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People Everywhere Are Working on Different “100 Day Projects” and You Can Too

100 Day Project

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Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your creativity? You could always start an art journal or try some of today’s hottest crafts, but if you’re craving structure and wanting to produce a body small of work, then try the 100 Day Project. The endeavor implores you to explore a single idea every day for about three months. In doing this, you are delving deep into that concept or medium and looking at it from different angles. By coming back to the same thing over and over, you’re forced to continually reinvent it in ways that are interesting to you.

The Inspiration for the 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project was started by Elle Luna (of The Great Discontent) and a group of friends that launched it on social media. It was initially inspired by a graduate school project created by the iconic designer Michael Bierut.

“For years,” they recalled, “Michael Bierut led graduate graphic design students at the Yale School of Art in a workshop that he called ‘The 100 Day Project.’ ” In this course, the pupils chose one “action” to do over and over again. “For example,” they said, “one student made a poster in under a minute every day for 100 days; another danced in public every day and made a video; another student, Rachel Berger, picked a paint chip out of a bag and responded to it in writing for 100 days.”

The inaugural 100 Day Project started in 2014 using the hashtag #The100DayProject. The challenge then attracted people from around the world (and continues to do so). It allows you to share the project in a public way and also keep you accountable so that you're producing the entire time.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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