The Dublin 2019 Drawing Wall – another Community Art Project

While we were all busy putting together our tree, another community project was quietly taking shape on the other side of Warehouse 1. The ingredients: roughly 15 metres of free wallspace, a couple of rolls of paper, and a variety of drawing implements – markers, felt-tip pens, crayons, colour pencil, and pastels. With the help of the Art Show team, I also made sure some of the artists exhibiting in the Art Show would make a start filling all this white space up, to encourage others to follow suit.

As should be expected by now, I totally failed to take any pictures. The end result had loads of interesting things on it. Here’s a few in-progress pics provided by Mair Abram:

I’d love to collect more pictures and post them here for posterity, so if you have anything to share, please do so!

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Pictures!

As promised, I’ve been collecting some of the pictures that have been taken by people not me. First of all, Cora Buhlert posted her haul over at File770. There’s some lovely details to see. Thanks a lot, Cora, and I love that you’re sharing this with the much wider audience of File770!

The next set was taken on Friday by Anna Stefankova, one of the convention photographers:

Simon Bubb, another of the convention photographers, came by on Monday to take pictures of the finished project. All images below are copyright Simon L. Bubb:

I love all the detail shots, and seeing all the ways my original vision for this got extended in unexpected directions. There was a paper tree! A chenille stick Raksura! Lots and lots of random little things that brought the model to life. I’m very happy that I’ve been able to inspire the kind of community we ended up having around this project.

~ Constanze

And it’s all over already…

Worldcon is over for this year. I’ve had an excellent time. I’d like to thank the Dublin 2019 crafting community that sprang up around this project. Couldn’t have done this without you! Here’s everybody who could make it to the celebration:

I definitely owe you all good pictures of the final result, but I was way too busy yesterday to take any. I know who did, though, and will do another post once I have them.

I’ve had loads of fun, and I hope everyone who was part of this did as well. Hope to see you all at another Worldcon (Glasgow in 2024, anyone?)

A very generous donation from This is Knits

I’ll be blogging from my phone for the next week, so please excuse any shortage of words.

Lisa from wonderful Dublin yarn shop This is Knit has kindly offered to donate some yarn and tools to our project. When I went to pick things up today at their lovely downtown shop, I was blown away by their generosity.

Here’s the yarn:

The colours are even more lovely in reality. I then spent some quality time with a swift and ball winder to prepare the skeins in the lot for use.

Oh, and when unpacking the bags Lisa had prepared for me I discovered that we’ll have giveaways! So, if you come to one of our workshops and make something for the tree, you’ll have a chance to win something.

Thank you This is Knit for helping this project along!

The Box

… or why it’ll feel a bit like Christmas when we’ll do move-in on Wednesday next week.

So, you make something awesome and big, and then you need to get it somewhere else on the planet so others can enjoy it as well. In this case, this:

Model, covered, with platforms

I knew I was going to have to ship it eventually, so I choose a cardboard construction that can be flat-packed like IKEA furniture. Still, the big vertical sheets are the full size, which is 50x70cm. So I needed a box with at least that base area. Which is honestly huge in comparison to most of the shipping boxes everyone stores in their basement. A friend pointed me at a shop that specializes in packaging, and I got the smallest box that fitted the requirement for base area:

Shipping Box

It may not look that big in the picture, but it was always standing in the way in my kitchen for a while there. You can just see the cardboard pieces inside already. Here’s a better look:

Box with cardboard pieces

Doesn’t look like much, lots of box space left, but the box couldn’t be any smaller because of the large size of some of the individual pieces. Time to fill up the box! Who needs packing peanuts when you have wool?

Box beginning to fill with wool

You can see the big bag of leftovers on the right, and the little box on the left holds the children’s loom. The rest of the supplies went on top, and I ended up with a pretty full box. It’s not particularly heavy (somewhere around 15kg, which is way below the weight limit for shipping), but it’s unwieldy and its dimensions are just within the size limits for a normal parcel. Here it is, all taped shut, in front of my apartment door:

box4.JPGThe text on the sides is for the lovely people doing logistics for Dublin 2019, so they know where to deliver it for move-in. After successfully dropping it off at the post office and anxiously following the tracking number, the box is now safely in the convention’s off-site storage waiting for the day it’ll be unpacked and assembled.

I’m looking forward to showing you what’s inside real soon now!