided me with the great fortune of working alongside Art Partners. One particular stroke of luck saw me on campus for the Social Work and Community Services Expo, in October, where Art Partners hosted their own stall. Not only was information about their fantastic programme on offer, so too was much encouragement, a gentle persuasion to participate in the creation of a beautiful piece of collaborative artwork. And thus, the One World Globe was born.
What’s the One World Globe?
Upon completion, the Art Partners One World Globe will be adorned with an array of multi-coloured fabric, all hand-twisted by a merry band of generous contributors. Each person is invited to write words on their fabric strips, a little something to signify their ‘one world’ aspirations.
The creation of the One World Globe reminds us that we are all part of the same universe. We are each represented by our different colour and fabric choices, by variations in the twist, and by the method of weave around the globe.
So, where do we begin?
If you’re fortunate enough, you may find an amazing Ann who will cut up some colourful strips of fabric for you.
Select your 2 pieces of fabulous fabric and align the ends together. If you are using patterned fabric, it’s the side facing down that will show up in the twist.
Give one piece of fabric a little twist. Then give the other piece of fabric a little twist also, overlapping and twisting each alternately, in a spiral-like formation. Some happy twisters have found it helpful to dampen the fabric with water before beginning.
Rope in a kindly Keon Hall for company. Let the gentle art of rope-making stimulate conversation and sow the seeds of friendship. Before you know it you’re twisting virtually blind-folded!
Enlist a man of steel to test the strength of your creation.
Keon shows great faith!
Harness a talented Helen Seiver to entwine the lengths of twist into a unified ‘One World Globe.’
And most importantly—though they are rare and unique—seek out an inclusive organisation like Art Partners to bring the entire story together. They shall endeavour to share it with the world, thereby reminding us that we are all part of the same universe.
If you’ve no time to twist, perhaps you could spare a few words for our blog post instead. Art Partners is offering a copy of Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals for the most original comment. Unfortunately, given the cost of international postage, we will only be able to offer this to Australian-based participants. The closing date for inventive comments is December 12.
Please send us an original thought or two in the comments section. Who knows, a 15-minute meal might free up some time for you to get twisting…