Collaborations, Swaps and Round Robins

In Activities & Events on August 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Original post by Ceeb Wassermann on behalf of Cheyenne Star Studio

Collaborations, swaps and round robins are a great way to get to know and work with other on line artists. When Ceeb was looking for ideas for guild activities, doing something like this was one of the first things that came my mind. What a great way to get to know each other! While there are lots of ways to do these kinds of group creations some basic definitions would probably help.

Collaborations – all artists involved work together on a single piece with each artist completing a different part of the piece. The final piece is completed by one of the artists then given to a member, the winner of a competition or raffle or can be donated or sold with the proceeds going to a chosen charity.

Swaps – components or pieces, such as charms or earring dangles, are created by each participant and one is made for each participant. Everyone swaps with everyone else and the result is all have several items that can be put together into a piece that is very special.

Round Robins – can be done making a single piece or a piece for each participant. The first artist starts the piece, say a chain and focal for a necklace, and sends it on to the next who then adds to the piece with their own unique vision and passes it on for the next and so on until the first person receives a completed unique and special necklace with a part of each artist in it. This is most fun if everyone starts one and the circle moves around and all end up with a piece.

A recommended size for a group is about 3-6 people so, depending on how many are interested, more than one group can be created within the guild. Of course this is a great idea to do in other settings as well such as a family reunion or Girls Night Out group.  There is also an awesome book which was a result of a set of collaborations called ‘A Charming Exchange’ by Kelly Snelling and Ruth Rae.

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