Thursday, December 30, 2010

The women are celebrating!

 Diana Dabinett, Shoe Cove, Newfoundland • "Saltfish"

 Audrey Feltham, Deer Lake, Newfoundland • "Stories of Restraint"

 Anna Horsnell Wade, Halifax, Nova Scotia • "Sisterhood"

 Padmaja Madhu, Bangalore, India • "Motherhood"

 Jeanette Obbink, Paris, Ontario • "Standing Tall"

 Kim Rempel, Beamsville, Ontario • "Impetus"

Jennifer Walden, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories • "A Mother's Journey"

Hi Ladies of International Women Celebrate!
We are pleased to have the electronic images and narratives of your works sent to us until Monday January 3, 2011. As requested by you, our collaborators, we are posting a few examples of the works submitted to date. Those selected represent a range of content and culture and we appreciate the time each of you have invested in creating your beautiful works.
Kim, Jeanette and Jill

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays to you all!

Hi Ladies:

Have a wonderful holiday!

A couple of reminders:

  1. We are working on a 24"x 24" or 60 x 60 cm format - preferably on canvas but clayboard and russian birch board with a 1/2" - 3" profiles are acceptable
  2. Please do not embed your electronic image in the submission email - a high resolution jpeg will assure we do not need to contact you again and ask you to reshoot. Send your narrative along at the same time.
  3. Shipping instructions will be discussed in the new year.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The sizing is standard and so are the hanging specs but your works are anything but!

Hi Ladies:

Whether you are just starting your work or it has been complete for a couple of weeks more questions have come up. The most recent question is about wiring your work. So off I sent again to Jeanette Obbink who often works on huge canvases.

From Jeanette:

Screw in eyes to the inside of the wooden frame (so the piece can still lay flat against a surface), roughly 6 inches from the top of the work,  use a metal wire with enough slack so that if you hold it in the middle the centre of the wire is about 3 inches from the top – it will require a bit of tweaking no doubt, but that should make it as even as possible and as ‘easy’ to hang all 100+ of them in an even manner.

If you gals follow this we will be thrilled on the other end.
Don't stress about shipping yet...I don't want them here until February!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

From November 22nd post

The electronic submission - preparing for our book!

Hello all:

Just a reminder that you are all working on a 24"x 24" CANVAS on stretcher.

The electronic submissions due Monday December 27th- Monday January 3rd instructions are:
  • A high resolution image 
  • The image needs to be 3”x3” = 216pt x 216pt with a resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch)
  • the size of the image will be roughly 2.3MB, but when you send the file you can zip the document by: right click (or for apple users Control click): ‘compress file’. Files can be in the following formats: .jpg, .tif, or .ps.
We cannot accept images that are placed in a word or publisher document – I need the original image file.
Clearly state in the email the title of the piece (keep it short) and your name as you want it to appear in the book.

The written submission tell your story!  In a MS Word document but text in the email is fine.

· Introduce yourself in 30-40 words
· Comment on what being a woman means to you 30-40 words
· Provide a narrative of your response (your work) to International Women Celebrate! 50-75 words

Monday, December 13, 2010

Using your digital camera for IWC! Book image ready!

From Jeanette Obbink and Leslie Leong-

·      Photograph your artwork on an overcast (but bright) day, a hazy day is excellent. Photograph it out in the open, not behind a building or tree. At the edge of your artwork (centre bottom - but not on your art), include a little piece of white photocopy paper. It is better to underexpose the image. 
·      Photograph as vertical as possible to avoid distortion
·      Using your camera – set to the highest resolution on your menu settings – go back your manual if need be (most are online) –
·      High resolution will indicate fewer photographs accommodated on your photo card
·      Your photograph should be close to 2 MB – this should produce an image that is high enough in quality for us – we’ll size it to suit the book
·      If need be you can use Google Picasa or a similar tool to send your photo
·      Please use your name on your file – i.e. Jane_Smith.jpg

Please also refer to the November 22, 2010 posting

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hello Ladies!

Just wanted to check in and send good wishes as you all finish your works. I am currently finishing grading papers for this semester.

Jeanette Obbink and I are meeting Monday to go over upcoming details for the electronic submission. We will post instructions to help you get the correct size and dpi for your image. Remember when sending your electronic image and narrative to use your full name i.e.  Jane_Smith.doc.

Also on the agenda for next week will be Canada customs instructions for those of you out of the country. For those in the US there will be an option to UPS your work domestically (an opening and closing date will be posted) to the depot of one of our partners and they will bring it across the border.

For all concerned - please do not ship anything until into the new year.  We are still trying to help those outside of North America with arrangements.

Best of holiday preparation...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

100 Women and about 10%

Well ladies:

Over one hundred women have answered the call via social network to be part of an initiative to observe the centenary of International Women's Day for the exhibition known as International Women Celebrate!

A collaborative effort indeed - thank you all taking the first step in this journey with us! Over the next few days I will be refining the list, adding your websites and blogs to my matrix and tying up any loose ends associated with our collective recruitment.

There are other items I will be attending to away from the exhibit so if I don't get back to you right away please know I will be on it shortly.

A few items that have come up:
  1. The electronic submission. I will touch base with collaborator Jeanette Obbink for specific step by step instructions to achieve the digital specifications for the image of your work that she will need for the book. The instructions will be posted in next week or two.
  2. For you international ladies - a sample Canada Customs form is being drafted and will be discussed on this blog. 
  3. The book will be for sale. There will be an opportunity to pre-order the book of International Women Celebrate!  Details will be on the AyrSpace website.
  4. Please do not ship works until the new year. We request works be at AyrSpace by Monday February 21, 2010.
All for now - thank you again.  Please join the blog!