100 Days Project drives creativity

9 March 2017

100 Days Project drives creativity

NorthTec’s Geoff Wilson Gallery is the venue for the results of a creative marathon – the 100 Days Project.

The project is a simple exercise in creativity that requires one thing, every day for 100 days. Anyone, anywhere is invited to take part in this rewarding creative marathon. From today, the gallery is displaying the results of the efforts of four local artists who took part in the 2016 challenge.

Maureen Baker has worked with discarded plastic bags and made a fused panel with patterns, messages and a wild array of colours. Chris Schreuder chose to keep things simple (after learning from a previous 100 Day Project that things can get too much in addition to everyday life) so chose to take a photograph a day, inspired by anything, and to be guided by the flow of images as they emerged.

NorthTec digital arts tutor, Jade Morgan, decided she spent too much time looking down with her phone. Still using her phone, she chose to look up at the sky for a change and record what she saw.

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, NorthTec’s Creative Industries Educational Coordinator, was aiming to continue to develop her abstract drawings and studies of objects or scenes, but chose not to look at the drawing surface as they developed, leading to some interesting, and often very abstract, renderings of the subjects.

Alysn said: “When asked why they take part in this challenge, many people say that they love the reward of embarking on a daily creative exercise for a really long time, to exercise their ability to think creatively and flexibly. For experienced practitioners it's a chance to connect with creativity in a more personal way, and re-enthuse yourself. It's also an excuse to explore or address new types of media or skills you would like to improve.

“The project is open to anyone. Previously they’ve had a mix of designers, photographers, artists, teachers, students, mums, account managers, writers, and even children. Anyone and everyone is welcome to give it a go. The best tip is keep it simple, have fun and make it relevant to you.”

The exhibition is open to the public until 30 March and can be viewed on Wednesdays from 10am to 6pm, and Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. At other times the gallery is open by appointment; contact gallery@northtec.ac.nz or call 09-470 3805.

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