From www.artclash.com: “What is Fun-A-Day? The premise is simple: pick a project, do it every day in January, then show your work the following month in a big group show. Started in 2004 by a group of friends in Philadelphia, Fun-A-Day began as a way to stay creative and motivate each other to make things through the winter. Now in its ninth year, Fun-A-Day has grown from its Philadelphia roots–in 2010 there were 10 Fun-A-Day shows, organized by different art collectives and groups of friends across the country. If there’s not a Fun-A-Day show in your community, consider organizing one. It’s fun, easy and you’ll probably meet new friends!”
My friends Frankie, Morgan, and myself, are organizing a Fun-A-Day event here in Montréal (Facebook event here). The perfect way to fight boredom and keep on goin’ through the winter. I thought I’d write here about what I’m working on, and also include suggestions for others – after all, January is only two days a way!
I’m gonna call my project Food-A-Day. One of my winter goals has been to cook more often and be less anxious about being in kitchens (seriously, I swear I live off of toast and cereal most days), so I’ll be documenting some of my meals and writing daily journal entries on various food-y memories, pizza dates, riots-not-diets… Food is a pretty broad topic that can take me on all kindsa tangents and I’m looking forward to it. In the end, it’ll probably turn into a zine (as I’m sure you may have already guessed).
Here are some ideas for things-to-do-a-day: Read a zine; create a self-portrait; make a comic; give something away; try a new tea; write a letter; call a friend; write a haiku; try a new recipe; say hello to a stranger; write down a secret; learn something new about yr neighbourhood; bake something and share it; mend an item of clothing; make a postcard; take a picture; draw something; write about a childhood memory; write a review; learn a new word in a second, third, fourth language; make a diorama; write a song; write down a fear, a hope, and a goal; tell your friends what you love about them; learn a dance move; play a game; pet a cat; make a poster; listen to an album you’ve never heard before… and document your daily efforts!
So, who else is participating in Fun-A-Day? And what are you gonna do?
Zine-A-Day! (Of course.) I’ll be reading a zine-a-day and documenting my readings with weekly blog entries.
Nice choice. I can’t wait to read all about it!
This is such a cool idea! I’m totally gonna do this, thanks for the inspiration <3
So glad you’re into it! Have you decided what kinda project you’re gonna do yet? I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.
I’m going to do a drawing/comic a day. I’ll prob make a zine outta mine too if I like how it turns out! <3
Sweet! If we both manage to finish our zines (I’m awful with deadlines), let’s trade!
Haha me too but I’ll let ya know ;)
You have permission to make the most terrible tasting food imaginable. You have permission to make “stupid” food.
but what we REALLY want to know…..
how are your bowels?
I’m eating alfalfa sprouts non-stop and thinkin’ of you! My bowels are… good? But not yet ideal. Maybe I need to do a BOWEL CLEANSE ZINE RESIDENCY at the Kate Middleton.
although we’re mostly talking in code/sarcasm/realism here sooooooo
Are you doing Fun-A-Day??
I love this! Challenges that involve doing something every day are usually really good for me. I’m actually working out a list of something to do for each month of this year. January is read something everyday (to ease myself in/I’ve let myself get out of the habit) & prep for the following months.
That sounds really cool. I’m terrible with deadlines, but I love setting goals for myself and working on projects. I’d love to come up with something for every month! Keep me updated on yr progress. <3
Hi Amber! What a coincidence, back in November I made a list of DIY things to do every day in a single month. I`ve never heard of Fun-a-Day but I got the idea from the Stolen Sharpie Revolution`s list of zine-related activities to do during Zine Appreciation Month. Many of the DIY activities I chose overlap the ones you listed on this blog. I did my DIY month all through December and documented each day on my blog. You can check it out if you`re interested. Maybe it`ll also give you some ideas for Fun-a-Day!
Unfortunately, my DIY month was cut short on December 28 when I broke my right elbow and had to undergo surgery which I am still recovering from. So I can no longer make any decent art as long as my dominant hand is MIA. But it was definitely fun while it lasted :-)
All the best and have fun!!
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