Colours, Community and Chemistry and a website in need of updating.
For the exhibition which drew on the book’s themes, I made sound recordings of craftivists, feminists, academics and working class Northerners, we all took photos (including of the exhibition’s Comments book) and started a simple blog or wrote for each others’ blogs.
My new skills, or sped-up skills, came in handy when relaunching a website that included multimedia about the exhibition rather than having too tight a focus on the book. I found Wordpress much easier than organising a website from scratch, and free applications like Audacity were easy to pick up for editing people’s voices.
sound files on the web pages about the exhibition, offering different ways in to the original story, as well as different stories.
2015 was different again: This year I launched a presence on LinkedIn and Twitter (@papercroissant). What were the results? Well, it depends on your measures. I quickly connected with people on LinkedIn by roving around, and the numbers would be bigger if I checked in more often and clicked without thinking.
Five months ago I sneaked into (or is that onto?) the Twittersphere by choosing a couple of images for my profile page: the background of a startling blue beetle on a raspberry leaf that startled me one morning, and a portrait by English painter Geoffrey, made in Venice.
My first tweet took just under an hour to construct, the second just under under an hour, etc. I’m still not speedy because I try and find a new angle and related image. When people in the same space (physical or virtual) are commenting on the same event, I’ve found the connections more satisfying than I imagined. And it’s a good place to celebrate other authors’ achievements.
With so much technological choice it’s nice to join with people you’re acquainted with from the physical world, as I found from my research seven years ago. But that isn’t always necessary, and diving in a bit deeper has brought new discoveries that are not just about modes of communication; they’re helping me to reflect on creativity itself.