Monday, September 28, 2015

Afros 365

Unicia R. Buster in Richmond, Virginia is making Afros365!

She explains, "I am creating an Afro (one of my favorite natural hairstyles worn mostly by African-American people) everyday for a year. I started the day after my birthday (July 26). I came across Skull-A-Day by Noah Scalin by chance while out for my birthday. I was immediately inspired. My goal is to create 365 Afros using different materials or discovering different ways of using familiar materials for each day."

Why did you decide to do this project?  My creativity comes in spurts and usually show up in various art forms. For a month, all I want to do is dance. Then the next month, nothing. And then the following month, I want to sew. It's never anything consistent within a year and my inspiration or motivation comes strong for the first few days and then falls off for weeks. After buying Skull-A-Day, I was inspired not only to create but to stick with it. Having the blog motivates me because I know people are watching - even though they are small in number - and I don't want to disappoint. It holds me accountable. Creating each day takes a bit of pressure off, ironically, because I'm forced to just focus on the moment - not some tedious, way-down-the-road-from-finishing project that easily deters me from completion. I'm also forced to post whatever I come up with, some things being wonderful and some not so wonderful. That has definitely boosted my confidence in my work, especially when people give feedback.

How has doing a daily project affected your life? It has forced me to think outside the box. I work as an art specialist at VCU Health and doing arts and crafts is a part of my job. I visit with patients and their visitors twice a week to do a project. The project has to be something that takes less than 30 minutes to complete, utilizes a minimum amount of materials and results in a pleasant experience (whether they trash it or not). Patients often feel out of control of their situation and this gives them something to have some self-empowerment. Patients, unfortunately, also often are a bit groggy or even grumpy due to their medication and/or situation - understandably so. So, my projects have to be easy to complete but still pleasing to the eye. After being here for 4 years, it's easy to get into a rut and run out of new and fresh ideas. This project has given me that boost. Since starting this project, I've been able to apply some of the creativity to projects with patients. Even projects that seem only appropriate for childhood, turn out to be fun and exciting for patients of all ages (like working with construction paper or painting rocks).

It also has increased quality time with my son. He and I are almost opposites in terms of interests. He loves playing outdoors, soccer, bike riding, playing video games - your typical boy stuff. I on the other hand only enjoy art - dance, drawing, sewing, etc. However with this project, he, on some days, gets more excited about what kind of Afro I'm going to do today than I do. It has surprised me. And some of the techniques I've tried, he's wanted to try as well (like melting crayons).

I can say that this project has brought us a little closer together.

And lastly, this project has taught me that with the proper motivation, I can stick with something for longer than 30 days. I've surprised myself. I thought after a month, I would be unmotivated and kind of forget about it (as I've done with my four other blogs). There have been days, I wasn't able to post (I don't have the internet at home), but I am determined to catch up on the posts even if I have to borrow someone else's computer to do so. One of my other blogs is about doing the Konmari Method (named after Marie Kondo who wrote "The Japanese Art of Tidying Up"). During this process, I have discovered all kinds of materials that I would've never thought of had it not been for this project. Everything I touch, literally, I think "how can I make this into an Afro."

After this project is done, I plan to create a beautiful portfolio of long-term works that I actually complete applying the same motivation and principles.

See all of Unica's afros HERE.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

@KellyNoggins Skull Project

C.S. Kennedy in New York City is creating the @KellyNoggins Skull Project, 365 skulls created with Post-it notes and a pen...

Why did you decide to do this project? Some days I have a lot of time to develop and create, while other days I have very little. It's interesting to see how allowance of time directly influences the quality of work.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? I love looking for inspiration for the project in everything I do. It helps me see world through a new lens, and because of the subject matter - reminds me of the fragility/value of life.

Follow C.S.'s progress HERE

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

365 Bikes

Brian Gibbs  in Lydney, UK is making 365 Bikes!

Why do this project? I took part in your workshop in New York and enjoyed the experience so much. I wondered how I might be able to make use of my re-discovered creativity to improve my work and home life. I discussed the workshop with friends and showed them my 30 horses that I’d created in 30 minutes – they encouraged me with great feedback, which inspired me further. I made the decision to start the project when I realized that I might be able to inspire some engineer colleagues to be more innovative and free-thinking if I showed them what I was doing and it’s worked – some of my colleagues have launched ‘Idea of the Week’ – suggestions for new products that we share amongst ourselves and even with potential customers.

How has the project affected my life? First, the amount of interest, encouragement and genuine enthusiasm I’ve experienced in feedback from others has been truly amazing and invigorating. Friends & colleagues who I’ve told about the project have given me new ideas, prompted me when my bike is an hour or 2 late, and been keen to tell others about my project…this is a new experience for me and is immensely rewarding.

I’ve discovered the delights of Instagram and have a growing band of followers, many of whom give me daily encouragement and feedback.

The project has improved my confidence. It still amazes me that people are so interested in my distinctly average art, but they really are and it’s thrilling to have so much support. One or 2 people have even offered to buy pictures from me!

Word of my project has spread amongst colleagues and I’ve been asked about it numerous times. Each time, when I tell them about the workshop, your own story of 365 skulls, and why I’m doing this project, the reaction is brilliant and I usually get another follower (although some are scared of Instagram).

The best thing is that I’ve inspired others to start their own projects. On day 5, I made ‘People Bike’ with 85 colleagues and several of them started their own projects the same day. I’ve even had friends, family and kids creating bikes.

The whole experience has been uplifting and massively rewarding – and it’s only Day 24!

Follow Brian's progress on Instagram at @365Bikes.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Duck In Yellow

Katie Rustin in Richmond, Virginia is refashioning a thrift store dresses in her daily DIY project Duck In Yellow...

Why did you decide to do this project? My project is based on Marissa Lynch's New Dress a Day challenge. I love sewing and like her, had lost my job and wanted to try something new. I've always love fashion and recycling and wanted to see if the two could be combined.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? This project has absolutely changed my life. There are days when trying to come up with something new is next to impossible and yet, I push through and have discovered some amazing finds. Yesterday, for example, my friend asked if I wanted to go to dinner in an hour. I had an hour to find a piece of clothing to remake, decide what I wanted to do with it and then remake it. Everyone at the table couldn't believe that I had made my shirt and let alone, made it in an hour. I've discovered unbelievable joy and happiness from being able to be creative ever yday and getting to share with others my remakes. I love hearing that others have been inspired and that they are going to dust off their sewing machines and give sewing another try.

See all of Katie's dresses HERE.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Make and Let Go

Sarah Westeren in Columbia, South Carolina is releasing her work into the wild daily in Make and Let Go...

She explains, "For some time, I have wanted to start releasing my tatted butterflies (tatting is a form of knotted lace made with a shuttle or needle) into the wild in order to spread unexpected cheer. I spent the first month or so making butterflies, so that I would not run out faster than I could make them. Over the next year I will release at least 365, leaving them behind for friends or strangers to find. Each butterfly can be worn as a pin or necklace, and comes attached to a sheet that describes what tatting is, that the butterfly is a piece of free artwork to keep or give away as desired, and a link to my blog should the lucky finder wish to tell me what they decided to do with the butterfly (contact is entirely optional - I will be happy with mystery, as well)."

Why did you decide to do this project? So many people I love are in crisis - pain, illness, stress, loneliness. Sometimes all it takes is one smile, one moment of cheer, to help make someone's day better. I consider my butterflies a tiny gift with no strings attached (pun intended!). It's a way for me to say, "You are a unique and irreplaceable being, and deserve happiness and joy."

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? I enjoy having a reason to pick up my tatting every day! After only a week, I already find myself examining my surroundings with a different eye, looking for a grey area (or a beautiful one) where I could sneakily place a butterfly. My photography skills are mediocre, and I hope to see those improve through the year as well. The blog will feature photos of the releases to start, and hopefully expand to some book reviews and projects for readers.

Follow Sarah's progress HERE

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sonny Pictures

Sonja Schoemaker in Almere, The Netherlands is shooting photos of things that are pink every day in her project Sonny Pictures...

Why did you decide to do this project? I decided to start the 365 pink project in the time I had lost my job. I wanted to learn more about photography and my Nikon camera and to keep myself in to a daily creative motivation.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? My project is today 159 days old. I haven't missed a day of shooting a pink picture and I already learned a lot of things like tenacity and proud. I have started to look different at things. Documenting my daily (pink) pictures is like a diary for me. It keeps me positive and motivated. For me it is a lot more than just shoot a photo a day.

To help myself at non-inspirated pink days I got by with a little help from my Matryoshka dolls. They are already my dearest friends.

See all of Sonja's pictures HERE

Monday, June 29, 2015


Grace Renovo in The Netherlands is attempting to do something creative daily in EyeTry365...

She explains, "My main theme for the project will be eyes - since they are something which fascinate me, but my creative attempts will not always feature eyes as there are lots of mediums I would like to try my hand with."

Why did you decide to do this project? This year I'm on a quest to express. I feel as though I've been stifled for a long time and I'm using creativity to try and channel my expression and become more self-aware and forfilled.

Recently I came across the book 365: A Daily Creativity Journal and this helped fuel my quest of expression and become more disciplined in my creative practice.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? This project is only a few days old and so I cannot comment too much about it's affect on my life. However, I've discovered a new enthusiasm for creativity and over the past couple of days seen my surroundings differently - since I'm always on the look out for ways to make an eye with whatever happens to be within eyesight!

It will be interesting to see if I manage to keep it up - since I have a string of unfinished projects and ideas behind me. e.g. my last website.

See all of Grace's tries HERE.

Friday, June 26, 2015

What's On My Table Today

Ana Belchí in Valencia, Spain is sharing a picture of her work daily in her project What's on my table today.

She explains, "The only self-imposed rule is to take a photo every day, no matter the time; or if the work is finished; or if I'm in the studio, at home or on the road lecturing. At the end of the year I will ride a video with them all. And we can see how my work change over time or if I work in a different way depending on the season. Or if my own style evolved over short or long period."

Why did you decide to do this project? This is something that commits yourself to work every day. When you work as a freelancer in a creative job is really easy to procrastinate and lie yourself saying things like "Oh I'm in creative storm now and I can't sit in front of my table to work'". I have a Picasso quote "Inspiration exists must it has to find you working" all the time in my mind so take a picture every day helps a lot to avoid laziness.

On the other hand it is something that allow you to understand the way you work. If your process is organized or anarchic. Or if you focus on one project from the beginning to the end. At the end it could help to analyze the way you work.

Besides My job is also teach is something I propose to my student to help them to improve their creativity. Some of them have joined to the project also.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? The project is now in its third part, and I can feel that something has changed in my way of working.

I feel excited to decide what time is most important in my day or what is most representative.

I notice that I'm [prone] to procrastinate, so this is improving my desire to be sitting in my workbench. I take long work days and I have to programs some alarms on my mobile to remember that I have to eat or pick my son from the school. So I'm meeting again with my inner passion.

My creativity has grown also, and I have a lot new ideas that born while I'm working

I also realize that some of my students are more confident with their work.

I appreciate the feedback I have from the social network. I realize from the very first step if a new collection works or not. Before doing this I worked in a full collection and show when it was completely finished. Now I can dismiss or modify and idea depending of the feedback I get.

At the beginning of the project I was always focused on the final video. That was the goal, but now this feeling has change I don't care about the final "product" I'm enjoying the road.

See all of Ana's work HERE

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Diana's Writing Challenge

Diana Joiner who is "floating between Baltimore, MD and Ocean City, MD" is creating a Writing Challenge inspired by my book
She explains, "A friend of mine sent me your book all the way from Vienna to remind me to continue working on my craft. I was amazed by the different projects and artwork that resulted from your 365 challenge, but I’m no artist. I’m actually god awful at art; I’m way better with words. So, instead, I decided to start a fictional story and build on it with each challenge, incorporating the task into the next plot development. Some tasks I use in a different context to flow with the story, but I’ve loved seeing what I’ve come up with so far. I’ve got a historical cult-conspiracy on my hands; who knew that would happen?!"
Why did you decide to do this project? I decided to do this project to challenge my creativity and myself through writing. I’m going through that awkward, mid-twenties where-is-my-place-in-this-world phase in my life and needed something to “lose” myself in that was a fun, but applicable, release from all the stress. Plus, it was time for me to write a new badass story. I was overdue for that.
How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? It’s given me a whole new sense of confidence and imagination. I’m taking my writing to the next level, staying open-minded, flexible, and inventive in what I come up with. The fact that I’m also posting my story little by little on my website for people to see my progress has been scary, but also encouraging. I wasn’t expecting people to be so invested and curious to know what happens next, so their engagement has been my virtual cheerleader urging me to keep going. Plus, it's holding me seriously accountable, which is like an additional challenge in itself.
Follow Diana's story HERE

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

365 Bons Jours/365 Jolly Good Days

Anne Guiberteau who lives near Paris, France is creating daily in French at 365 Bons Jours and in English at 365 Jolly Good Days! She explains, "Each day, I leave a small poster in the street, in a public park, the subway...with these words either "Bonne journée" or "Have a good day". Which means exactly the same.

Why did you decide to do this project?  I decided to create my blogs after reading the magazine Flow.

It's a friendly message, a faithful smile for the passers-by and for the persons that visit my blogs.

Also, each day, I quote the first sentence of a book written by an author dead or alive, ranging from Hemingway to Indridason, Edgar Allen Poe to Colette....And I also post photos of people from here, there and everywhere. and good mood photos. Sharing also my love for books written in any place and in any language in the world. And my love for people met here or there.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? It looked so exciting, challenging...and it is! It has affected my life because it's a daily "job" that I enjoy, and because I made interest and concern all the people around me. I wish to share my blogs with people that I don't know. I have already started!

See all of Anne's Jours HERE and Days HERE

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

There's a darkness upon me that's flooded in light.

Meg Paulette is taking a photo day for a year in her There's a darkness upon me that's flooded in light project...

Why did you decide to do this project? Ever since I tried and failed to do a project like this a few years ago I have wanted to try again.  I kept waiting for a significant date or "the right time" and finally on a totally random day at entirely the wrong time I actually started again.  I want art to be a part of my daily life, even if it is in a relatively small way.  I want to improve as a photographer, and just like anything that requires practice.  And especially with photography you get the added bonus of documenting important things in your life and it is super cool to be able to look back and remember a little piece of each day.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? I joke in my first post that the last time I did one of these projects my whole life basically imploded.  It's sort of true, though of course I can't give all the credit to my project, but when you literally "focus" on your life everyday amazing things seem to happen, and you can't continue on without being conscious of what's going on around you. Which speeds up the natural process of growth, as an artist and as a person.  I'm ready for that again right now, a jump start that will get me out of my comfortable rut and not let me put off my own creative work "til tomorrow".

See all of Meg's photos HERE

My Motivation

Ashlee Boyd in New Zealand is creating daily in her My Motivation project. She explains, "This is my 'young designer's motivation blog'. I am a big believer in the power of words and motivation, so I've decided to keep up my own motivation by completing an art piece everyday with some powerful words of creative wisdom."

Why did I decide to do this project? I have been learning a lot from tutors and designers recently, and just can't keep track of all the valuable information that could help me in my design future. One of these things being how easy it is to keep up creativity. And so, this blog is a place for me to be creative everyday and keep track of some valuable things I've learnt. This means I can hopefully inspire others as well as use it for myself to look back on in the years to come.

How has the project affected my life? Never before have I been so eager to continue learning during a university break, until I started this project. Already a few things I have to say have inspired close friends and it's made me feel, for lack of a better word, totally awesome. I can't wait to see how this affects me when I go back to the stress of university life.

See all of Ashlee's motivations HERE.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Anita's 365 Zentangles

Anita Aspfors Westin of Rättvik, Dalarna, Sweden is creating 365 zentangles!

Why did you decide to do this project? I decided to do this project now because I need to. I made a project 3 years ago with collages and assemblages. It was great, though I had some trouble to make it to the end. I moved from Stockholm during the year and that made me take some breaks. I have missed doing a project for some time now so I am ready for it. I started doing zentangles because I thought it would be a good idea to let my students try this. Well I was sucked myself in zentangeling so then I got the idea to make this in a project. It is fun and relaxing and it suits me to make something that is easy to do but make it regularly.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? This question I think I would answer when this project is finished. 
The project Collages and assemblages I started 2012 and finished 2013 affected my life in several ways. I made new experiences of different materials. I learned about myself, about my limits and I found more freedom in my own work as a painter. Yes in fact my personal touch in my work is more obvious today because of that project.  My studio contains a lot of other stuff than before! My stress-level is under control now and my focus is much more in the work I do. I guess that means I will do some more project after this one I´ve just started!

See all of Anita's zentangles HERE

Friday, May 8, 2015


Phillippe St. Gerard in Brooklyn, NY has created a Dragon-A-Day since 2009!

Why did you decide to do this project? Dragons have always been a passion of mine, artistically as well as in general, and I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil. When I went to art school, drawing became synonymous with 'work" instead of "that thing I do for the sheer pleasure of it." Basically, my focus shifted so that I was only making art in order to get work (updating my portfolio, making new marketing material, stuff like that) or to complete the projects that I had gotten. When I fell into a dry spell, my work suffered but I didn't realize it. A friend of mine suggested a cool idea that I should draw, so I (gasp!) actually tried to do it in my spare time. I then realized how rusty my skills had gotten and decided that I should draw every day, regardless of what else I was doing. I knew I needed a theme that I wouldn't get bored with, so I chose to do dragons. 
How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? It's robbed me of a lot of sleep.
But seriously, people are often impressed by the fact that I'm still doing it, or they're really impressed when they hear that I've been doing this for more than 5 years when they hear about it for the first time. This isn't to say that I haven't learned a few things, though.
One of the first things I learned was that I do best with some kind of feedback, but I don't really need it. Once upon a time when Facebook integration with RSS feeds worked better, people I knew paid more attention to Dragon-A-Day, and I took their suggestions and jokes and ran with them. As it slowly became phased out I found myself talking with myself more and more, and Dragon-A-Day sort of became this one-sided dialogue with myself, with a small recurring cast to help illustrate these conversations.
Also, since it went from open forum to one-sided self-critique, I've come to look hard at the artistic crutches and conventions that I find myself relying on, and have been trying to wean myself off of them. It's not like I've been doing any sort of "year in review" or anything; I just realize things like "hey, I've been drawing scales this way on a lot of dragons," every so often, so I start trying to draw them differently.

Stuff like that.

It's also made me a bit philosophical, sometimes having (shorter now) discussions with myself about what a dragon even is, because of the various interpretations across cultures and media- I'll freely admit that my perceptions were colored a bit heavily by Western pop culture and the obvious Asian influences with little room inbetween. I've been trying to dig up less-widely known legends in my spare time looking for draconic creatures, and have not been disappointed.
Reading your site made me realize that I've been using the same media (mainly pencils with the occasional array into the digital realm), so I've been trying my hand at pens. I've kind of fallen in love with ballpoint pen drawing. Thanks for that.
Finally, the last and probably most important thing is that inspiration can be found any old place, as long as you're willing to let it. Dragons based on all kinds of things from my daily life have come to fill my little sketchbooks, and subsequently the internal/external dialogue I've been having with my readers and followers.

See all of Phillippe's dragons HERE.