Design as Play

Ulla-Maaria Mutanen of HobbyPrincess has written a very interesting piece Design as Play

Removing play from the scope of socially significant work and adult activities has led to its trivialisation. Play has no place in the professional world or the social innovation system. In Finland too we consider technology to be a technical activity rather than a creative one. According to the stereotype, Finnish companies are headed by serious-minded, untalkative engineers.
In the light of current trends, however, it looks like the role of play in work, especially in design and research work, will have to be re-evaluated. One reason for this can be found in the ongoing innovation crisis within established institutions and businesses. Organisations trimmed to maximise their economic performance no longer represent the kind of environment in which the best new ideas and innovations can develop.

Click the link it’s worth a reading


The Katrina Hurricane survivor fundraiser are on EBay

Drum roll please … I have the URLS for the All that Jazz quilts that are to be auctioned are are on Ebay. It’s a 10 day auction and here are the links. The large quilt is All that Jazz no 1 and there is All that Jazz no 2 followed by All that Jazz no 3.

As I pointed out yesterday the production and auction of these quilts is a fundraiser for survivors of the Katrina disaster. Willa Fuller of In the Willawags is acting as an agent in the US and selling these quilts on Ebay for us.

The quilts have been valued by an accredited assessor and they were valued at $3,000, $1,800 and $1,200 dollars (Australian) respectively. This documentation will accompany the quilts and who ever buys them will receive the paper work with the quilt. Hopefully we will be able to raise a decent sum for the hurricane survivors.

The instigators of this project are myself and Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World who acted as coordinators. Linda Barraclough of Chloe’s place has been acting as an advisor and I would like to publicly thank her for her input and ideas. Thanks goes out to Willa Fuller of In the Willawags who is acting as our point of contact in America. Of course we could not realise the project without the blocks received from everyone who participated and without the assistance of the Canberra Crazy Quilters group.

A Gallery is online which displays each block in all its glory. In the gallery you can click on the individual blocks in the quilt and it will take you to a close up. On the page is an statement from each artists and links to their home pages.

Please spread the word on blogs, email discussion lists and anywhere else you can think of as the money goes to a good cause.

The Katrina Hurricane survivor fundraiser quilts go on Ebay on Wednesday

I am jumping around the kitchen this morning as I received word from Willa that the Katrina fundraiser quilts are going up on Ebay this Wednesday AM (US time). Please spread the word post to lists, blogs as much as you can and watch this space for a link to the auction and further news from Willa.

For those who are unaware of this project All that Jazz is a fundraiser for survivors of the Katrina disaster. The aim has been to produce crazy quilts to be auctioned on Ebay with the money going to support survivors of hurricane Katrina. Willa Fuller of In the Willawags is acting as an agent in the US and selling these quilts on Ebay for us.

I asked 19 well known crazy quilters to work an 8 inch block. The 20th block was a winner’s block chosen by popular vote from blocks people donated. After a voting period the winner was announced on Christmas eve as being Marty Trahan.

We had enough blocks to make 3 quilts. All that Jazz no 1 is the main quilt and the others have been assembled from competitors blocks. Of course individual blocks are wonderful but it is in how they sit together that the quilts really take on a real presence.

A Gallery is online which displays each block in all its glory. In the gallery you can click on the individual blocks in the quilt and it will take you to a close up.

So spread the word that the quilts are going on sale Wednesday AM (US time).