September 27, 2016

Getting Stamped - Part II

Stamp collecting was a hobby when I was young. I have lugged around those stamp albums for the last 30 plus years. Each time I open the box, I can't bring myself to ditch them. I can't imagine my son seeing any value in them. It's time to get creative!

Step 1: Pick the album that has the least sentimental value and pick out a few interesting ones. My son and I have some project-fun time and remove all the stamps from the albums and he has great fun in tearing and ripping up the empty album.


Step 2: Soak the stamps in water and checkout a Youtube video for some hints on what to do next.

Step 3: Make the paper and let it dry

Step 4: Collect some poetry and some materials from the upcycle pile and create some postcards.

Step 5: Post them out!


Reflections: 
My mother still takes great care on what stamp is chosen for the recipient. When I receive a letter from her I check the stamp carefully. Letters from family have immediate hand writing recognition. Postcards from #CLMOOC peers have Avatar and Twitter handle associations. As I handle these thin slices of paper, I think of people's avatars and Twitter handles. Will this association with these icons pass as well? How will we connect or associate with each other in the future?

Inspirations:
Wendy Eiteljorg and her marvellous creations in this post, I'll be using stamps!
Karen Fasimpur Postcard Project

September 6, 2016

Vibrations

What makes a 
musical instrument?

Haptics,
Feel,
Other?

It's vibrations.

Beside tones.
That interact with the room
and people in the room.

It's all perspective ~
Frame of mind.

Dancing fruit
is hardly acceptable.

Context, context.

When do we resist
technology?

Poem from Twitter conversation 
@laura_ritchie, @sensor63, @bmurley, @ronald_2008, @NomadWarMachine


Here is a blackout poem from the start of David Byrne's book about How Music Works.

August 13, 2016

I am the stamp

I left the land of clogs 
Flying low over reclaimed land 
Tulip carpet stretched to horizon
My message written by steady hand.
I flew over vineyard and mountain 
Across idyllic islands 
Over the turbulent waters 
On to the Middle East.
I flew across vast desserts
More seas than fish counted 
Continents and borders were nothing 
To the power of this stamp.
Gunshots rang in the streets below 
As I flew ~ untouched by fog and humidity 
I traveled on ~ scarcely marked
By that messy humanity.
I flew over volcanos and land faults 
Touching the edge of the Ring of Fire
 Mesmerised by ocean currents 
Deep sea trenches I admired.
I flew to Southern climes 
Language and skin of many colours
The smells were getting stranger 
As we bumped across cirrostratus. 
I landed on New Holland
Smack bang in the middle 
Deserts surrounding occasional oasis 
Red, brown and green a patchwork riddle.
The weather was impossibly hot 
It nearly caused me to come unstuck 
Placed gently in the letterbox 
I waited for hands to pluck. 
I am the stamp.
Reflections on the Connected Learning MOOC (#CLMOOC) postcards project
To preserve privacy we turn our postcards (see Karen Fasimpaur post) to their face. What has really captured my attention is the stamps and post office markings. The postcards have bought a sense of 'place' much closer. While we talk about weather and timezone differences during Hangouts and Twitter chats, it is the stamps that have imprinted the distances for me.
It was not until I received Ron L's postcard that I felt the distance between here and there. I created this piece to become the stamp as I travelled between Australia and The Netherlands. Often we operate in a 'flat' world on the internet and this has its benefits. We can escape the hierarchy we might find binds us in the organisation we work in. When I see these stamps I read them, trying to decipher the date and time and place. My own memories of travels to those places kick in. This tactile movement allows me to feel the space, the distance, the culture of another place.

POSTSCRIPT: Kevin created a song from this poem. You can read his two posts about that here and here. Or you can listen to the song on Soundcloud. Across the waves, we create. Thanks Ron and Kevin.

August 3, 2016

Make it how you want it --- Make With Me Hangout


Here is a collage of the 'makes' that happened during this conversation. I think it would be great if we were encouraged to 'make' during meetings at work. I have a lot of online meetings and while I'm mostly ignored (on screen), I think it is perceived that I'm listening when I'm sitting still and staring at a webcam (wrong!). Colouring-in is a favorite that I can sneak under the camera radar!

The hands, they are so important in the making for this Hangout. I feel the emodiment of including more than just our 'talking heads' for these pictures.

Below is a "Vibby" version with the highlights I saw in the Make With Me Hangout #3 (6 mins).



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FRAME.  TEMPLATE.  NEGATIVE SPACE.  
POSTCARD.  CURIOSITY CONVERSATIONS.
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July 29, 2016

Filling in the spaces (with colour)


Using SnagIt (See a TechSmith review here) I used the Fill In tool for an online colour-in exercise. Image from the British Library and the idea from Terry Elliots post.

Perhaps not as satisfying as holding the pencil
round
smooth
wood
But more possibilities open to me
colour
shade
opacity
Different options provided by digital tools
blending
blurring
cutting
It's not the 'next best thing' it is
another
way
to
play.

(PS the limitation of the Font list in Blogger is really getting to me!)