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This site describes enjoyable projects and techniques of outsider art - what it is and how to get involved!

It is still very much under construction - like the artworks - but will grow like weeds on the highway.

Outsider art is a fun and insidious way of sharing your vision with the world. It is a method of art making which entails leaving anonymous art pieces in public places. It can be done for a variety of reasons, to make a statement, to share your ideas, to send out good karma, or just for fun. My current fascination with it stems from a belief in the importance of making art without attachment to the outcome. To do something that has nothing to do with making money, or listening to the ego.  

Now I am not necessarily advocating that you do anything illegal or potentially life threatening. But there is something wonderfully sneaky about leaving some form of art in public places. I like knowing that at some point in time someone might receive a little surprise in the form of a random message from a stranger, or a doodle in an unexpected place.

Experiment with your own ideas.

Possible Formats

1. Sidewalk chalk
2. Sticker art
3. Flyers/posters
4. Journals (pass it on)
5. Zines
6. Object leave behinds (money, gifts, junk)
7. Notes (slogans)
8. Graffiti
9. Book inserts (library)
10. Book leave behinds (bookcrossing)
11. Letters (possibly love letters to strangers)
12. The age old 'message in a bottle', or a balloon. Or if you are really adventurous you might be drawn to carrier pigeons.

Potential Ideas for subject matter

-any form of artwork (drawings, collage, doodles, paintings)
-recipes
-photos
-good luck charms
-fortunes
-quotes
-variations on a theme
-many guerilla artist are politically motivated and find that being anonymous allows them to be more controversial or extreme with their message. Popular with activists.


More information about Joanne Benford

The genius behind this site, working feverishly in labyrinthine tunnels, bringing you the best  projects her mind can muster.

How do I get involved?

Just do it!

Do SOMETHING!

And let me know the results...


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Zines


Zines are great.

They want to be swapped.

We should do this...


How to Join Zine Distribution


Send me a minimum of 2 copies of your thing - zine, ATC etc - and a SSAE (or IRC if you're exotic). Get in touch via email first, so I filter out the mentalists...

Then await your sparkling gifts...