Move over awards season, better luck next year March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day what?…this month’s hottest event is Womens’ Week Collective over at ART CAMP and it’s happening NOW!
Every year my friend Arielle hosts a fabulous celebration of noteworthy women in art SHARED by women in art. Throughout this entire week, an inspirational group of female artists and designers will be featured, with specially-designed projects to help celebrate them.
This year, Arielle invited me to share artist and designer extraordinaire Ray Eames, and she couldn’t have picked an influence closer to my heart. Ray was an absolute POWERHOUSE of talent, and though there are SO many ways I could have taken my project, I wanted to pay homage to her abstract expressionist beginnings and the principles that guided her life’s work.
Like a collage you never have to finish, our process art play tiles encourage exploration of EVERY possibility. The creation starts with a process art invitation and then…never really ends…in fact, the hardest part of this project is putting them down! The fact that you can mix mediums without committing to permanence is amazingly liberating and allows for some truly imagination-expanding risk-taking.
A month after making these, I’m still finding new ways to use them every day and have already expanded the set. My 40-ish play tiles are on a hinged binder ring now, hanging next to my Pantone swatches so I can quickly grab a handful off and play around when I’m creatively stuck. Take note adults…these are NOT just for kids.
Head over to our post on ART CAMP for all the details!
In addition to the material list and simple instructions, you’ll also find more background information on the artist herself with links to her incredbile body of work (toys! textiles! furniture!).
Keep your eyes peeled for little callbacks to Ray as you explore the pictures of this project and learn more about her. Specific typography, floral “arrangements” – there are a few special references to her life and work hidden in our tiles. The more you research Ray on your own, the more you’ll find!
One of my favorite things about these play tiles is that you can create a cool collage anytime, anywhere – perfect for those times when getting out ALL the supplies isn’t realistic or feels overwhelming. When you feel like you’ve explored the world of 2D, you can take these into the 3rd dimension by stacking them with paper or taping them into a cube.
If you like this project, our rainbow roads or scrap stamp shape collages will be right up your alley. Or for another creation inspired by a fabulous female artist, visit our kinetic paper shape art or stacking cardboard castles!
And for those of you digging the combination of form & funtion, don’t sleep on our collection of over 40 functional art projects for kids!