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Doodle Box Project: Ticking all the Boxes

Cardboard Collective

Written by Alice Watson

“The rules are quite simple: rearrange a box to make any kind of figure or object. Make the most of least.”

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Zeel

A staple afternoon post-school television viewing for me as a child was Itsa Bitsa, the crafty ‘live’ show where a manic duo would rush about a scrap materials haven for half an hour creating frankly useless but innovative objects out of toilet rolls, egg cartons and cotton reels.

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David Hofmann

That crafty pair of junk reinvention presenters were responsible for a series of themed birthday parties of mine, hoards of youngsters eagerly turning our household recycling into refashioned items against the clock, stuff that you wouldn’t be ashamed to find in an attic box of memories years on.

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Agov

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Eduardo Vea

The Doodle Box Project is a bit like a more sophisticated better organised version of my childhood Itsa Bitsa crush, with some pretty established illustrators and graphic designers included in those taking on the cardboard medium and producing interesting, amusing, desirable works of art.

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Shaun

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Pece

Berlin boy David Hofmann steers at the helm of the project which calls for anyone and everyone from ordinary folk to artistic maestros to submit their reborn boxes to the website, where quite a collection can be viewed and admired. As a reminder of how far in digital terms the art world has come since I was a kid, the Doodle Box Project have a very nifty ‘create a box’ feature, enabling those lacking in the necessary bits and bobs to draw up a submission in 2D via their computers.

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Der Markstein

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Eduardo Vea

What I found interesting was that whether each contributor was aware of what else was posted or not, many interpretations take on a robot or futuristic figure existence. I wondered whether that may be the collective gut reaction for many, when faced with the ordinary appearance and feel of cardboard to transport dramatically into sci-fi mechanic worlds, the sort of images that maybe we recollect of Christmas day toys that these boxes may have at some point contained.

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Nuno Valerio

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Claudia

In the past the project has been taken off screen and into the realm of the gallery, including a venture into the Pictoplasma Gallery in Berlin in 2006. What the future holds for the project aren’t apparent, but one thing’s for sure: online collaborative projects, particularly ones that are inclusive as well as based on recycling art materials, are going to be more and more prolific and rightly so.

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Sophie

When is a box not a box? When it’s been madeover by the Doodle Box Project.

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Tim Yarzhombek

Thumb Image: Irina Troitskaya

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