The 100 Day Project 2022

I've said it time and again; I love a good challenge. As such, each year since I've learned about it, I made sure to participate in #The100DayProject.

 This will be my sixth year participating. Let me tell you a bit about the project in general before I get into what I'll be doing this year. Quoting the website, "#The100DayProject is a global art project that takes place online." Basically, you pick your art and try to engage in it for the 100 days of the project. Your art can be ANYTHING and your participation each day can be as simple as a single brushstroke, bead strung, stitch sewn, dance move, funny face, etc., or it can be a completed project each day. It's up to you. And, if you miss a day or two, no biggie, just pick it back up when you can. For the most part, you share your project on Instagram, but it's not necessary. The purpose is to help boost your creativity, and you can keep it to yourself if you want. You can find more information on the website or by searching on Instagram. Make sure you follow @DoThe100DayProject there. This year, the project starts on February 13th so you've got just under a week to make your plans.

Let me tell you what my projects have been in previous years, and then I'll share this year's project. 
(Oh, the suspense!) 

Alrighty, let's get to it. For my 2022 project, I've decided on . . . #Assemblage100. I think it's just vague enough to give me some flexibility but also gives me direction. When I started considering what I might undertake this year, I wanted to give myself a little challenge, but also not be too hard (considering my current mobility issues.) I've been collecting bits and pieces of awesome for years.  Initially, these treasures were specifically intended for jewelry, then art journaling. But, more recently, I've come to recognize my appreciation and admiration for more sculptural assemblage art. So, I want to start putting some of my "treasures" to good use. I mean, what else am I saving them for? Take a look at just some of what the craft room holds.
I've got a bookshelf full of these hardware organizers. What's in the little drawers you ask?

There are keys of all kinds. (There's another bucket-full in the closet.)

I've got a variety of game pieces.

This little drawer of watch parts looks promising. 

There's even a whole drawer full of bells!

But, it doesn't stop there. Above that shelf is another with a variety of jars that hold chandelier crystals, beads, buttons, and old jewelry. 

There's another jar of old jewelry across the room that's designated specifically for mixed media projects. 

It sits on a box of miscellanea that I've been saving just for assemblage.

Then, there are my buttons. This is only a small portion of them!

I've got piles and piles of natural elements that might work well for this project.

There are other treasures that I thrift and find, like these goodies from a friend's yard sale.

And, y'all - that's just the tip of the iceberg, just the things I could get to in order to take pictures. I also have stacks of wood, old spools, bits of leather, porcelain doll parts, tiny jars, old utensils, hardware, rusty bits, so many books, and gobs and gobs of Tim Holtz elements. I think I might be set. And, I think it's time to start using these treasures. 

I'm a little worried this might be too ambitious, but I keep reminding myself that I don't have to make a completed piece each day. It doesn't have to be anything huge. I can make little resin pendants and shadowboxes, fill jars with glitter or sand, make tiny elements to be added to larger pieces, and so many other small steps. I just need to get started. I think this project has been in me for years. I've even set up an Assemblage Art Pinterest Board to remind me of what I find inspiring. 

When the idea of this project came to me, a little thrill of excitement ran through me. I knew it was what I needed to do. If you want to play along with me and create some assemblage art using my #assemblage100 hashtag, let me know. Shoot, I just want to know if you're going to try to take on #the100dayproject at all. I always love to see how everyone else is being creative. So, are you in for 100 days of creativity?

6 comments:

  1. Wow!! First off, love you collection - it looks like a treasure trove to me. Secondly assemblages are a great way to just create without thinking too much about where it will go or how it will function - so its pure creativity. And finally I am really looking forward to seeing what you will make. A gallery with all 100 photographs (of your creations) on your website will be delightful to see.
    PS: Have you seen the work of BSue boutiques and their jewellery making group on Facebook? They make a lot of assemblage jewellery if you want to go that route.

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    1. Divya, I've been collecting and not using for far too long. I'm kinda hoping this is where all that collecting has been leading me. I keep tossing ideas around about starting small and building up or just making small pieces that can all go into one big piece at the end, but all of it feels too confining. I just want to make and use up some of these treasures.

      As for B'Sue, I am indeed familiar with them. They're definitely a great source of inspiration. Thanks for mentioning them!!

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  2. I am not ready for such a commitment but I know I'll be looking forward to your daily posts! You're going to make wonderful things!

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    1. Thank you! I'm not sure that I'm up to the commitment either since I'm still not walking completely independently, but I have a strange compulsion to do it every year. I don't know where I want to start, and that worries me since I only have two days until I have to get started. Yikes! Thanks for you kind words.

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  3. Hi, I came across your site on an old post about crimp beads - I'm rusty and needed a refresher, and your post actually showed me something new so I appreciate that. You expressed frustration with crimp beads so I wondered what you use instead.

    So I looked at your more recent posts and read this one... and WOW I'm impressed by your vast collection of treasures. It puts the Little Mermaid to shame. If I had the space, I'd probably amass that much too. I'm a bit of a collector-without-using myself. My parallel collection is collage paper. I have files' worth of torn paper from magazines. But I am almost scared to use them because I don't feel confident in my collage skills. I don't feel I know the rules of how to make it look good. Working it out requires getting it wrong on the journey and I'm resistant to that. I think I need to try less hard to make it good and just commit to experimenting in order to learn.

    You mention your mobility. I'm disabled and struggle to walk most of the time myself. There are plenty of people out there who have figured out ways of still being able to be their creative selves regardless of their physical limitations. You don't have to be able to walk to do assemblage. You can use your creativity to find ways around things.

    I'm tempted by the 100 day challenge... I have about 20 projects on the go and I already do a little bit towards them most days, so I'm not sure it's wise for me to take on yet another project right now. But it would be fun if I could commit to cutting out one image from a torn magazine page each day. That way it would all be ready for me to assemble. It could help reduce my barriers to getting started with collage.

    Thank you for sharing your creative journey :) and the useful information on the crimps.

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    1. Hi! And, welcome!! I'm glad you found what you needed. As for crimps, I simply don't use them often - I'm more fond of making wire-wrapped links.

      Collaging is definitely one of those things you just have to dive into and learn in the process. Maybe start by using images/materials that you're less fond of and wanting to get rid of - dig through the recycling or junk mail!

      I'm glad you've found ways to continue to work with your disability. I broke my ankle a few months back and am just struggling with the fact that my supplies are not organized for someone on crutches/a knee scooter to be able to access. I'm on the mend though and have a very helpful husband. I appreciate your encouragement and support in the matter. It means so much.

      I think the idea of tearing out collage papers is perfect for a project. You'll amass supplies as well as have an opportunity to think about it creatively. I say go for it and enjoy the process.
      Thanks so much for stopping by. Don't be a stranger!
      Hope

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