I've emailed this to a number of people, but as I may have forgotten to include some or lost the address of others, I'm posting it here too, so please, feel free to join in!
April 2nd 2005 is the bicentennial of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen, the author of such fairy tales as Princess On the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes and
The Little Mermaid. I hope you have heard of him, and not only in the disneyfied version of the fairy tales!
Now, this anniversary is being celebrated in many ways and in many places and I thought I'd jump on that wagon too. But I don't want to do it alone. Which is the reason for this email. The other motive behind it is to maybe broaden people's knowledge of this author.
I hope you will participate in this project. It goes something like this: You pick one of the fairy tales and then use that as the inspiration for a piece that will be put together in a pdf "book" and "published" on the 'net. The piece you make can be anything! A photo of something that reminds you of the fairy tale, a drawing, a poem inspired by the story... You name it...
If you have kids, please, include them in the project or let them make their own piece. Wouldn't it be a nice occasion to sit down and read a story to the little monkeys?? ;-)
The piece must be 18cm by 18cm (7inch by 7 inch), and the format in a format suitable for the 'net. So either .jpg, .gif, or .png. Now, since the pieces will be put together in a pdf document, please consider that transparencies, and other special settings in images, may not be rendered as intended, so keep this in mind when you put your piece together. Or leave it up to chance how your piece will look. That has its own charm too! :-) Please make the file size as small as possible without losing quality. (If you have any questions regarding the technical side of this, please don't hesitate to ask me).
A big selection of HCA's fairy tales can be found here. I have considered "banning" some of the best known ones, but I'll leave it entirely up to you to pick one you like, after having read a few of them, and not just pick one that you know already.
Entries must be submitted by March 27th, and hopefully I'll have the thing online by April 2nd. Send it to me at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a line or 2 about why you picked that particular fairy tale. Make sure to write your name in the accompanying email. And let me know whether you want your name made public, or just your first name, or a nick name.
Please let me know if you want to participate. Which I hope you will!
I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing your work of art!
Each person who participates in this project retains the copyright to their individual pieces but gives me, Carina, permission to put it on my website, www.wardi.dk.