Rethink STAGE :: String Art

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Let's start at the very beginning! I saved this picture from Instagram of the Catalyst conference, as a huge inspiration. I waited for a one word series to come along that could use a big, bold stage design to support what we wanted to communicate.

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Steve Jobs said, "Creativity is just connecting things.." This was freeing to me a few years ago. Just keep your eyes & ears always open & save what you see. 

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Dots will start connecting & you will strategically pull some "awesome" off yourself!

Here's a quick photo tour of how we made this happen for our stage in "RETHINK." We planned to use 7 pieces of basic plywood, 4' x 8' sheets, painted black. This would make the piece 8' x 28'. I also wanted the word to overlap the seams so that you'd get the optical illusion in the end.

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Our handy friend & volunteer, Larry painted & prepped the plywood & we stood it up on our stage. We realized we like 24' better, so we took one down.

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Here's how it stands from behind with support...

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Next, we projected the series font & traced it with chalk.

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Then, a crew of volunteers came & added nails around all of the letters & the perimeters of all the boards. 

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We took the "r" & strung it for a sample before our TEAM NIGHT, when a huge crew will string up the rest. You'll see that we also added random nails to be more start points in between the letter & the border.

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There are NO rules. Seriously. Go for it & be WOW'd!

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My feet for scale... I'm DYING - it looks so good!

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DONE! ...and it happened super fast. 

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We stored the rest of the pieces until team night.

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Team night is a night for all Crossroads Creatives (music,tech & video) to come for dinner, vision, training, inspiration & time together (quarterly). We had all of the boards prepped & ready. 5-8 people came around each one & strung them in about 45 min.

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Then we started putting them together...

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And took an EPIC GROUPIE!!!

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We couldn't forget about the whole crew that didn't get in the pic, cause they were keeping us safe.

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Remember that extra piece? We built a quick "dinners" board, because we also decided to do "rethink dinners" after Saturday services in the series. They're unreal & need their own post!

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WOW!

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Now go & build this for your church, classroom, kids room, studio.. or save it until your dots connect for a project down the road that you don't even know about yet. And when you go make your version, please share it with me! That's the best part of sharing ideas & how to's!

XO - - - Jessica

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***Finishing touches before our FINAL execution..

We strung nail to nail, outlining each letter & board. This was meticulous, but certainly finishes it off & makes the letters pop even more.

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Then hung edison bulbs above..

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Here it is in REAL LIFE!