Keni wrote:We're running the Free Shop on Bristo Place & accepting cash donations. I'd also like to think we can do sonething more ambitious & fun than a car boot sale.
> > Hi,
> > After yesterday's open meeting, in which one of the points raised was
> > offering incentives for those who donated to the Buy-the-Forest fund, an
> > idea occurred to me of how we could encourage people to donate as well as
> > giving them a tangible reward.
> > I remember reading about a student who set up a web page and sold
> > advertising space on it by the pixel. Would a more hands-on version of this
> > be appropriate for the Forest? The idea that came to mind was to buy a large
> > sheet of graph paper - I don't know offhand how large it can be bought - and
> > allow people to draw whatever they wanted on it for a penny per millimetre
> > square (probably more convenient to sell as £1/cm^2). The finished 'artwork'
> > could then be displayed in the re-opened Forest as a tribute to those who
> > contributed to its purchase, encouraging people to come and look, both to
> > find their bit and to see what others drew. Overall, this method would be
> > able to raise £10000 per square metre sold, although the margins of the
> > paper would increase the display space slightly.
> > A quick search finds A1 graph paper available for about £1.50/sheet, with a
> > usable area of 4480 cm^2 per sheet. I don't know how that compares to what
> > local suppliers can offer, but I'll try to have a look. Some suppliers may
> > even be willing to donate the paper in exchange for the appropriate amount
> > of art space, which would cut down on up-front costs (although it would be
> > offset by not being able to sell that space later).
> > Hope this is useful.
> That sounds like a lovely idea! At the moment Forest doesn't have a
> place to house it, but could certainly guarantee to display it when we
> getour home back. Is this something you'd be interested in
> co-ordinating yourself?
I'm not sure that I could commit to co-ordinating this project myself: I'm just about to start my final year at university, which should really take priority. I'd be happy to help when I could, but this sort of crowd-sourcing would probably need someone who could take it to as many different locations and people as possible.
I had a look in Ryman's, and while they didn't have any very large sheets of graph paper they did have pads of 40 A3 sheets for £8 (= 20p/sheet; 80p/A1-area). If we don't mind a bit of work to put the finished sheets together, this would probably be easier to work with than a single large sheet: more easily portable, easier to reach the entire sheet, and more easily split to allow multiple artists or even multiple locations at a time.
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