Magnified Fragments Project 2022 Wrap Up

Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. Next in my blog post Lookback series an update on the Magnified Fragments Project 2022! What a year! Let’s get into it so I can fill you in on everything that’s happened this year.

A quick summary of the Magnified Fragments Project 2022

A little disclaimer if I may…. In my day job, I work as a Business Analyst. So as you can imagine, I have a tendency toward data. I like to look at numbers and patterns and see the picture it forms.

This post is going to contain a fair bit of statistical info. I find it interesting, but for those who don’t, I’ve got you covered. I thought I’d give you a quick summary of the Magnified Fragments for 2022

The Magnified Fragments Project Part 1
The Magnified Fragments Project Part 1

We touched on two areas of the Magnified Fragments Project in 2022

In July, Part 1 of the Magnified Fragments Project was complete. I shared about it in greater detail in this blog post which I encourage you to read.

After 49 weeks of working on square tiles, we finished! This was such a great time. There was some interest from media here in Australia. And I felt like it was a huge milestone to achieve.

The Cairns Post - Saturday 09 July 2022
The Cairns Post – Saturday 09 July 2022

Seeing pics of how the project looked for you as well was amazing. Check out Evelyn Torres Magnified Fragments Project Part 1 below.

The Magnified Fragments Project Part 1 by Evelyn Torres
The Magnified Fragments Project Part 1 by Evelyn Torres

And in August, the Magnified Fragments Project Part 2 got underway. Part 2 of the project saw us shift away from square fragments to begin working with triangular fragments.

Magnified Fragments Part 2
Magnified Fragments Part 2

Part 2 also saw us welcome many new artists to the project. The Home for Expressive’s Facebook Group was opened to help and it’s been wonderful to see everyone’s take on each week’s fragment.

Check out this Mosaic of Part 2 of the project (so far) and the amazing tiles that were created. It’s incredible!

Magnified Fragments Project Part 2 – where we’re at so far

Now for some cool statistical stuff around the Magnified Fragments Project 2022

How many artists have been involved?

After Part 1 finished and we began with Part 2, there was increased interest in the Project. There have been quite a few artists that started on Part 1 while the main Project continued with Part 2. I’ve maintained you can join in at any time, and this is proof that this is really possible.

As at December 2022, we have had 40 artists contribute in one way or another to Part 1 of the Project.

And incredibly, we have had 40 artists contribute in one way or another to Part 2 of the Project. It is absolutely amazing!

Magnified Fragment A13 where we focused on Line Definition
How many fragments have we completed?

Part 1 consisted of 49 Fragments and Part 2 will be 73 Fragments. At the end of 2022, we’ve completed 13 of the 73, leaving us with 60 to complete! Yep, I did say it was going to be a huge project!

It also means if you’ve participated from the beginning you’ve completed 62 fragments! Well done you!

Magnified Fragment B14 using a watercolour background
How many enhancers have we tried?

Part 1 contained two weeks where we had free play. All up, this means there have been 60 different ways to enhance a tile that we have tried with this project. It is absolutely mind blowing to me!

It’s a real testament to the creativity that lives in our Tangling Community.

Magnified Fragment B11 using Low Contrast
What about the Magnified Fragments Gallery?

Oh the Gallery! We had some issues with the gallery this year…. It’s getting quite big and I had some issues with images loading and displaying.

Thankfully, it’s all fixed now, and it looks amazing. At the time of writing this post, the Magnified Fragments Gallery has 927 fragments in it. I think that’s absolutely amazing! Well done to everyone involved and all those who have contributed.

Reaching the end of the Magnified Fragments Project 2022, how do I feel?

In 2022 we paused the Magnified Fragments Project for two months. I had the CZT Seminar to attend in September and then there was Inktober in October. It could have been a much fuller year.

But I’ve been learning to listen to myself. In other years I would have continued with things despite the added pressure it creates.

This Project is teaching me about sustainability. It’s a huge project (many years in the making) and to keep it going, I have to be able to sustain things over a long period of time.

Pausing and not pushing myself to breaking point has been key for me this year. I’ve learned I can, and it’s ok, and it’s actually the best thing for the Project (and me) in the longer term. It’s how you sustain.

To keep going each day, we need to rest each night. I’ve learned that to keep the Project going, I need to rest at times too. I’m grateful for this lesson this year.

Magnified Fragment A15 where we Used Gold to enhance our tiles

What’s next for the Magnified Fragment Project in 2023?

In short, more of the same. With 60 fragments still to go in Part 2, we will be on triangles all year. It’s hard to believe we’ll be able to find another 60 different ways to enhance our tiles, but we’ll do our best.

There’s quite a few enhancer ideas that you guys have submitted that we’re yet to get to, so I’m looking forward to trying these.

I think in some ways 2023 might be our toughest year yet as we remain focused on triangles. Let me just say that if we can get through this year…. I think we’ll be able to get through any year of the project!

Magnified Fragment A14 using Monotangling

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Until next time, listen to your heart and sharpen your coloured pencils. A masterpiece awaits!

Bless you my friend

Chrissie xx

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