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On January 1, 2010, I started a project that would forever change my life. In my continual search for a more challenging (and thus more exciting) creative experience, I decided in mid-December 2009 to begin a year long project in 2010 that I would document publicly on the Internet. I made a list of criteria: It had to be 1) something I felt really excited about, 2) something that I had to do every day for the entire year, 3) mostly different from my everyday routine of drawing and painting, and 4) challenging but still manageable in my busy schedule.

I came up with a few ideas, but A Collection a Day resonated most. It would be a project that would span exactly one year, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. On each of those 365 days, I would post a photograph of one of my own collections or a drawing or painting of an imagined collection on a blog called A Collection a Day. I am an voracious collector and I wanted to share some of my collections with the world.

And so for 365 days in 2010 I posted one image each day of one of my collections (or a portion of a collection), arranged neatly on a white backdrop. The popularity of the blog was astounding. I had thousands of visitors almost from the beginning. Numerous print and online publications wrote about it over the course of the year (including Martha Stewart Living, NPR, Country Living, San Francisco Chronicle and the Canadian National Post). The incredible number of lesser-known art, design and public interest blogs and print magazines that wrote about the project is too great to even name. Within days of launching the project, there was a distinct online buzz, and three-quarters of the way through the project, the San Francisco magazine 7×7 wrote : “Unless you’ve been living under a rock” you should know about Lisa Congdon’s A Collection a Day project.

You can view all 365 collections here on the original blog. A Collection a Day is also now a book, published by UPPERCASE. You can order the book here.

Thank you for visiting!
Lisa Congdon