Can you believe it's October already? With the first seven days of October comes the Ribbon Project - the interactive art project in which I've participated for the last several years. The email arrives in September and I always say yes. Then, suddenly, October 1st has arrived and I find myself wandering about with a purse full of camera and coloured ribbons.
This year October 1st fell on a Saturday and the organizer, Hannah Godfrey, chose a ribbon colour we've never before used - black. I had a few lengths of black tie-line in the drawer. I carried them with me throughout the day. However, nothing I saw wanted a black marker. What can black ribbon do? Mark a spot of mourning? Tie off cable to a grid in a theatre? These were the only two images that came to me. As I wasn't feeling particularly mournful, and I was no where near a lighting grid, my ribbons remained untied.
And thus was my theme for this year's project born. Using the colour of the ribbon to inspire the marking.