Monday, December 1, 2008

Current INFO on 6sides2every story

6sides2every story
International collaboration of artists and printmakers
Organized by Candace Nicol, Reno, NV

6sides2every story essentially is a social experiment involving 600+ artists from around the world. Each artist is carving one side of a wooden cube and then I am acting as the master printmaker, printing editions to be sent back to each participant. The project will highlight the inherent democracy that printmaking gives to artists of all levels: Professionals, amateurs, non-printmakers, mentors and students will all contribute to the project. The purpose of this project is to connect artists from different backgrounds and places.


6sides2every story represents a collaboration that illuminates the artist/printmaker relationship and printmaking’s inherent collaboration characteristic. By sharing a cube consisting of the same story, some artists will connect with each other in their communities, while others will share one story with strangers in other places. Participants will respond to one another’s marks, their visual images and the initial story. There is a tremendous amount of trust needed between each of the artists working on cubes and between myself (the printmaker) and every participant giving up their substrate with the understanding that all sides will be printed together and they each will receive a print. Each image/story and participant will also come together in what will be a virtual community via unique website - and a blog -

MORE DETAILS: (initial project)
6sides2every story is a collaboration that starts with an individual artist carving a side of a wooden cube. The first person has to clip a phrase from a newspaper, magazine, or internet, and carve a visual narrative on one side of the cube. (The cube is provided by Candace Nicol) The first person can also organize a group of artists within his/her community that will work together on the cube. This is NOT a requirement, though. Many artists that are starting the cube are sending it back to Candace Nicol. The stories are posted on the web and emailed to potential carvers. This method will allow for the movement of cubes across the country. When one artist is done, he/she will give the cube to another person along with the clipping. Each person responds to the clipping and to the previous marks carved into the cube. Artists do not have to be printmakers. They just have to be willing to participate and to carve the cube in a timely manner. There is no fee, but each person needs to either hand the cube to someone in his/her community or be willing to send the cube to another person outside of his/her community; and at the end, send it back to Candace for printing. Once the cube is finished, Candace will print an edition of 8. Each participant will receive a print with all 6 sides of the story. Blocks will be printed on 8”x10” paper.

1 comment:

spiderink said...

I just came across your blog (via Aine Scannell ) and I am very impressed with this project. What a terrific way to share the printmaking experience worldwide. I wish I could have been a participant.

I, too, love the the way the printmaking process encourages collaboration within the art community. I have found that the printmaking artists in NY (where I am) are a great source of inspiration and support for my me as an artist.

Kudos on this wonderful effort.