When Project Spectrum ended last August, I received lots of feedback about what to do (and when to do) the second round. I knew that I needed some time off to focus on my last semester of school, and to prepare for the other blog-related extravaganza of Socktoberfest Luckily, things went smoothly, and now here we are looking onto a whole new year, and the prospects of more crafty colorful creations!
I have received several emails asking if Project Spectrum will resume in January 2007. I would like a little more time to gear up for it, so I actually prefer a February start date, or later – maybe March, like last year's Project. Of course, don't let the start date hold you back from creating a colorful craft menagerie!
There was a discussion thread on Flickr's Project Spectrum group – you can read it all here - and there are some wonderful suggestions. However, four months have passed, so people's ideas change, as well as plans for the future. Plus, new ideas crop up, and may revolutionize the whole thing all together!
So, I would love to know some things from YOU:
- Do you want a Project Spectrum 2.0?
- When would you like it to start?
- What structure should it follow? Like last year's? or something new and radical?
- Do you want to take more than one month with a color?
- Do you want to extend the project over a whole year, or only 6 months like the first round?
Here's what I am thinking:
- I want crafters and artists of every stripe to join the festivities! This may be primarily a knitting blog, but some of the most inspiring projects that I saw in last year's project were from quilters, painters, photographers, paper artists, and crocheters.
- I want to switch up the colors, but still use a logical order. Last year, we started at Red (and pink) and followed the rainbow through, ending with the neutral colors. My personal preference would be to start with BLUE, as I have so many projects that I am dyeing to do with this amazing color but of course, that is up for debate.
- I want the Project to remain open and free to interpretation throughout its tenure. If you aren't "feeling" a certain color of the month, you don't need to feel obligated to create with it. No pressure is the name of this game, as always.
- I want participants to feel comfortable expanding their horizons. In last rounds orange and yellow month (April), many people stated that these were their least favorite colors, but actually the time when they were the most creative!
- I don't want it to become a "chore", and for people to get bored with it. I felt like this happened last time, and I would love to have some suggestions on how to keep it fresh throughout.
If you have some thoughts, ideas, or answers to the questions above, please share a piece of your mind – give me your two cents! (Please don't be shy! you could have a great idea, and I wanna hear it!) I want Project Spectrum to be something special! Ideas will be gathered in this space, and we can talk about the possibilities and make some decisions together
For the newcomers, you can learn more about Project Spectrum here:
The post that got the ball rolling – almost a year ago!
Crafters share their colorful creations and captures for each month, March – August
Amy Singer gave our little Project some props in a magazine!
So, what's in store for Round Two? You tell me!