Last year, my in-depth project, spoken word poetry, was wildly successful in my opinion. Hopefully, I can replicate that success with my in-depth topic this year, restoration.
Specifically, I want to restore furniture and other home items, hopefully I will be procuring these items from friends, family or otherwise at garage sales and other such places. Through the help of my mentor, I will go through the steps necessary to restore a piece on a case-by-case basis. If this item is something I intend to keep and is not belonging to another person, I may add my own touches to it, which will probably be all aesthetic. When this is over, I will return the item to it’s owner, however I will be taking before and after pictures of the item and keep a record of who it’s from for potential use in my learning center.
I wanted to do restoration because most of what I do is performance and art based. My passions and primary interests are theater, spoken word poetry (last year’s in-depth really worked out for me) etc. so this year I’d like to do something entirely new. I will be working with my hands mostly, which is something I don’t really do all that much. I’m not sure, if like in poetry, if I will carry on doing this after the project has ended, but I think it should be fun and interesting for the duration of the project.
My needs for this project will be a lot of careful guidance from my mentor, as I know very little about restoration currently. I will also need a good flow of items to restore, one every two weeks or so.
My mentor for this project is Kharla Thompson-MacDonald, (otherwise known as Emma MacDonald’s mom!) I still need to meet with her, however she has committed to mentoring me and we will sort out logistics in our first meeting.
Finally, as I said before I will be trying to restore one piece every week or so, depending on the size of the item.
I am looking forward to getting to work!