According to their website, #The100DayProject is “a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity. The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.”  What started as a workshop for graduate graphic design students at the Yale School of Art, instructed by Michael Bierut (read more about his reflection on the course and it’s impact here), has become a springboard for creation and imagination in the creative community. The first time I had heard of the project was from Paige Poppe in 2017 when she announced her project #100DaysofVideosWithPaigePoppe (intro video linked here). Since then, I have thought about the project each spring but have never felt inspired or called to participate.

This year, participating in #The100DayProject wasn’t even on my radar until I watched Elise Joy’s Instagram stories where she was answering questions about the project – documentation, inspiration, and motivation. My first thought was 100 days of lettering because that’s an art form I enjoy and could improve in, but that felt daunting –not only would have to actually letter the daily prompts, but it would also require me to spend time each day selecting a word or phrase, which felt like a second project in of itself. An hour later, inspiration struck while in the shower: #100daysofcreativeclusters. Heavily inspired by Ali of According to Ali (youtube, instagram) with her “clusters not clutter” in her Happy Planner spreads, which I love.

I have an endless supply of journals, notebooks, stickers, washi tape, markers, and pens, so why not combine them all into one? Lord knows I have thousands of Happy Planner stickers and I would love to burn through some. Plus, I think it’ll be fun to flip through the pages of the book for color, texture, and composition inspiration. Today is day 4 and I’m happy with what I’ve created so far! Though I will say that these pages feel more like collages rather than clusters, but it’s fine, totally fine. I like the openness and fluidity of this project and that I can do a 180* flip if things start to feel stale!

Until tomorrow, Meryn

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