What next?

Worldcon has been over for more than a month now. I’ve had time to reflect on the things that we did in the run-up to Dublin 2019, and am still marveling at everything that happened at the convention itself. The Raksura Colony Tree turned out to be much better than I had imagined, and brought together a community of crafters. As the convention neared its end, I talked with a lot of people inside that community as well as others who enjoyed what we did. We discussed what it is that makes craft opportunities so important at a huge event like a Worldcon. There’s many good reasons I’ll discuss in a future post, but one thing we were all agreeing on is that we want projects like this to be part of future Worldcons as well. And since just wishing something into reality only works in fairytales, I want to provide us with a place to discuss ideas, document things that have been done and provide a bit of continuity in this area, which in particular for Worldcons isn’t easy to create, with a new team taking care of things every year.

For the moment, here’s how I see the scope for this blog: community art projects that encourage creating things together, as well as other self-directed craft activities that can be offered, such as colouring pages or origami. Those have some of the same benefits for people at a convention as the community projects while often being easier to organize, which is why I’d like to include them.

In the next weeks, I’ll slowly reorganize this page to reflect its new, extended mission. I will keep the name, since it is kind of fitting: In the Books of the Raksura, the Arbora are described in loving detail as craftspeople, and I’m sure they’d approve of the kind of work we’re trying to do here. I hope that in a few years our Dublin 2019 community project will have been only the start of something that’s become a permanent fixture at Worldcons and maybe beyond them.

~ Constanze

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’ve received another lovely set of pictures from Shana Worthen. She took quite a few pictures on Saturday as well as on Monday. Here’s some of Saturday’s crop:

And here’s more from Monday:

 

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:

Here’s another set of lovely pictures taken on Monday by Shana Worthen:

 

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!