Publicity Theme: Whodunnit?

Tiny Art Works Offered Anonymously

Here are my four contributions to a local fundraising event. Three of my pieces are faux ads; the fourth is a digital composition I did years ago and have always like sharing.

Attendees walk into a space with all its walls covered with a thousand 6×6″ art works by artists of every caliber from everywhere. Customers won’t know names of artists until they’ve completed their purchases.

The artists will never know who purchased their tiny art works until/unless the purchasers contact them.

My Submissions

FLATPRNT6x6marikablackWe Fly

You’ve heard that master yogis can fly, haven’t you? This is an utterly unique  character for a yoga ad.

  • The figures are blank, scalable vector line art,
  • simple enough that colors and patterns can be changed to fly with the times and needs,






My grandmother, mother and aunt, in front of their house, with my grandmother’s Jordan Roadster.

In photos, car has a 1929 license plate.

This isn’t an ad, but it could be.







Who Will Tell Her?

The guests think the hostess is déclassé for using a tea bag at all, much less only one teabag.

What she knows, and they don’t, is that the green teabag tag is an icon in itself – like a Tiffany blue box. She plans to let them find out for themselves.






SOLDmoneybagsMoney Bags

Faux ad  made-to-order handbags, branded with money$ monogram on their clasps.

The lovely model is crafted from my Evedom® paper doll body parts and hitched together with threads.

The puli is there because I like him.




Why The Concept Works

Curiosity is a potent motivator for customers. I can’t imagine what anyone is going to do with 6×6″ images after the fun of the event is over, the fun of guessing whodunnit. But, in the moment, $20 seems like a reasonable trade for the answer. Win/win.

I suspect the novelty of tiny format is what intrigues the artists to participate, that and the fun. My work is all digital, so I just resized it to print in the tiny dimensions. The finished pieces, affixed to tiny foam core boards are magical.

See the Rochester Contemporary 6x6x2016 exhibit online at

  • My entries are #2437, 2438, 2439, 2440.

Show and purchase details are here:



MK Colling is a Communication professional with a
practice in visual communication. She lives in
Rochester, NY.


Visual Communication: Stick to the point


  • Who is the Audience?
  • What is the point?
  • What is the successful outcome?

As visual communication efforts go, I think my instruction to the landscape crew is excellent — crystal clear and effective. It caught the regular crew’s attention. They understand and remember.

The regular crew told me this week that the fill-in crew last week (the week after Memorial Day) left the lawn looking like a herd of goats had trimmed it because they didn’t have the diagram to follow. I will have extra copies ready for the week following Fourth of July!




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A new book came out yesterday, Impossible to Ignore, by Carmen Simon. According to pre-release reviewers, Dr. Simon’s book introduces this new science for the benefit of business and arts.

Reviewers note that Dr. Simon writes as a scholar. To me, that means her discussions are well-developed reasoning as opposed to cherry picked facts out of context that pop lit authors present. I look forward to reading it and updating my own orientation in Rhetoric.