On a blustery, not-quite-spring day, the BYP Media Team took to the parking lot behind the Nyia Page Community Center to artistically disfigure a small stack of National Geographic magazines. This was accomplished by exposing them to judicious amounts of Citrasolv, an all-natural (and, as you might have deduced, citrus-based) concentrated liquid cleaner. I learned about this process here.
The Citrasolv dissolves the inks on the magazine pages. After about twenty minutes, one pulls apart the magazine (the binding is the first thing to go), and searches for interesting results. There’s no predicting what will react best; many images don’t react at all. But you get some fantastic results.
In some instances, the process mildly alters the original image, which can still be readily seen.
Often times the original image is completely obliterated, however, resulting in a completely abstract image.
The way the Citrasolv lands on the paper can produce many interesting contrasting textures and results.
It is important to work on this in a fairly open and well-ventilated area. This project smells like you’re trapped in a giant orange. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, however, depends on your own personal likes and dislikes.
BYP Junior has been helping the HOST youth create their own superheroes! The class voted on superpowers, came up with a name, and designed the costume together.
It was such a fun experience, one of the girl involved in making Nora was so disappointed to leave when it was time to go! The BYP Junior youth helped the kids at HOST work with each other, and collaborate on their heroes.
Here are a few of the heroes that came out of the Superhero Creator project:
From the minds of some of our youngest hero-creators comes Justice. She holds the world in her hand, and defends goodness with her laser eyes.