This is a contact page for the Starting Small. If you are interested in participating in this project by painting one of these handmade miniature skateboards, and potentially distributing others to friends who you think would like to participate, please contact me below.
The goal of this project is to gather a large number of painted skateboards, that will be displayed alongside each other on social media @projectstartingsmall, as well as on my page @tombrowncreates. In the future, my goal is to display these works in the format of a group show. Anyone is welcome to participate.
This project explores the connected web of our social networks via the playful lens of a skateboard deck. Since the beginning of skateboarding, the blank canvas of the skateboard has been explored as a surface for creating art, echoing the playfulness, subversive spirit and DIY nature of the sport. Each skateboard is lovingly handcrafted in miniature by me, as a reflection of my own practice. Miniatures are easy to share, quick to paint, and reflect a sense of wonder and magic that recalls a childhood sense of wonder and exploration. It is my desire to share the experience of working on an intentionally small scale. The changes in attention, perception, technique and creativity which it allows for have the power to create a new perspective, be it on an artistic practice, or something else!
To anyone who chooses to take part in this project: thank you, I cannot wait to see what you do with it, and I hope you have fun!
The rules for this project:
I will send you a skateboard. You will paint/collage/sketch/draw/doodle/illustrate/transfer/print/burn/experiment on it, and return it to me.
Each person will paint ONE skateboard. If you choose to accept more than one skateboard, you will distribute them to your friends or colleagues who wish to participate, collect them, and return them to me.
Participation implies consent to have your images displayed (with full credit) both on social media and in a real life context.
This project is purely not-for-profit, costs you nothing beyond the cost of return postage, with the possibility of a future sale of the work benefiting a charitable cause.
The project retains ownership of the skateboard, and any imagery you provide for the project, though you retain the rights to reproduce any imagery associated with your participation.
All participants will be credited equally.
These rules are subject to change as the project evolves.