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2018 Artist Interview - David Sanchez

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Interview by Monika Bullette

Welcome to the third interview of the 2018 Delaware Fun-A-Day Event. We talked to David Sanchez, artist, musician, and co-owner of Wilmington's premier silk-screening and clothing store - Spaceboy Clothing - a one stop shop for locally made graphic tees, custom clothing, vintage goods, and more.  Thank you, David, for the DEFAD tshirts and the interview!

We like to know how people are connected to Delaware - are you a resident, born and raised? What has been your artistic path here? 

I actually was born in Utah, long story but my family moved to DE when I was 1 or 2. 
I'd say my path began with music, I started playing drums in 8th grade then transitioned over to guitar. I had previously sang in the school chorus so that was just an add on. In high school, I got more into graphic arts and I guess it took off from there. 

Spaceboy is almost 9 years old! What has the most fulfilling part of the journey - and what would you most like to forget? How have you made Spaceboy an artistic hub?

The journey has had  its ups and downs and I am still on it. I love meeting people and bringing their ideas to life.  Yes, we do printing and graphics but over the years we've made it a point to try and get people to come downtown and hang out. We've hosted many comedy, music & art events and hope to do many more. 

You've been quite active in the community efforts in the city of Wilmington. Tell us a bit about Humble Park project and what is next.

The goal was to bring that little park back to life. Create a welcoming place where people can relax and read a book, have lunch or attend an event. It's there, people can use it. Any other city has cool public places like this, but for some reason Wilmington is slacking. Once the weather warms up the goal is to add more art, color, vibe, more comedy & music. 

You feature several Delaware themed tshirts at Spaceboy - I esp. like the Black Flag bars with the state shape. Which is your favorite and what other DE themes should we expect?
 My favorite Delaware themed T-shirt at the moment is a kaleidoscope  design i did last year. We also recently colabed with Sore Eyes Design Studio and I really like the 2 headed blue hen design as well. We will be releasing stuff over the next couple of weeks, so please check in. 

Top 5 musicians you listen to in at Spaceboy: 
Note, these are just my random preferences depending on my mood, not Noah's. 
1. Phil Collins
2. Any sort of Retro wave
3. Jimmy Eat World
4. Tupac
5. Pinback

You are a musician yourself - quickly run through the names of bands you've been in since the 90s. And describe your most recent musical project!
Oh Jeez, Novella, Watership Down, Mirth, 99 Degrees, Game Over, Life In Stereo, The Solitary System, I Am Lightning, Up Nights, Did a solo thing called Augustine. My most recent project does not have a name yet. It's going to rock & when we're ready, I'll let you know.

What would you say are some of the main themes of your artwork?

I usually don't stick to any specific theme. But I do tend to keep things on the brighter side. 

2016 was your first year participating. Please describe your 2016 project. How was your approach different with your 2017 project (please also describe)? What advice would you give first time participants? What do you plan to do for your 2018 project? 

My 2016 project was interesting. I wanted to do something totally weird so I decided to screen print halftone images of my favorite 80's personalities. But instead of using ink, I used condiments. Like, Cheese wiz, chocolate sauce, ketchup, etc. Anything I could think of. I almost got Shoprite as a "sponsor" to let me come in and grab a bunch of stuff to try out. But I screwed up and was an hour late for our meeting. After lots of experimenting, I only ended up with a handful of condiments that actually gave me the contrast I was looking for. 

The following year I did a bunch of POP-ART Collages. Multi media, multi layered, fun, colorful pieces using random clippings,  pins and transparency film to create a cool 3D effect. I was very happy with that project and I'm still selling it for $1,000,000 if anyone wants it.  

My advice would be just to change it up. Try and come up something new, original and the weird. For 2018, I'm not sure yet. Just got an iPad pro so I've been drawing a lot. I'll figure something out.

See David's art at at Delaware Fun-A-Day 2018 on April 6 (7,8) at The Delaware Contemporary!

2018 Artist Interview - Pam Slaton

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Interview by Monika Bullette

Welcome to the second interview of the 2018 Delaware Fun-A-Day Event. We talked to self-taught artist Pam Slaton about the mysteries of monochrome, tear-jerking commissions, the benefit of simpatico relationships, and JAWS! Thank you, Pam!

We like to know how people are connected to Delaware -  are you a resident, born and raised? What has been your artistic path here?

I was born in Wilmington a long loooong time ago.  We don't really need years, right? I lived in Stanton until I was 9 or 10. Divorce and remarriage took my mom and my brother and I to Seaford, De. It was a big change, going from being near a big city to in a bitty little town. The adjustment was difficult. Around this time I started reading a lot, and discovered illustration art. I became obsessed with the line drawings in books like "Misty of Chincoteague" and at one point kept checking out the American Kennel Club catalog of breeds so I could draw the dogs.  This book was almost completely destroyed by the time I returned it.  We moved again to Georgetown and lived there for a couple of years. I loved coloring. Still do.  I remember drawing a picture of my brother that looked pretty realistic, it blew my mind. It was this point that I put down the crayons and started drawing my own ideas. I would write my own songs and draw these illuminated pages. Of course I was ten so they were, well, 10 year old quality.  We didn't have a lot of money,  so I had construction paper.  Lined school paper was considered a premium supply and it was a divine surface compared to the construction paper, and I discovered shading and blending with my fingertips.  

Throughout middle school/junior high I worked on reproducing artworks and remember my art and music teachers were the one's that encouraged me and mentored me.  It was a terrible time in my life, my home life was very very difficult and I took to my art as an escape.  Since we didn't have the resources to do classes or buy specialized art supplies, I was confined to #2 pencils and lined paper, so I worked more on just drawing.  

We moved again in 1982 and I discovered theatre.  That was a lot of fun, and my art teacher and theatre director was Eddy Seger, awesome guy!   After high school,  I married, moved to the southern US,  divorced and moved back home.  I played around with more crafty things for a long time.  It wasn't until I met my husband, TJ, that my art life blossomed into what it is now and what it is becoming. TJ is a musician, and we are a lot alike.  We were actually in a band together the first few years after we met.  This experience helped me to reconnect with tons of old friends and open up my network much further.

My first commission was from one of my customers at the store I was running at the time,  and I pursued that angle for a few years. I connected with a gallery through a customer and had my first gallery representation at the now defunct Thyme Gallery.  The company I worked for went bankrupt and closed my store,  and I suddenly found myself with a lot of time.  I started doing more and more portraits and original art.  I had even opened up a short lived working studio and art gallery with some other artists from Newark in the building next to Finley's Art.  Joanne and Thayne are awesome, and were very supportive. I was able to pay for those expenses through commissions on portraits.  Life brought about some need for changes and I had to pull out, unfortunately.  I forget exactly how, but I  connected with Valerie White of Bellefonte Arts.  She has been and is the best.  I have a space there along with some fantastic artists and makers and it has been great.  I hold myself accountable to her when the routine of the daily keeps me from staying involved.  I owe her a lot.   

These days, though, I am setting goals to continually challenge myself,  I am working on learning more and doing more,  to allow my art a life within my life, if that makes sense. We have guardianship of my 13 year old niece and I am a full time retail manager, so things don't always go smoothly.  I have vowed to not give up on my art so quickly, and it has been a beautifully fulfilling decision.  My friends and family are incredibly supportive, and I have made so many friends in these past years.   We bought a house in 2015, so now I have a dedicated studio.  When I'm rich and famous I plan on building a studio like N. C. Wyeth's but until then the spare room is cool, it is working out well. 

This will be your third year participating (you participated in 2013 and 2017)! Please describe your past Delaware Fun-A-Days? Any Artists you are hoping to see participate again?

The first year I participated I felt very clumsy. I was just starting a new job and worked a lot,  so I found myself scratching out stuff on my lunch break and between domestic duties and work.  I threw it all together quickly in the end,  I definitely was cramming.   The second time was much more organized, though I changed my mind a week after the project started and had to get caught up.  It still didn't feel unified, so this year I am getting my mess together!  

There are so many artists each year and it gets bigger and bigger. I love seeing the new artists, and how unique everyone's art is. SOOOO many different ways that creative urge is brought to fruition. Beautiful. That is what I look forward to. Maybe the people that haven't done it before, I think those are the artists I look forward to seeing. They inspire me even more to not be afraid and try different things.  

Your work has mystery and a sense of the macabre and often a lot of teeth! What about black and white (and sometimes a pop of color) excites you?

Growing up, all I had really was pencil and paper, so that is how I learned to see things, in black and white. I like the garish look of a bold color behind a monochromatic image.  It's almost cartoon or carnival like. Carnivals are kind of dark and creepy,  though, as are circuses and religious rituals, and ceremonies and just the human psyche in general.  I have a layman's interest in mythology, that and the influence of Heavy Metal magazine in my formative years. So all these things swirl together in my squirmy brain and find their way out sometimes in odd ways. And sometimes it's just something I like to see and look at myself.  

As a self-taught artist, what online resources have you used the most to further your art progression?

I follow a lot of photographers on social media, and they are very generous in allowing me to use their images as drawing references. I can't always track down whose image I am using, I have to admit, so I probably just lost so many cool points by admitting that.  Other than that, quite a few of my favorite artists have instructional or informational videos and post on Patreon. Posespace is awesome, as is Masterworks, as they post a daily model on YouTube for free. Mostly though, I just get the materials and play with them until I figure it out.  I am in love with powdered graphite and had a tub of it for almost a year before I discovered how easy it is to use on clayboard.  Now it's my go to.  If I feel an artist block, I grab something I haven't used and just play with it. 

Describe working with YUPO paper - some artists don't like the "accidents" that happen with the slippery surface. Do you agree?

This is what I was talking about when I said I just get materials and play with them. At first I used colored pencil, which has a hazy soft look.  Unfortunately, once an erasure has been made, it shows up in any color that is laid down after.  It is unforgiving with pencil mediums. One afternoon I decided to play with the India ink I had bought forever ago and had not used.  So a match made in heaven for me.  I found I could subtract from the black with a brush and water. I experimented with washes and scrubbing and subtracting. That is how "Meow" came to be.  A creative block,  a challenge that I had to overcome, a few problems to solve and voila! 

You take commissions - what was the most difficult project you've worked with - either the client or the content? Which came the easiest? Change names for anonymity! ;)

There were actually two, both clients asked for an image that required pulling different references together to make one cohesive image. It was hard,  as I have always struggled with composition.  The tonal values were difficult to match, and proportion was a bear.  I found myself erasing and damaging the paper. On one, I had to add a colored element to a graphite and charcoal drawing, it was awful. The customers asked for prints, and said they liked them, but it was one of those things were I was embarrassed to let them go out the way they did.  I won't do those type of commissions again that is for sure.  

I must say my most moving one was of a friend's father. I had blown out on Facebook that I wanted some random pics to draw from for practice.  She had sent me this picture of her dad,  and just when it was completed, we had prints made and I was arranging to meet her to deliver them. Well, her dad passed away as we began making the arrangements. We cried and embraced in the parking lot as I was turning them over to her.  My husband will forever refer to me as "The Bringer of Tears" because there was a string of memorial portraits that I had done that caused people to cry.  

Do you have believe in any superstitions? Which?

Actually, I am a hardcore atheist.  I haven't always been. I grew up Roman Catholic, my immediate family started going to a Baptist (think the speaking in tongues type of services) church once we moved to southern Delaware, I fiddled around with some Wiccan ideals, then was born again and baptised in my early 30's after my first marriage fell apart.  During this time, I really started studying the bible and the cognitive dissonance was so loud I couldn't continue. I have been an unapologetic atheist since.  Superstition is fascinating though, it really is. The rituals people put themselves through for self preservation and protection is so diverse and disturbing in many cases.  I have to thank my late high school anthropology teacher, Linda Gehling, for sparking an interest in human behavior through the ages. We are a puzzling species.

Name two favorite Spielberg films (one pre-2000 and one post-2000) and WHY!

Pre 2000:  JAWS!!!!!!!  I like how Spielberg was forced to keep the shark out of the movie for most of it because of technical issues,  it added this tension to the movie that I found more valuable.  This I guess goes back to my interest in superstition and  mythology.  There are "devils" everywhere, real or constructed,  seen or unseen,  that will get what they came for no matter what,  mostly because we let them.  We think we can overcome nature and I kind of rooted for the shark.  Is that wrong? It was an intelligent and problem solving juggernaut of instinct, and it was hungry. Close Encounters was a really close second. Richard Dreyfuss had my heart when I was a young girl apparently.   

Post 2000:  This one is hard, because there have been so many,  I loved the visuals in Memoir of a Geisha and BFG and the tension in War of the Worlds and Warhorse. So I guess if I have to chose just one, I would say War of the Worlds. Dakota Fanning's incessant screaming or Tom Cruise's weird ego doesn't even turn me off to it.  I like monsters, I like being scared and get lost in movies. I ran a Blockbuster for 8 years so movies are a friend of mine. 

Name 5 artists whose work you would like to own:

1) Allen Williams -  I do have several prints already and met him at IX in Reading last year,  I fangirled so hard it was embarrassing. I had pictures taken so my goofy expression will live on forever in the innerwebs. 

2) Stephanie Law -  My son has a print and I have two prints, also met her at IX, her booth was right next to Allen's. I also went to Krab Jab this summer while visiting a good friend and saw her work in real life.  my goodness, so delicate and beautiful. 

3) H.R. Giger - Because holy cow. The brain on that man was good and twisted and he did what he wanted with it.  

4) Alphonse Mucha -  His art was an early influence on me, the organic compositions and color,  the technique of outlining figures shows up in my own art sometimes.  His work is unattainable as far as originals,  but I have amassed a nice collection of framed art and posters. 

5) ANY OF THE BRANDYWINE SCHOOL ARTISTS - Officially more than one but Pyle and Wyeth are great influences. As illustrators they simplified their compositions down to be impactful while being reproduced, but their paintings in real life,  I see them and am gob-smacked, their use of shadow and contrast, composition and color.  When I grow up I want to be just like them.

What do you plan on creating for 2018 DEFAD?

I am actually doing beasts or monsters from different myths and stories around the world and throughout history. I just recently completed a work on clayboard of Huginn, Muninn and Fenrir from Norse mythology.   I think animals take on our fears and are given identities based on the human mind's lack of understanding of the natural world, which gives birth to superstition. For instance, sometimes crows take on the identity of our fear of death and become harbingers, ingrained in our primal psyche, while in some myths, like with Odin, they are given a place of honor and respect. This is fascinating to me and fuels my art sometimes, well, more often than not. I am doing research now and working on some thumbnails to use for DEFAD and two other group shows coming up.  

Learn more about Pam: website - Instagram and see her project at Delaware Fun-A-Day 2018 on April 6 (7,8) at The Delaware Contemporary!

2018 Artist Interview - Pat Higgins

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Interview by Monika Bullette

Welcome to the first interview of the 2018 Delaware Fun-A-Day Event! We talked to award winning illustrator and graphic designer Pat Higgins about setting yourself up for success with your DEFAD project, broken bones, and the inception of the ever-fun Oddball Art Hall! Thank you, Pat!

It was great to watch your daily progress of your DEFAD 2017 project on your Instagram ( We love it when our participants show their daily work. Your finished project was a book named "The Android's Bewildering Conflict". Did you feel as though you bit off more than you could chew? Or was having a distinct end helpful? What preparations were helpful? What advice can you pass on for this year’s first timers?

It wasn’t more than I could handle, but it was quite a challenge. Having a distinct end was totally helpful, as was the planning. The preparations and planning were writing the book and doing rough layouts the month before. That made it so I could just focus on making the art and finishing a page every day. Advice to first timers would be to plan ahead so you can just work on your project every day. Also, posting your daily piece to social media helps to keep you accountable and on track to finish.

You had a rough start to the year - breaking your arm after a fall on the ice - how have you been accommodating your projects with your right arm in a cast?

The “regular graphic design” work is still happening. I can still click a mouse and type...Just a little slower than usual. As far as the illustration work, I had to cancel one project entirely due to deadline constraints and I was lucky enough to have three other clients postpone their projects until I get my cast off. I am going a little nuts not being able to draw, so I’m staring a podcast this week. I recorded the first few shows and I’ll be posting the first episode soon. Keep an eye on @phiggins80 on instagram for more info.

You thoughts on characters - should they have 4 or 5 fingers (including thumbs)?

Depends on the character and story. Is it more realistic or serious? Probably 4. Is it more cartoony and silly? 3. Is it an alien or monster? Could be 2, 3, 4 or 5!

Congratulations - you're going to be a Daddy! What are you most looking forward to about fatherhood?

Thanks! I’m looking forward to every bit of it. Mostly sharing my favorite cartoons, books and music with him.

You've made a bit of 3D artwork that requires glasses - what is your process?

The process for the 3D artwork is all in Photoshop. It’s about finding the right red and the right blue, separating the colors and shifting the layers. That’s the quick and dirty explanation. You’re not the first person to ask...maybe I’ll put a tutorial together.

What's the best swag you've received for a job well done?

Money. I like money. But cool stuff on top of that is great! Records, t-shirts, books, beer. I always try to include comp copies of whatever I’m doing into the contract. Which is one of the reasons I try my best to only work with people that make cool stuff that I would like!

If your bands Disaster Committee and Feral Ponies were in a tug of war - who would win and why?

Definitely Feral Ponies. Alex is probably more fit and in shape than everyone in Disaster Committee combined haha! Plus April would make me sleep on the couch if Disaster Committee won.

Top 5 artists you'd like a piece of work from?
Harvey Kurtzman
John Kricfalusi
Charles Burns
Daniel Clowes
Ralph Steadman

Delaware Fun-A-Day loves Oddball Art Hall - how did it start? How do you expect it to evolve?

My friend, Kristen and I were talking about putting together some kind of artist vending event for a couple years. One day we pitched the idea of a small, monthly event to Pat McCutcheon when we were at Oddity Bar. He loved the idea so we sat down, had a beer and hashed out what would become the Oddball Art Hall: Artist Vendors, Drink n Draw, music, hanging out talking to other artists. I expect it to evolve in terms of new artists (as it has over the last couple years) but as far as size goes, I’m cool with where it’s at. Maybe eventually we can do some bigger event at a different location once a year, but it think the whole “Punk Rock Flea Market” type of thing is a little over-saturated right now. Who knows?

Please describe the project you plan to make for Delaware Fun-A-Day 2018:

I have absolutely no idea. But I’m in! Just signed up.

See more of Pat's work at and see his project at Delaware Fun-A-Day 2018 on April 6 (7,8) at The Delaware Contemporary!


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Colleen and Monika will be co-leading Delaware Fun-A-Day 2018 but we're welcoming Meredith S. Keating and Sheila Sunshine as organizing "understudies" to take over the following DEFAD. Learn more about them through their artist interviews. We know they'll be great addition to the team!

The 2018 Delaware Fun-A-Day Art Show will be April 6-8, 2018 at the Delaware Contemporary. This means YOU will be CREATING a piece of artwork a day every day in March. Registration will begin in mid-January 2018!

Colleen and Monika and the DEFAD Organizing Team


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Commemorate your art perseverance or support (or just be cool) with a Delaware Fun-A-Day T-shirt!
Ordering deadline has passed. But come to an Oddball Art Hall and we will have shirts and art for you to purchase!




Artist Registration is CLOSED for 2017

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Congratulations to the over 180 people who have accepted the challenge of making art every day of September! Good Luck!

Drop off instructions and locations will be posted soon. Please contact with any questions you have during the month about sizes, event, or details.

Keep watching our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates on what artist are making, events in the area, and THE BIG EVENT on October 6 (with more viewing hours on the 7th and 8th) at The Delaware Contemporary.


2017 Artist Interview - Randle Reed

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Interview by Monika Bullette

Belated Happy 30th Birthday wishes to Randle Reed! We talked about kilts, tie-dye, extroverts, and why DEFAD is a triathlon for artists! Thank you, Randle!

We like to know how people are connected to Delaware -  are you a resident, born and raised?

I have been living in Wilmington for a better part of 6 years but i was born in Mississippi and raised in hickabilly Maryland. I went to the Delaware College of Art and Design for my Associates in Photography (later finished my degree at Pratt Institute) and fell in love with Wilmington. After I graduated with my BFA I began working for DCAD and have been in Delaware ever since. 

This will be your fourth year participating! Did you have a favorite project from your past Delaware Fun-A-Days? Any Artists you are hoping to see participate again?

My first year I participated with my collegues at DCAD, we all worked collectively to really have "fun" every day. My favorite project we worked on was when we had to bring in 3-5 random objects and then traded them with each other to make a new piece. Iron Chef meets Project Runway style. Every year there is a miriad of artists that exhibit, the (almost) over whelming amount of work is what I'm most looking forward to.  

Do you know your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? You seem like an extravert. Do you think personality tests like MBTI are helpful in knowing yourself or others?
I just took the test on Fifi-boo (Facebook) and it says I'm an ENFP-A, but that's just because of how I'm feeling today/tonight, but tomorrow I would probably test differently. For me, tests like these are a lot like horoscopes, somehow you can manipulate your own personality to better identify with what these tests tell you. With that in mind, I'm definitely an extrovert, it comes from the fact of being the youngest of five and a Leo, always lookin for that spotlight.  
You are Master of Ceremonies at the Cards Against Humanity events at The Oddity Bar - what’s the funniest (but least offensive) combination you remember? (Remember everyone, DEFAD is PG-13 at the most!)

What a tricky question!!! My favorite card is "I'm Miss Tennessee, and if I could make the world better by changing one thing, I would change _____". The possibilities are endless. Then it's all up to who my co-host is, how the crowd reacts, what I had for lunch that day to declare the winner.
You’ve worn a kilt to the DEFAD events. Does your family heritage have a tartan of their own? Do you make them yourself?
I am a proud owner of 18 kilts, all made by yours truly (including a bathing suit kilt), all because of one summer I refused to wear pants, so I made kilts instead! #pantsfreesummer! I always claim being half Italian, half Scotch-Irish, but I don't have the cleanest lineage to Scotland. I've looked up my last name at the Scottish Games in Fairhill and technically I am a part of the Robinson Clan. 

What is the secret to the perfect Tie Dye?
Purposefully dying! The biggest mistake people make when dying is "peeing" dye on their pieces. You have to dye perpendicular to the pleat to maximize the effect. Think of your end product in mind, and most importantly, HAVE FUN. Use some Procion Pigments, they are #slammin and have very vibrant colors! You can find them at Dharma Trading Company
You’ve worked for a number of non-profits… do you listen to the radio when there is a fund drive? Or do you turn to another station? or?

We are fortunate enough as Delawareans to have such a strong network of non-profits that don't merely give you a hand out, but a hand up! From after school programs to crisis intervention, college and career readiness to finding good homes for our fur babies, non-profits employ nearly 40k Delawareans to enrich and touch some of our most vulnerable communities. Lets be honest here, the philanthropic landscape of Delaware has changed over the past few years which means that non-profits need more support than ever! So would I change the station because of a fund drive, well... after I step off my soap box, of course not! I am a firm believer in karma, so I always give when I can in case I am ever in need. 

What kind of artwork would you like as a gift?

I am an equal opportunity employer when it comes to artwork whether it be abstract to screen prints. I particularly like small works, there is something so intimate about them. You are forced to get up close, have some stepped up personal space, and really have a "moment" with it. 

What’s your favorite song to rollerskate to?

When I skated with Diamond State Roller Derby, I played for the Black Eyed Bombshells. Our intro song was "Bombs over Baghdad" by Outcast. Its definitely a good way to get your pulse bumpin' and feet moving. When I first learned how to roller skate, my favorite memory is of my twin and I. We stole our mother's tape cassette and player, and loved to jam to Bon Jovi's - Livin' On A Prayer.  

Name 5 key artistic influences?

1 - Van Gogh, for his mark making
2 - Matisse, for his shapes and color
3 - Degas, cause I'm basic like that
4 - Sally Mann, for her sensitivities
5 - My Grandmother (my G-unit), for her creative engineering, she was a crafty HBIC

Where can people check out more of your work?

Just add me on facebook to check out my uploads, slightly ashamed of not having a site or app membership, but if you wanna see it live, I'm always down for a crafting sesh or I'll see you at the next DEFAD exhibition. 

Do you have anything additional for us?

DEFAD isn't reliant on skill or experience, but about innovation and commitment. If you haven't registered, please do! If you are, I can't wait to see what you come up with. This is a triathlon for artists, so flex those muscles and just have FUN!!! PS. My 30th Birthday is August 17th :)