Lively Matter is a grand adventure of the ordinary. It is an invitation to carve out packets of time in our daily lives to be present with the tangible world that is always right under our nose. I offer to you a 52-card activity deck, and a “will return at” pouch for taking digital breathers. The deck of cards will pull us away from our devices and send us out into the tangible world for bite-size adventures close to home.
We rarely stop to think about it, but matter is absolutely remarkable! It swirls up into forms that we can see and touch, smell and hear, taste and think about. It gathers into the shapes of cherry blossoms! Seashells! Tea cups! Spices! Material things have something to say—something to do and something to be—that is beyond words. With this project, I am exploring the marvelous liveliness that is intrinsic to matter—to all made things, both human and nonhuman.
Each card in the Lively Matter deck gives instructions for a tangible, mini adventure that you can do by yourself or with friends. The activities are delightful, thoughtful, and repeatable. For example: get a gum ball at a vending machine, then pay special attention to that color for the rest of the day. Or: enjoy a “Seed Packet Symphony” at the hardware store. Or: contemplate a pinch of salt in three different fascinating ways! The activities don't take a lot of time, but they do encourage creativity, observation, and poetic engagement with the everyday world.
I have designed a beautiful pouch to keep your deck of cards in. The pouch is also for tucking away your devices and encouraging yourself to get out into the marvelous material world for embodied adventures. Silk-screened and sewn by my pals at Year Round Co, the pouch includes a “will return at” clock dial. This pouch lets you consciously unplug. Simply set your intention, set the dial, turn off your phone and zip it up inside! The pouch will keep you honest and cheer you on! Take a break from the flat, slick screen of your phone, look up, and pay attention to the forever blossoming reality of the three-dimensional world.
I - Lea Redmond - am always reading, researching, and experimenting with tangible, full-sensory experience. In my art space in Downtown Oakland -- Lucky Penny Parlor -- I collect artifacts and explore their poetic, playful capacities. To design this deck of cards, I've also turned to philosophers, scientists, and poets, friends and family. I sink my heart into everything I make, and I hope you'll join me in this project!
Lea has made things like crazy since she was a wee one, such as this tiny paper soda pop machine. You can explore her world at LeaRedmond.com. Her participatory art projects, such as With A Pencil In My Pocket and Sugar Books invite people to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Lea dreams up and designs whimsical goods such as Seed Money and Matchbox Theater for her business, Leafcutter Designs. Her World’s Smallest Post Service has charmed tens of thousands of people with teeny tiny mail. Lea also creates books, journals, and games via various publishers, including Letters To My Future Self, All Lovely Things, Knit The Sky, and Paint Chip Poetry. She recently opened Lucky Penny Parlor in Downtown Oakland, a tiny 250-square-foot storefront and wonder cabinet. She was recently the first ever "Artist In The House" at Chronicle Books, where she turned the publishing house's elevator into a tea room.
Here's a quick talk I gave about designing wonder...
This is what my storefront studio looks like:
Looking for long-form? Here's a lecture I gave about romance and design...
Risks and challenges
My experience as the creator of Leafcutter Designs (and 7 successful Kickstarter projects) has prepared me to be able to design and direct the production of the card decks and zipper pouches. Material sourcing and production for this project are pretty straightforward. The trickiest part of this project will be scaling production efficiently--whether up or down in quantity--to match the number of supporters. Otherwise, I just need time and space to do the project. I’m ready to rock as soon as you say “yes!” The more folks on board, the more time I can devote to designing the activities, making it all the more awesome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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