Fancy being part of a worldwide artistic event on Friday 21/12/12 spearheaded by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto?
We do. We think it's all a bit bonkers, and yet it also makes a lot of sense. So even though it's only a day away, we want to get involved. And we hope you do too. It's a busy time of year - so take a few moments out to breathe, and create, with us. Here's how:
1. Join us for a five minute activity on Friday and share photos of this online. All the information you need to join us is below. You can join in from anywhere in the world at any time.
2. If you're pregnant and in Cornwall, artist Emilia Telese is looking for 21 pregnant mums to be photographed for 'Life Starts at Lands End' at Lands End from 1-3pm on 13 January 2013. You'll be featured in Michelangelo's big exhibition at the Louvre in Paris next year, and... there will be cake. Email me asap if you'd like to know more.
We've been inspired by Michelangelo's idea of 'The Third Paradise' : a world where we all take responsibility for our actions so far (towards the environment, society, each other), and make it right. Which fits deliciously appropropriately with our theme this month: wishing for a better future. Michelangelo is staging a day of action around the world on the 21st: Rebirth Day. He says:
So what do we want you to do on Friday?
You need a child, some paint and a finger - and about five minutes. If your child is no longer with you, or is far away, please use your own hand. You are still a mother and we would still love you to be involved.
The symbol on the logo above represents Michelangelo's idea of The Third Paradise. It will be reflected in all of the art created on the 21st and the weeks leading up to his Louvre exhibition, bringing everyone's contribution together as a global artwork.
So naturally we're going to fingerpaint that very symbol on to our childrens' palms, and use their hands to capture a print of that sweet hopeful moment together. Of course. What else would we be doing...?! It's messy. It's hard to make the shape visible on a tiny palm. But it doesn't really matter what it looks like. It's the action that has meaning.
Because in this small action, we're holding hands. We're making a connection between one generation and another. We're connecting not just with the joy of our children and our creativity in that moment, but with a worldwide community who also want to make a difference.
No matter how many years it is since you last traced a pattern on your child's palm, join us, remember, and look to the future. Let's add some mum-voices to this global day of action. And some much-needed childrens' hope. You can read more about why we're doing this crazy thing here and upload your pictures here.
We are also very very excited about a little gift we have been busily making for you all - look out for it in your inbox very soon!
Hoping to hold hands with you tomorrow.
Pippa and Penny