As the Bifrost community is just getting started...I thought it would be nice to have an entry that explains what Bifrost is! I copied the information off our website, with a little bit of modification.
Wendy/Mandy, could you copy this into our user info or add it as a memory, please? Thanks!
What is Bifrost Fantasy?
Bifrost is Elfwood's first collaborative art club, founded by Paula Fletcher!
A few words from Paula:
"Awhile back I was asked by Hillary Deline if I would like to participate in a collaborated art project, where several artists produced an artwork corresponding to a common theme. The theme was to be the Zodiac. I was totally excited and enthusiastic about the whole experience, and thought how great it would be to belong to some kind of club where you could participate in a new project every month. And so Bifrost was born. Thanks so much to Hillary for inspiring me to start up the club. It's been more successful than I could have imagined, and I'm thrilled to be part of such a great community!"--Paula Fletcher
Why did you choose the name Bifrost?
The name Bifrost was taken from Norse Mythology, Bifrost being the sparkling rainbow bridge that connects Aesgard (land of the gods) and Midgard (land of mortals). You can draw into this any symbolism that you wish! In the end, Bifrost is about "building a bridge" between fantasy artists/writers from all over the world in a creative and friendly atmosphere!
Who can join Bifrost?
Any artist or writer who has an Elfwood or Private online gallery! Bifrost welcomes artists & writers of all skill levels and mediums (i.e. drawing, painting, digital, sculpture, photo-manip, short stories, poetry & more)!
Want visitors to your Elfwood gallery? Want artist buddies? Want the motivation and inspiration to produce more artwork?
Participating in collaborated art projects is a great way to achieve these things. Which is why Bifrost was created!
This is how Bifrost works:
Our Geocities website (Bifrost's homepage) is home to our member's submitted project pieces, completed tours, Bifrost club description & more!
The Yahoo!Group homepage & mailing list is where most of our club activity occurs. You can interact with other members through chat & email, submit project ideas, upload image/text files for projects you participate in, vote in group polls, etc...
We launch a new collaborated art project every other month. We decide on our new project by suggesting ideas, then the ideas are collated into a poll. Then all group members get to cast a vote for the project idea of their choice. The votes are counted and the winning project is announced.
Members have two months to produce an artwork/writing that corresponds to the project theme (if they wish to participate). At the end of the two month time limit, the submitted artpieces/writings are combined in an Elfwood tour & a tour located here on our Bifrost homepage. The artist/writer whose idea was chosen for the project will be featured in the tours and on our Bifrost homepage!
You are encouraged (but by no means required) to become an active member, by suggesting bi-monthly project theme ideas and producing artwork/writings for the club projects (More details about this process can be found by clicking on the "Crash Course" link in the side-menu).
You can also post messages to all members of the group through your email account. This is a good way to find people who wish to participate in your own projects or character swaps!
Becoming involved with Bifrost gives you many new opportunities:
The opportunity to meet and become friends with people of similar interests,
the opportunity to be inspired to produce more art,
and last, but certainly not least...
the opportunity to attract more visitors to your gallery!!!
Thank you for your interest... we hope to see you at Bifrost soon!