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Giulia’s DS106 Shirt, 2nd. Edition

“Giulia’s DS106 T-Shirt, 2nd edition,” art remix by @giuliaforsythe

After five years of tender loving use, Todd Conaway (@Todd_Conaway, on Twitter) lovingly parted with his official Limited Edition Giulia Forsythe DS106 T-shirt.  Todd’s shirt,  available exclusively through the 2012 DS106 Kickstarter campaign by Jim Groom (@jimgroom), had accumulated too many additional holes where there weren’t supposed to be holes.

A quick query to Giulia (@giuliaforsythe, on Twitter) prompted her immediate reply with a link to her original artwork.

“DS106 ALBUM ART” by Giulia Forsythe, on Flickr, based on Goo

It was a little photoshop work for me to prep the image to print white on transparent (essentially, remove the black) so that the shirt colour takes the place of the black, as with the Kickstarter original, but the design is now posted to the ds106zone store on Zazzle.

If, like Todd, you are in need of replacement, you can now get one. If you didn’t have an opportunity to get one in 2012 and would like one now, you can get this 2nd edition release now.

Zazzle will let you choose an alternate colour (as shown above) and cut (women’s fit, long sleeves, etc.) I let Zazzle notify me of their sale events, and try to order things when they are at a nice discount.

T-shirts are available today (July 29th) from the .com store at 40% off with the code SUMMERHOORAY

The DS106zone store is at and you can link to the shirt directly here: Giulia’s DS106 T-Shirt, 2nd edition

Keep Calm and Make Art

“Keep Calm and Make Art,” photo of my recently arrived t-shirts, by @aforgrave

So here’s a bit of a backstory.

When I entered grade 9 and had to select my courses, I filled up all of my available slots with courses but didn’t have any room left for Visual Arts. By the time I got to grade 13 and saw what a lot of my artist friends were doing — and when I learned of OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design — now OCAD University) — I was saddened that there hadn’t been room for art along the way. I’d managed extra credits in English, all of the maths, all of the sciences, 3 OAC credits in music, but no visual art. The next year, when I went away to university, there was no option for any practical music courses outside of the Faculty of Music. So at that point I got a sad face regarding that one, too.

However, as I reflect back, I did spend a chunk of my high school time dabbling in design work. It was all typewriters, white-out, letterset, scissors, and glue sticks back then, as there were no computers in the late seventies. I helped a friend publish a science-fiction fanzine in grade 10 (recalling the Gestetner and cor-flu) but most of my design time went towards supporting promotion materials for my work at the time.

All this to say that I believe that there is an artist inside everyone. We need to believe in that artist, and cultivate that artist, and let that artist express themself, even if our vocation takes us on a tangential path.

My thanks to the DS106 Community for providing a wonderful context within which to explore Making Art.

“Keep Calm and Make Art” are my entry for The Daily Create, tdc1989, five words to impress someone.

DS106 has made a real impression on me.


… And One Day, He Just Faded Away …

“… He Just Faded Away,” image by @aforgrave

This is for The Daily Create, tdc1986, where we are asked to explore the Upworthy Generator and then tell an Upworthy-type story. Of course, everyone can learn from the strange tale of Dr. Oblivion, and we all understand the important benefits of Making Art.

For this create, I searched for images of Dr. Oblivion on the web, and the returned image led me to the posted video on Youtube Dr. Oblivion Welcomes You to ds106, where I sourced an appropriate screen capture at about 28:40 when he was talking about the DailyShoot (we’re taking pre-TheDailyCreate days, here!).  If you haven’t seen Jim Groom (@jimgroom, on Twitter) doing his introductory DS106 welcome as Dr. Oblivion, it is well worth it. I’ve embedded it below!

I snagged Jim’s twitter avatar from his Twitter account.

For the quote, I put words in Jim’s mouth. But I’m sure he agrees with them!

Here is Dr. Oblivion from The Summer of Oblivion, June 2011.

Obama on Groom

There once was a teacher named Groom,
Who created a spark in the room.
Quoting “Make some art, dammit!”
He unveiled his plan. It
Succeeded, and he yelled out “Boom!

Created using TalkObamaToMe for The Daily Create, #tdc1977 — “What Might Obama Say About …

Jim Groom (@jimgroom, on Twitter), founder of the DS106 digital storytelling community, Reclaim Hosting, and pioneer Edupunk.

The Collection

"the Collection," animatedGIF by @aforgrave

“the Collection,” animatedGIF by @aforgrave

At the suggestion of Jim Groom (@jimgroom, on Twitter), I have located some pleasantly-Village-esque striped shirts that members of the Summer 2015 Community may wish to investigate as potential additions to their summer/fall wardrobe.

There is no guarantee as to quantity — and you will need to determine if the size you need is available in the colours of your choice – but each of the shirts in the image above was sourced today on eBay and is available new from several dealers. You are responsible for your own purchases! Links are provided below for your convenience.

The shirts, as seen above, are available in the following combinations:


I was in the process of using the beautiful background image above for Visual Assignment 1731: Camp Poster when I switched gears and sourced the other colours of shirts on eBay. Thinking they would look more at home in The Village rather than just set against a white background, I cropped each one (Magic Wand tool, eraser) and then tidied the edges with Select>Refine Edge before bringing them into the poster file and placing them in front of the image. I then re-jigged the title, and set the frames and timings at 2.0 seconds  in the Timeline. I used the Tween option in the Timeline menu to create the transitions between each of the six images, with 3 frames added between each. Transition frames are set to a timing of 0.1 seconds each.



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