Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Learning to Love You More #63- make an encouraging banner

Artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher began Learning to Love You More in 2002. It was a website that challenged readers to expand their creativity. They posted challenges which readers completed and submitted. The project continued until 2009, having over 8,000 cumulative submissions. In 2010, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art acquired the website to ensure that it would remain active.

Every once in a while, I will take on a challenge from the website and post it on The Daily Telecraft. Today, I completed assignment number 63- Make an encouraging banner. The assignment is as follows:

"Think of something encouraging you often tell yourself. For example: Everything will be ok. Or: Don't listen to them. Or: It'll blow over. Now make a banner, making sure to follow these instructions:

1. Draw each letter of the sentence on a large piece of colored construction paper or big squares of fabric. One letter per piece.Draw them blocky so you can cut them out.
2. Cut them out.
3. Glue each one onto a piece of construction paper or fabric that is a contrasting color.
4. Then glue the edges of all the pieces of paper or fabric together to make a banner.
5. Hang the banner in a place where you or someone else might need some encouragement, for example, across your bathroom. Or between two trees so that you and your neighbors can receive encouragement from it. Or in a gas station."

To create this banner, I took 9 sheets of pastel yellow cardstock and I cut them in half. I then took 9 sheets of blue colored paper (non-cardstock) and folded them in half, using a pencil to trace letters backwards. I then cut out the letters and glued them onto the cardstock. When I was finished, I used a hole punch to make 2 holes at the top of each letter. I finished by threading white yarn through all of the letters. I had chosen to hang it outside of my apartment when I began the project. It is located on the main road leading into the apartment complex, easily visible to someone who is driving up the hill.

Learning to Love You More has been transformed (albeit harshly reduced) into a book, which you can find here.

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