You too are invited to join my project. Get all the directions HERE. or just scroll to the next post. Deadline for Moths July 15, 2017. Exhibition Dates August 19 – October 28, 2017 at 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM.
Sorry I have no pretty pictures today. I have been teaching the last two days and did not have time to print. But I have a new crop of questions that I want to get out. You may have one of these questions on your mind.
Do you want the name of the moths?
Yes, please tell me the moth species. You may write it on the card with your name and address when sending in your moths.
Does my moth have to look exactly like the real thing?
No, not at all, you may take all the liberty you like.
Can I send you 5 different moths?
Can I send you more than 5?
Yes. My goal is 40,000 + I am hand printing about 4,000 myself between now and May. I will print each myself but get help in cutting them out.
Does the paper have to be two sided?
No, it does not. The paper can be just black or white or grey without any detail. It can be detailed on one side or both if you really want to make that, but it will not be well seen on the bottom. Because I am making several thousand myself, I am using old prints and drawings as my moth paper. I am printing on the “clean” side so there will be texture and marking on the bottom. It is also essentially “free” paper since I already have it.
Does the size you listed 1″ to 6″ include the wings?
Yes, that size is the total for the largest areas of the moth, whether it be the height or the width. That way it will be into an A4 envelope.
What exactly do I need to be a moth ambassador?
Moth Ambassadors are people not living in the US and who would like to gather a group of 5 other people to make moths, but shipping from their country could be cost prohibited. I do not want to deny people the opportunity to participate simply because of postage. Moths must be all packaged together from one location in an A3 or A4 sized envelope and send international standard mail, no express or special services. Please confirm you want to be a moth ambassador with me. I will need a copy of the the receipt of postage from the post office. (This is for my tax purposes since I am self funding it) Receipt can be send via email.
As always, I am deeply thankful for your participation and so excited to see how all this will unfold. More photos will come this weekend.
Please email your intention to participate and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am blown away by all the amazing stories, offers, suggestions and people committed to participating in my Moth Migration Project to be exhibition at 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM, August 19 – October 28, 2017. My goal is 40,000 moths from around the world. In three days over 250 people from the Australia, Africa, Canada, Europe, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, the UK and the US have committed to the project. It is happening so fast and I am beginning to put everyone into a data base to track the project.
There are “Moth Ambassadors” in several countries. An Ambassador engages their family, friends, colleagues, studio mates and print collectives to either come together to make moths or make them on their own. They will then be shipped together and I will pay the shipping costs particularly when it is from a country that the cost of shipping could prohibit their participation. It is first come first served.
Can I use color? No, these should just be black, white or grey. If the paper is off-white, tan or a lighter brown that is fine. You can see in my dry point and linocut moths different color papers.
Do they need to be detailed? No, they could be as simple as a cut shape and no detail what so ever. That is up to you.
Can I get non-artists to join? Of course, everyone is welcome.
Do they need to be printed? Absolutely not, they could be simply cut or drawn. But no photography please.
Can I make any size moth? The moths should be 1″ (2.54cm) to 6″ (15cm). A little over or under is fine, but they should fall in that area. If you are really keen on making a giant one, please email me your idea and we can discuss. email@example.com
Do you want them cut out? Yes, please the moths should be cut out so that I receive the moth shape, not a rectangle of the paper. They will be attached directly to the wall so they look like they are flying.
How are they being shown? I am cataloging the location of every participant. I will make a diagram mapping where each person is from. I will attach the moths to the gallery walls with museum putty in lines connecting people together. For example. I will have a number of moths from Brooklyn, my home. If a person in Australia learned of the project from me, the moths will be attached to the wall in a direct line to Australia. If the person in Australia learns of the project from someone in the UK who got it from a friend in Canada who got it from me. Then the line of moths will “migrate” from Brooklyn to Canada, then the UK and on the Australia. It is going to take some serious logistical planning.
Can I make moths from my region? Yes, you can make the moth of your choosing.
What do I get? At the completion of the project I will design and print postcards that will be hand signed and mailed to every single participant.
Do I get my moths back? Unfortunately no. But the moths will be carefully preserved and cared for! I would like for this exhibition to tour internationally.
Deadline: All moths must be received by July 15, 2017. Mailing information will be given when you state your intention to participate by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please tell me your town and country so I can get started on collecting that data.
This is going to be amazing!
Call for Participation! Cut paper and/or printed moths – Deadline July 15, 2017
I was invited to create an installation for the exhibition titled, “Cross Pollination.” Curated by Valerie Roybal, with assistance from Claude Smith and independent curator Aimee Gwynne Franklyn at 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM . Cross Pollination refers to how insects and other creatures pollinate plant life, but also to the cross pollination of ideas in art and science. I want to create an artwork using moths, nocturnal pollinators, as the vehicle for the cross-pollination and systematic exchanges between people.
Anyone from around the world may participate by making paper cut out moths. Moth will be cataloged and attached to gallery walls and ceiling in a giant geographically accurate web. This web will trace the origin location to every participating person. The moths will “fly out” from Brooklyn, NY and “fly” from city to state to country tracing the “migration” pattern of people’s participation.
My goal is to create and attract at least 40,000 moths. The number derives from the number of moths a grizzly bear may eat per day prior to hibernation. What does the grizzly have to do with migration? Probably not a whole lot beyond intercepting the work of the moths by eating them all.
- Color: black, white or grey paper and or/ink – No colour
- Size: No larger than 6″ (15.25cm)and no smaller than 1″ (2.5cm).
- Paper weight can be variable, from about 30g/m to 270g/m.
- Matte paper only please – No Glossy Paper – No “printer paper”
- Species: Any moth of your choosing. I encourage your regional moth.
- Deadline: All moths must arrive by July 15, 2017
- Mediums: Cut paper, Linocut, lithography, Etching, Laser cut, Silkscreen, Letterpress, Drawing, no photograph no digital prints, no computer print outs.
- When in doubt keep image plain and simple
- Documentation: All locations and connections to people will be documented on paper and my website. A text sheet and diagram with all participants will accompany the installation.
- You may make as many or as little moths as you like, but it would be ideal to have at least 5 of the same moth for visual groupings.
- Please print name, city or town, state or province, country and who you found out about the project from. I will trace everyone back to the origin.
- Please fill out this form by clicking here.
- Exhibition dates are August 19 – November 11, 2017 but I need the moths by July 15th in order to photograph and catalog them. Installation begins August 1, 2017.
- Important: Moth shape must be cut out of paper. Please do not send moth with any background image or paper. Just the outside contour as seen in the top image.
- Please share your photos progress and completed moth photos on our FB group page, Moth Migration Project
Fine Print: Due to the volume of expected contributors I am unable to return the moths. All participants will receive a moth postcard in the mail signed by me as a thank you and acknowledgment of their participation. The exhibition will be well documented and all photos will be available from my website. Your contribution will also be noted on my website. There are no fees and no exchange of money involved.
Please email your intention to participate and questions to: email@example.com
You will receive mailing instructions, once you confirm your participation.
Thank you so much for contribution to my project.
Now I must get back to printing.