As a prelude to the auction for the book BROKEN WINGS on facebook on February 14, I am going to give you all a little history.
IN 2005 I joined an art site called redbubble. It was a fledgling site first started in Melbourne Australia and at that time I was just starting to explore the internet in terms of gaining greater exposure for my art. Life happened and I forgot all about the site until 2007. Not remembering my previous alias, I rejoined under my now business name of fullcirclemandalas.
Thus began a long and creative and amazing journey in which I discovered the power of community and connection in cyberspace. A connection which continues to this day in the form of many wonderful, talented and special people who I'm proud to call my friends.
They encouraged and supported me, not just in my fine art but also in developing my passion - photography. Not just any photography either. I found my niche with a point and shoot digital camera and took a series of photographs which today remain some of the most popular on the site, although I am no longer active there.
One of my photographs, Broken Wings, taken with that little point and shoot camera, was featured on the home page. Another of my self portraits, The Weight of the World, was also featured - a virtually unprecedented feature in that it was a semi nude shot. It was also taken with that little point and shoot camera.
Gradually I stepped up into the world of the DSLR and my last shot, the Naked Truth, was a milestone in my self portraiture journey. I had begun with self portraiture because I couldn't afford to pay a model. And because I had serious body image and self esteem issues. Really serious. And I discovered that, in the art of taking my own image, I changed the image I held in my head - the one I have carried all my life - the one that made me so unhappy.
I also began writing again. I have always been a poet. And so I started another portfolio dedicated solely to expressing myself in the written word and discovered that other people liked what I wrote. Many of those poems were published and while today I am not so prolific, I still write. I still exorcise demons through the written word.
The accolades, the praise, the support AND the criticism in those days shaped my photography. They also shaped me and helped me step out of the dark and into the light of being.
Thus 'Broken Wings', the book, is a summary of those days in redbubble and a tribute to ALL the people who helped and supported, nurtured and encouraged, abused and vilified me and above all, gave me the gift of their friendship - friendships which continue and grow to this day.
Thank you all my beautiful friends for helping make my dream a reality and my reality a fabulous place to be .
ToTs (in memoriam)
Lenny (in memoriam - I miss you so much my friend)
And to all of you who I've probably missed on this, my honour roll - THANK YOU FROM MY HEART TO YOURS!
Love and Blessings