So awesome! So much stuff!!
All Tomorrow’s Problems doesn’t aim to necessarily solve anything, but it takes up the position that we can’t wait for anyone else’s solutions either. Every Monday night, a group of people (artists, communicators, designers, academics, students, researchers, strangers, and just all-around passionate people) get together and try to spark conversations around the problems we’re encountering on an everyday basis and the long-term, large-scale potentials of them.
Those conversations are sometimes focused, while other times they’re rather sprawling. The work last night revolved around a decision to make a series of posters on a range of issues the group might continue to tackle at large. Nudges, adjustments, conversation starters were the general description we gave to the rationale behind the posters. The form was also constrained by these rules.
5-minutes to design and then we discuss.
The posters captured prompts and positions.
Some were interactive sketches.
Others a plan for a serial conversation.
Some riffed off of existing campaigns (CCS, talk to your kids about art).
Others attempted to claim new territory.
Sketches of thought patterns.
Most of the results at the end of the night.
Sketching ideas, but no commitments to production yet.
We used Letraset to typeset the posters.
Tanya and Veronica sorting through sheets of random fonts…
…there’s an immediate gratification to applying the letters one by one, as we all became designers for the evening.
Flip me and change Windsor for ever.
Randy working his green pen to annotate the grammar posters, with Phil’s notebook of ideas.
Dan’s ‘Take me to your neighbour’ idea.
Windsor, you are unpredictable.
Nicole working with a very heavy font.
More grammar, by Randy.
Great Windsor (forthcoming).
End of the evening.
Phil’s interactive poster, part 1.
Phil’s interactive poster, part 2.
You should come by next week. Not sure if we’re making posters or not, but you can be sure it’s going to to the best two-hours you’ll have spent on a Monday night in a while. As always, it’s free and open to all ages.
All Tomorrow’s Problems: Tonight we’re Asking New Questions, making posters with vintage Letraset, and you’re invited
Remember Letraset? Here are some examples of what we’ve done with it in the past.
Join us tonight for another edition of All Tomorrow’s Problems. We’re making a series of posters with vintage letraset. I’m not sure what else you really need to know, but for some background, ATP is a weekly design night where we focus on how to reframe, solve, or invent the big and small problems we’ll face in Windsor tomorrow, next year, and decades from now.
ATP is open to everyone and free. It runs Monday (tonight) at 7pm at CIVIC SPACE, 411 Pelissier.
Last Thursday, March 7th, we transformed Civic Space into a tattoo shop for one full day. This was the final event in a project we co-hosted with Portland’s Jason Sturgill called Windsor is Forever. In the spirit of Jason’s Portland project Art is Forever, Windsor is Forever became a community-driven art and tattoo project that gave Windsor residents an opportunity to make a permanent mark on themselves. It also gave us an opportunity to discover what Windsor might look like as a set of icons. We found out which objects or symbols were important to Windsor residents, and which could begin to tell a story of what Windsor was and will be.
Windsor is Forever allowed us to connect with artists from the area and help create something that would last forever. This project demonstrated that Windsor is very important to many people, and for some, it is an integral part of their identities.
Civic Space was transformed from a multi-use studio space to a sterile and appropriately-lit tattoo parlour in a day. This wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of everyone who played a part in making Windsor is Forever a reality. The commitment from those involved and the participants themselves was incredible.
We should also note that if you didn’t get a free tattoo on Thursday, but you’re interested in using one of the designs, don’t worry. The flash set that was created from Monday’s Sketch Night and from submissions thereafter will be available at local tattoo shops shortly!
We’d like to give huge thanks to everyone involved in this project. Thank you Jason Sturgill, Dave Kant, Steve Jones, Jon Jimenez, Arts Council Windsor & Region, all the reporters who came by to document the event, everyone who came out and contributed to Sketch Night, and everyone who contributed a Windsor story and came to get free a tattoo!
To view the entire set of tattoos finished during Windsor is Forever, please click here.
The seventh batch of appointments for Windsor is Forever, a collaborative project with Jason Sturgill, have been finished. Here are the results: three Windsor tattoos by Dave Kant, Steve Jones, and Jon Jimenez.
Dave Kant is on a roll with tattooing the crisp, black “W”. This guy had it done on the deltoid.
Another recurring design choice, the Windsor rose / Bridge design is being tattooed on a forearm.
Jon Jimenez pulls off another well-toned Windsor rose.
This Windsor “W” is being done on a participant’s calf.
Here it is, a completed Windsor “W”, nice and bold. Tattoo by Dave Kant.
The sixth batch of appointments for Windsor is Forever, a collaborative project with Jason Sturgill, have been finished. Here are the results: three Windsor tattoos by Dave Kant, Steve Jones, and Jon Jimenez.
Zeke shows off his two inner-elbow tattoos. Tattoos by Steve Jones.
This participant got a Windsor / Detroit “W” on a very sensitive area near the inner elbow.
Here is another fine iteration of the “W” by Steve Jones.
Here is another crisp rose design underway.
This finished Windsor rose has been intensified with tonal work. Tattoo by Steve Jones.
The fifth batch of appointments for Windsor is Forever, a collaborative project with Jason Sturgill, have been finished. Here are the results: three Windsor tattoos by Dave Kant, Steve Jones, and Jon Jimenez.
Somebody finally got the Ford Model A design that Hiba designed. Tattoo by Dave Kant.
This participant submitted a “W” pulled from a classic car named the Chrylser “Windsor”.
The tattoo didn’t take long, but it looks fantastic. Tattoo by Steve Jones.
Here’s another inner arm tattoo…it’s a popular spot today! This guy is getting a Windsor seal.
Here is the finished Windsor seal. This time Jon Jimenez took it on.
The fourth batch of appointments for Windsor is Forever, a collaborative project with Jason Sturgill, have been finished. Here are the results: three Windsor tattoos by Dave Kant, Steve Jones, and Jon Jimenez.
The man himself, Jason Sturgill, got a nice ambiguous Colbert-inspired design tattooed by Jon Jimenez.
One participant got the Windsor rose / bridge design on the back of her shoulder.
Jon Jimenez added some detail to his Windsor rose / Ambassador Bridge design.
One participant got a simplified version of the Windsor seal.
Here is the finished Windsor seal with the outer ring removed (tattooed by Dave Kant).
The third batch of appointments for Windsor is Forever, a collaborative project with Jason Sturgill, have been finished. Here are the results: three Windsor tattoos by Dave Kant, Steve Jones, and Jon Jimenez.
Here is another version of the Windsor seal Dan Bombardier found (tattooed by Dave Kant).
Here is Dave Kant tattooing a Windsor “W” on a participant’s lower leg.
…and the finished product by Dave Kant. Check out that amazing line work.
This is the look of pure joy, the moment you realize that you have an awesome salt shaker tattoo on your arm.
Here is the finished work by Steve Jones. He added a bit of extra shading to the sides of the shaker. Awesome.
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