Free Art Friday

 

Have you heard of Free Art Friday?  If the answer is ‘no’, then I hope to help you discover what this wonderful bit of generosity, love, fun and Random Act of Kindness(‘s) is about. Stick with me .. you might just want to get involved in this. 

I hadn’t  heard of this myself until a few years ago when I saw a really fabulous artist interviewed on TV (here in the UK) about it.  

It all began over ten years ago with a British Artist who goes by the name of  My Dog Sighs (who was the chap being interviewed).  The moment the interview finished I knew I wanted to join in with this bit of ‘lovely’ in a world which seems to be increasingly unlovelyBut one thing has stopped me.  I don’t ‘do’ Facebook or Twitter, and in order to get the word out about your own particular piece of ‘Free Art’, you need to be able to give people clues about where your piece(s) of free art can be found so that they can go on a type of Treasure Hunt to find it.

Facebook scares the heck out of me.  People seem to get verbally bullied beyond belief on these social networking sites, and I’m just not the sort of person to get involved with allowing that sort of conduct.  But … I want to get involved in this Free Art Movement!  Catch 22 situation. 

So .. I’ve begun my adventure and joined Facebook – but I haven’t figured it all out yet.  I’m still trying to work out how to use the darn site.  Boy, is it confusing!   I will also look into joining Twitter and see if I can find a group in the area around where I live.

Here’s how Free Art Friday works:

  • Create a piece of art
  • Write on an attached tag “Free Art, to take home and enjoy” ~ adding the artist’s name, email or web address is optional.
  • Place your piece of artwork somewhere in public, indoors or out.
  • Some people make a game out of it and leave clues on Twitter.
  • It’s NOT an exclusive group or movement.  ANYBODY can join in.

There are now Artists across the world making their own art and leaving it outside, somewhere noticeable but slightly hidden, for others to discover, and take,  free of any charges or from any costs to themselves.

There are no real rules as suchwhich is a joyThe only ‘rules’ are:  that the art has to be exclusively free art and you need to make sure that the work is easily removable from where you’ve left it,  and does little or no damage to its environment.  Oh … and it doesn’t actually HAVE to be a Friday either.  (It just started as this, and it’s kind of grown into an any day free art)

Some artists will put out a painted canvas or mixed art canvas, others use materials found on the street, – such as cardboard, bits of wood, or a tin can – which is popular,  but your only limit is your imagination.  Many free art Friday participants’ work is fun and good-natured, which cheers up the folk seeing it (maybe on their way to work in the morning) and also, obviously, bringing a smile to the face of the person who claims the Free Art for themselves.

Artists have been leaving their art for others for many years, but My Dog Sighs can be credited with galvanizing the Free Art Movement when he coined the phrase “Free Art Friday“.  After several years he started his Flickr Group (in 2006), and you can find the My Dog Sighs website  HERE (it will open in a new page).

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This is a typical ‘notice’ which can accompany a piece of free art.  There is a ‘global’ Art Abandonment page of Facebook, where artists all over the globe post photographs of the art they’ve abandoned, and where people who have found a free piece of art can say on Facebook that they’ve found something & post a photo of the item, or they can email (see the email addy at the bottom of the hand out above).

If you’d like to  view the Art Abandonment Facebook page,   CLICK HERE.

 

Below is an article from a newspaper I found on-line which talk about F.A.F in Gloucester (in the UK): (if you right-click on the photo and choose ‘View Image’ it will open up into a bigger picture for you)

FAF news article for Gloucester

So … now you know a little bit about Free Art Friday …  does it make you want to take part?  Does it bring a feeling of joy knowing that you could do something lovely to make someone else smile?   And …  they won’t have to pay a penny for the wonderful gift from the heart which you made.  Would it make you smile to find your own piece of Free Art?

Cobwebs 1st Free Art Friday

 

The Message Feather

a blow up of the hand painted feather on the can art, ‘The Message’

The photograph above is a painting on an empty, washed and cleaned out, tin can, which would normally have gone into my re-cycling bin.  However, I took a hammer to it (outside on a rock) and flattened it, and made sure that there were no sharp corners.  I then primed it and painted the background, then painted a white feather on it.  A feather from an Angel, perhaps?  I’ve called it  ‘The Message’, and only the person who takes the art will know what the message that feather brings for them.  I framed the can in a box frame.  It’s destined to be my first Free Art Friday piece of art … once I’ve figured out how to navigate Facebook and Twitter. {Cobwebs sighs}

Believe

 

But …  Free Art Friday art doesn’t have to be a painting. Artwork could be something knitted, crocheted, painted, printed, stamped, sewn, drawn or any of hundreds of different artistic things.  It could be a scrapbook made from loo roll tubes,  a card,  a Tag, a painting on canvas/cardboard/bit of MDF/Wood/etc, or maybe a key ring you’ve made, a bookmark, a stone you found in the garden and painted with patterns etc.  An ATC or ACEO.   Anything … anything you can make, is your own artwork.

Artwork placed on the street for a member of the public to take home and enjoy.  Go on, make someone’s day!

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16 thoughts on “Free Art Friday

    • Hellooooo Hannah. 🙂
      Facebook … well I’ve joined but I’m scared to death of the place! LOL. At the moment I’ve only got two friends there, simply because I didn’t feel able to go asking round for friends to join me. I thought ‘if I capture someones imagination and they want to ‘friend’ me, then I’m happy to do so. But … I’ll check ’em all out first. Anyone who’s a bit sharp tongued I’ll have to give a miss, because I just don’t want to go into verbal challenges with folk.

      The Hat Pins …. I know you posted them because …… THEY ARRIVED TODAY!!! We don’t get post here until around lunch-time, so there was a little package waiting for me when I got home. Ohhh HANNAH! They are truly, incredibly, amazingly, beautiful and I love them. You really REALLY do need to make a few and test them out on etsy or ebay or craft fairs etc etc, because paper crafters will buy them. I would buy these from you in a heartbeat. They’re the perfect length. Paper crafters/card makers/scrapbookers actually don’t want huge long things, but most of the hat pins are way too long so we all have to try and hide the majority of the empty pin. But yours are exactly right. They are so pretty to look at too. Such a wonderful lustre to the beads.

      I have made a sample of the idea I had for your pins and I think it would work … but I think you will get a better result because … aw, no I’m not going to tell you because it will give it away. I’ll send it and then you can see it. (Sorry that I haven’t already sent it .. I’ve had some hospital appointments and they always take way too long and they exhaust me. But .. I’m ready to go now so I’ll post tomorrow.
      L ❤ ve you to pieces my friend. ~ Cobs. x

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      • Hello Cobs, So glad they reached you safely – obviously I won’t go into details but you have just the best address! I look forward to seeing your idea but please don’t worry if it doesn’t come right for you to post them today. Life should be too rushed or too stressful (I mutter to myself several thousand times a day lol).

        Most of Facebook is fine but some of the groups can get a little heated at times. I’m mostly in craft groups and really its a rare occurrence and is usually dealt with quite quickly.

        Hospital appointments, especially on such a hot day, don’t sound fun. Hope you have managed to recover.

        Love Hannah x

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        • Hello Hannah! 🙂
          I’m sat smiling bigly here … about the address. [nodding in agreement] … it’s lots of fun and I do love it. Someone on that famous TV crafting channel (the one based in the uk) said how much he loved the address and was stood there chuckling about it on live TV. He was enjoying it so much that just for a moment I feared he would share it with the world and his wife! eeek! .. lol But he didn’t thank heavens. However he said he wanted to!. lol 🙂
          l ove ~ Cobs. x

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        • EEEK! I forgot to say … THANK YOU SO MUCH for the beautiful card! It was my very most favourite out of all the ones which you’d made, and I’m absolutely beside myself with happiness about it. I have it held in a big peg thingy on my desk at the moment, but before any dust particles get to it, and before the light from the sunshine coming through the window fades it at all, I shall add it to my special card album.

          I have kept all the handmade cards I’ve ever received in a card album, so that I can take it out from time to time and enjoy the wonderment of them all over again and remember the love each one was made and given with. I so very much cherish these cards, and yours, Hannah, will join them, but not until I’ve loved it with my heart and eyes, and enjoyed it on my desk first. 😉
          lve ~ Cobs. x

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          • Hello Cobs, You are very welcome. I fear that I forgot how to write when I was getting the package together so I hope the message inside wasn’t too garbled. Such a lovely idea about having a card album. A friend of mine once asked me to make a card for a close friend of hers. I did and she was delighted with it. A week later her friend came to where we worked with all the embellishments I had used on the card so I could re-use them! She had simply had the card a week and then pulled it apart. The look on my poor friends face. It’s lovely to know that on this occasion my card is being cherished. Much Love Hannah x

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            • Ohhhhh!!! NOOOOoooooooo!! I cannot believe that she did that after all your hard work! (I would have cried), and what’s worse … SHE DID IT IN FRONT OF HER FRIEND WHO BOUGHT THE CARD FOR HER?!!!! Dear Dog! What was she thinking?!

              I have honestly truthfully kept every single handmade card I’ve ever been sent, and adore looking at the cards over and over again. I never get tired of pulling that album out and remembering. You’d be surprised about how intense the memory is which is inbuilt in each card and how much love I can feel pouring out of them. One of my blessings is my card album.
              sending oodles of lve ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Claire! Aw thrilled you like this. Hope you can talk yourself into getting involved.
      The Happiness Tag?!!! Ohhh wow. I’ve not heard of this. I shall go straight over to your blog right now and check this out.

      Thank you, my lovely friend. I feel so honoured that you would think of me! ~ Cobs x

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  1. I’m on that site Cobs…have been for a while now. Nothing scary about facebook if you keep your page private and pick your friends wisely. I haven’t left many pieces as of yet but have left a few locally. I’ll get back to it now I’ve been reminded :). love, eva

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    • Oh that’s brilliant Eva, I’m thrilled to hear you’re there and sharing your love. 🙂 In the world in which we are living, right now I think we need all the love, caring and random acts of kindness we can share if we hope to have a chance of getting on top of all this hatred, nastiness and vileness which we’re currently seeing happening.
      Have a blessed day my friend. lve ~ Cobs. x

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