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Today I left a path of happiness from the Peter Karmel Building to Myers and then back again.

There were a few dramas getting magnets printed, but it all worked out in the end. Since it was just black and white text, it didn’t have to be particularly high quality.

Over the course of about an hour and a half, I distrubuted about 50 positive messages through Civic. I quickly discovered that not all metallic surfaces are magnetic (that hadn’t even occured to me) – but thankfully most pole, bins, benches, bicycles and cars are.

I tried to leave messages in both discreet, suprising places, and really obvious places where someone will definately happen across them. I didn’t stick around to see what happened with the messages, but the lady who asked me what I was doing gave me a smile – mission accomplished.

More photos of today can be found in the Day Eight: Magnetic set on the Flickr Photostream.

Cheers,

Katie

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Going Global

Last night, I added a new page to the blog – Get Involved. The full details can be seen there; but the basic premise is that people print out positive messages; stick them up in public; photograph them; and then send me the photograph or post it on the facebook group.

I was absolutely delighted and amazed when I got home this afternoon (after an excellent day battling pirates) to find this up on facebook:

Thankyou, John from Newcastle – you improved my already fantastic day!

And another big thankyou to Elyse in Sydney, who posted several pictures this evening:

Going Global has its own Flickr Set – keep an eye out.

Cheers,

Katie

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Make Your Day was officially launched at 6pm on Friday the 16th of October. The launch was part of Adore Skunk Wiz, a show at Old Parliament House organized by Andrew Zukoski and featuring works by Andrew, CameronĀ  Chamberlain, Charles White, Travis Heinrich, and myself.

One Gross Amount of Planes

One Gross Amount of Planes

This is what 144 paper aeroplanes looks like. I distributed the planes, carrying the invitation to “have some fun”, about the courtyard that the show took place in. As with most things, it took me a lot longer to fold 144 planes than it took for them to be pretty much destroyed.

In retrospect, the crowd that Old Parliament House attracts on a Friday night is not really the appropriate crowd for paper aeroplane shenanigans; but some people had some fun with it.

Having Some Fun

Having Some Fun

This guy absolutely made my night – he and his friends walked in, sat down, and had an epic paper plane battle.

Exactly the result I was after.

After the sun went down, I fired up the overhead projector to begin the first of my Positive Propaganda displays.

A suggestion followed by all present

A suggestion followed by all present

I was very pleased with how the projections worked out. I would have like to have been able to project onto the walls of the courtyard, however the doors and windows distorted the projections to the point where they were impossible to read, so I ended up using the wall of the adjacent corridor. The smooth surface worked perfectly, and the projections were still visible from the courtyard and dining area.

Ceiling Projection

The overhead projector is excellent to work with – much less complicated than the data projector, and for the simple effect I was after it was perfect. I was able to experiment with the angle and size of the projections a little; and I also tried using coloured cellophane as part of the projection. I really like the effect this gave – it made the projections much more interesting and allowed me to play around with an added compositional element.

Overall, I felt that it was a good night and a very successful launch for Make Your Day. More photos of the night are avalible on the Make Your Day Flickr Photostream
Cheers,

Katie

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