INSTRUCTIONS for The Crimson Giant and The Tower of Babel

The Crimson Giant and The Tower of Babel

Dear Fellow Collaborators,

This project we are embarking on is an organic process. Please do not stress about time limits, the use of a particular style etc. The greatness of this work is going to be the diversity of voices, the differing methodologies and artistic styles and the diverse interpretations of the
title. The broad idea behind the book is the dissemination of
language/signs and symbols. Your interpretation of that theme will be
different to mine – do not fret – just go for it. The book is not a story, it is an artist’s
book which carries some elements of narration (should you wish), but is
essentially the outworking of ideas.


I have sent you (not all of you have received it as yet) section one of the book. My request to you is that you send section two to me.
The subject matter (as pertinent to the title and theme) is up to you,

I just ask that you keep to the same format so that the book can be bound. This is a sheet of A4 paper folded


Post me your section two, make a copy for yourself and for the other artists who are participating in this collaboration. Participating artists are: De Villo Sloan, Bifidus Jones, Karen Champlin, Jen Staggs, Erni Barr, Librarian on the Loose, and Marie. I understand that there will be lag from some of the other artists – I promise
NOT from me! I suggest that you post your section immediately it is complete to all the other artists. If you don’t hear from them after that, wrap them over the knuckles on IUOMA!! This project will be relatively easy to follow on IUOMA – perhaps we could all add blogs called THE CRIMSON GIANT once we get/send work so we know where to look, although for ease of reference we keep coming back here??. I personally am going to collate all these blogs to make ANOTHER book about the process of long distance collaborative work.


As I get/send the various sections I will send binding instructions with each of my mailings. That way you will be able to bind your own books.
Depending on the works received, the instructions may change and this will in all likelyhood be a COMPLEX binding (a few binding methods in one book)

PLEASE add your suggestions, comments recommendations etc – this is a participative project. I appreciate your willingness in this regard, admire your courage in tackling an
out-the-box- project , your generosity of spirit in sending ‘free’ artwork and
CANT WAIT to see where all this is going to lead. xxx

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Comment by cheryl penn on October 20, 2010 at 8:05am
Absolutely Austin - glad it wended its way to you x
Comment by Austin Wills James on October 20, 2010 at 2:02am
The sealed envelope with South African postmarks that I recieved today inside a larger envelope from Karen Champlin, is the one that was intended for myself, correct?
Comment by Jen Staggs on October 6, 2010 at 11:49pm
I only need 14 more pages. But that is about 13 more pages than I have in me. My brain waves are "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" by now. Must. Keep. Typing. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Comment by cheryl penn on October 6, 2010 at 10:51pm
I cant wait to see what you are going to produce! Did you see De Villo's blog on the fist part of the book - VERY helpful. I am MORE excited than you - its the fist time I am collaborating internationally - that's just amazing for me. Hope the thesis is on track?
Comment by Jen Staggs on October 6, 2010 at 3:19pm
Just got it! I am totally enamored and vaguely horrified that I might destroy your project with my goofy submission. I have spent almost an hour looking through your website I have to say I am so flattered to be a part of this project. You are so brilliant! I am excited to get to work. j
Comment by Marie Wintzer on September 30, 2010 at 12:57pm
OK Cheryl, I think I'm slowly starting to picture what the project is about. Really interesting. Thanks for the more detailed instructions. And I also found the post on Sloan's blog, which was fantastic as usual.
I would love to participate, yes, I'm in. Thanks for the invite!!



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