"You pick the note and I pick the goat"
Post-It Goat Origin
After discovering one of my dear friends, Jen Malone, has a love for goats I made a fun little surprise doodle of a goat to throw in with the commissioned piece I did for her. After drawing a few more goats doodles on post-it notes... I realized Post-It Goats is a great pun, and it can also become a fun way to publicize the project, creatively collaborate with more people and to have a little kick-start fundraiser for my work with The Ruminate Project.
And now a short lesson in Animal Husbandry....
Goats are a ruminant species of mammal. They undergo a different digestion process than humans do. In order to acquire nutrients from their food they chew plant food, swallow once and the food undergoes a slight fermentation process in the stomach changing it into "cud". The cud is then brought back up to the goat's mouth for further chewing and finally swallowed a second time for optimal, total digestion.
What Does That Have To Do With My Paintings And The Ruminate Project?
"Chewing the cud" is a figure of speech that we use to describe being deep in thought, muddling over a decision... and possible hesitation. Often this can get in our way, especially in terms of expressing our passion and creativity. One layer of hopes I have for The Ruminate Project is to inspire those who have been "chewing the cud" for much too long to finally swallow up and have the courage to take their next bite!!
This is a small scale example of what #RuminateCLT is all about and a chance for EVERYONE to get involved.
YOUR NOTE + MY GOAT = OUR CREATIVE COLLABORATION(Gifted + Shared) = NETWORK OF CREATIVE CONNECTEDNESS
This is the potentially the most important part of the entire Ruminate Project. There are so many layers to this project, beyond art and beyond food, I want everyone to join in, collaborate and follow along with us while we follow along with you. Help create, discuss, laugh and be involved with this project because creating connectedness beyond the borders is what The Ruminate Project is really all about.
I want this become social CREATION! Are secretly fond of somebody? Mail your goat as a love note. Pick an inspirational quote and put your goat in a frame on your bathroom wall, send a goat abroad or for real, I am willing to make a singing, dancing Post-It Goat delivery on my bike (extra fees may apply)..... Whatever you decide to do with your Post-It Goat is up to you, but get creative and SHOW US WHAT YOU DO. Snap a picture, post it on Instagram/Tweet it to: @PostItGoats and hashtag #RuminateCLT and it will be reposted for the world to see. I hope to accumulate enough to create a larger piece of art based on y'alls creations!!
A final note and thanks
When I began developing this project about 4 months ago, I never imagined that Ruminate would keep ballooning as much as it has. I have filled that balloon with so much passion and commitment to doing #RuminateCLT justice. I am using the Post- It Goat campaign and sales as another way for me to accumulate the extra money it takes to support such a project. **All of the profits from Post-It Goat sales are going directly towards purchasing materials and supplies as I prepare the final pieces for an up-coming gallery show (We will talk more about this VERY SOON!!). ***