Project is looking for more contributions before going to print:
As a writer, editor, and longtime cephalopod admirer (so much so that I wear eight permanently inked, suction-cup-covered arms wrapped tightly around my neck) it was inevitable that my love for collective art, octopi, and book projects would eventually collide.
While being lucky enough to work alongside talented artists on a daily basis, I started envisioning what a handsome arrangement could be cultivated if we focused on the intelligent, ocean-dwelling species with three hearts, no bones, and blue blood, known as the octopus.
After throwing the idea around with my colleagues, it soon became apparent that this beautiful creature was a true source of artistic inspiration for many, and it seemed that everyone I spoke to about the project wanted to be a part. An added incentive for getting involved is that 10% of the profits from book sales will go towards arts education and keeping creativity alive in schools, through an incredible charitable organization called donorschoose.org that connects donors to classrooms in need.
And so here we are...welcome to Eight Arms of Inspiration. I'm so happy that you are here and I hope that you will join this creative troupe and come along for this imaginative ride.
The guidelines are simple:
1) Draw, paint, tattoo, sketch, photograph, sculpt, sew, build, carve, write a poem about, crochet, design a piece of jewelry, bead, woodwork, knit, etc., a piece of artwork that focuses on the octopus. *May include previously completed pieces.
2) Take a clear photo of your artwork and email a high-resolution photo to:
*Discs can also be sent via snail mail to the address provided below
3) Print out & sign this release form and either email a photo or PDF file of the signed, scanned copy OR mail it via snail mail to:
Out of Step Books
℅ Jinxi Caddel
PO Box 2652
Riverside, CA 92516
4) Submission deadline is April 27, 2012.
Please note that not all images will be use, and the inclusion of submitted work depends on the number of submissions and the space available in the book. While I wish we could present each artist with a book when it is produced, it's unfortunately not a viable option, so please be aware of this before you submit. However, books will be available at a slight discount for any contributor whose work is published. Credit will be given to each artist alongside their work inside the book.
Add your submission today and be a part of this collaborative artistic effort that seeks to honor the octo, and keep arts education and imagination alive and thriving.
Viva la creativity!