(Last site update Sept 09, 2010. Lineup update August 11, 2011. Errors and omissions - email to Zz)
'For the approval of the discriminating artist and connoisseur of art, fifty-four separate and distinct art studies.
These are an example of modern art at it's finest and should prove invaluable in discussions, forums, etc'
The 'Playing Card Project' (as it has come to be known) is a non profit grass roots collaborative effort between more than 52 artists guided by Zeezee and sgLoki.
Here on this site, you will find the answers regarding the collaborative project, it's history, processes, membership and schedule.
The site is divided into two areas - one area for visitors and intending applicants that serves to provide further information regarding the project and, one area for participant artists only regarding practical and financial information.
There are two forum areas (one for artists and one for visitors) where the most pertinent question is; what will we call this project? Preliminary designs may also be posted here and discussed for feedback.
The history of the project
The project, began with timid suggestion by a new(ish) member of the Stencilrevolution forum, posted in a new thread on 19 August, 2009. As one could imagine - everyone wanted to be part of it, yet very few were willing to actually 'do' it.
By the time August 29 arrived (those ten days seemed an eternity), we had a steering committee established by default rather than by a noisy voting process. The initial 'driving force' committee members were Zeezee (speaking), sgLoki and Afekt, with silent support from others.
An innocent plan filled with hope and expectation was established, the cards were assigned and the committee members anticipated an easy finish in time for Christmas! Lol! These toys had a LOT to learn!
First of all, we're dealing with human beings here, and 2ndly, these human beings happen to be artists; the right-brained, illogical, timeless, creative gestalt element of humankind. As a result, the project has consumed over 100artists of differing backgrounds and nationalities - it's been an incredible experience to witness!
For the artists who got in early and 'did the work', life has been pretty easy. In the time that has followed, we the committee have had to devise and apply many systems of communication and of processing artists' applications; from the initial and excited "Oh wow, I want in!" to the eventual outcome, which has been (more often than not) a frustrating dead end of communication attempts with an arrival at a brief and final excuse.
This website was created on 30th May 2010 as the latest manifestation of the projects' interface with artists and applicants. We have come from an ideas thread to a submissions thread on the stencilrevolution forum, to sending individual emails and reminders :shudders:, to newsletters and invitations for artists to be more proactive in keeping the project informed, to a google doc outlining the project and it's participants, to this website you now behold. It's been an progressively more involving learning experience, to say the least!
About your webmaster
Who am I? I am Zeezee, the designated communicator of the project's community. It is my job to make sure that all know what's happening and where the project is at; to keep the artists motivated, inspired and confident that the engine is running and that there is someone (still?) awake behind the wheel. Feel free to throw in your questions (use the forum too!) and, please remember that I am only human and sometimes do drop off the radar, lose inspiration, get tired, self absorbed or whatever - If you want to know anything for any reason, please do send an email mail via the contact box.
For the latest news for participating artists, see my blog under 'project news and status' in the 'Members lounge'.
Introducing... your crew;
SgLoki is the quality and format co-coordinator for submissions.
Zeezee is the communicator for progress (or site content) matters.
Big ups to Afekt and Timmy Tim for their support in the past.
Support, assistance and donations are most gratefully accepted.
What do we get out of the project?
Well, if we had had even the tiniest idea of how much effort this thing was going to demand from us, we wouldn't have even started or, we would have charged each artist over a thousand dollars to participate (with money up front!). Yet since hindsight is more commonly available than foresight we are doing this because we started it and it would seem such a waste to put it all down now. So if any of the participant artists (especially those who are really really famous) would like to show their appreciation for the amount of work we're putting in to making this thing work; a signed piece of original work would be a great start ;)
04 September 2010 - Guestbook feature removed due to spam and phish (2), which is cool seeing as no one apart from those parasites used them anyway! Apologies to all affected.