100 Day Project 2013

The 100 Days Project is simple. 
Choose one creative exercise, and then repeat it every day for 100 days. Record each daily effort and see what evolves in the work and in the self over time.
The project gives anyone a framework and the permission to be creative. It challenges you to dig deep into your creative reserves, to rely on your readiness to work in order to achieve creative breakthrough. It can be an end to procrastination, and the development of resilience. It takes a lot of energy, and yet the rewards can resonate for a long time after the 100th Day is over.
In 2011 Emma Rogan decided to start a 100 Days Project after reading about Michael Bierut’s ‘100 Days of Design’ class at Yale. She invited others to join her and word of the project spread. Since inception hundreds of people have participated in the project.
This 100 Days Project is not a commercial undertaking, and is not in anyway (but spirit) affiliated with the Yale School of Art. Good things will come from the rigorous repetition of a process or idea over the 100 days. To see what others have done before, have a look at the previous projects.

My Project Information:
Project Title: Without Words Project Description: 
I kept a simple diary in the form of shapes and symbols arranged to give a narrative along a timeline. Long quiet spells might show as a single wide grey block, a short hiatus might be a bright small spot, an intrusion might explode from under the main area, exploring the effect of hard edges, soft edges, curves, straight lines, angles and proportions in a space ...
During the 100 days there has developed some sort of vocabulary which enables me to read the pace and emotion of each day.

What is it about the project that appealed to you? 
I am interested in the ability of colour and/or form to give a sense of space, intensity and emotion in an artwork. The discipline of making marks relating to events each day and trying to see how these look in response to my feelings about the occurrences and emotional ups and downs has been interesting in that it has made me personalise the theoretical and academic understanding of the elements chosen. I am able to begin to understand how ‘pictures work’ to give an abstract narrative of time.

What changes (if any) has the project helped bring about for you? 
The project has enabled me to stay focused on the task consistently and for much longer than would have been the case if I had been experimenting for myself.
It has also been fun to play with different media. I was not able to have the same paints and pens with me for all of the days, and I feel that the ‘look’ of the media can affect the reading of the day’s events on the page.

Best thing/s about 100 Days: 
Knowing I was involved in a project along with hundreds of other creative people.

Worst thing/s about 100 Days: 
The oddest day to visualise was travelling from the New Zealand to the UK and the return on a plane. In doing this you effectively gain a day and are ahead, even though you are technically behind in terms of hours, and then lose a day on the return – resulting in a blank page!

How many times did you consider giving up? 

If you could pass on one piece of advice to someone considering doing this project it would be: 
Don’t give yourself too great a task as life gets in the way and once you start falling behind it can be hard to catch up on the missing days, and that would be cheating anyway!

My 100 days:


1 comment:

Sue_NZ said...

I love these :) You certainly are inspirational.

I think I will try doing this 100 day challenge as I can see how the ideas can flow.

Thank you

Sue Ashton, Christchurch, New Zealand