Things have been busy around j-boo headquarters in recent weeks. My newest book project has consumed most of my time as of late, and it's been equal parts: researching, corresponding with artists, receiving submissions, organizing galore, networking, word-spreading, stress managing, and most importantly.. having fun! This shindig that I speak of is none other than Eight Arms of Inspiration: The Octopus Art Project.
You can read all of the nitty-gritty details on the website, but the gist of this art book project is that we are bringing together an all-star cast of artists from around the world, collecting photos of their octopi-inspired artistic treasures, and building it into a hardback, coffee table-style book full of eye candy.
This collaborative effort seeks to honor the artists' work, while supporting arts education and keeping creativity alive in schools; as ten percent of the profits from book sales will go to an incredible charitable organization called donorschoose.org that connects donors to classrooms in need.
While I am thrilled to once again work alongside my tattoo artist friends, this project is particularly exciting because the door is open to artists of not only the ink industry, but also to those skilled enough to: draw, paint, sketch, photograph, sculpt, sew, build, carve, write a poem about, crochet, design a piece of jewelry, bead, woodwork, knit, and the list goes on.
So if you are a creative soul or you know of someone who is, please forward this information along. We are currently accepting submissions and will be until April 6th. This is your chance to bring octo-creativity to life and share your work with others. The reception so far has been amazing and I am blown away by the excellent artwork that has already been sent to my inbox. Please spread the word and be a part of the Eight Arms of Inspiration troupe.
For questions on how to submit, please visit the Eight Arms of Inspiration website.
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