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On Reflection

I’d just like to start by saying thankyou.

Thankyou for reading this, whoever you are. Thankyou for taking the time to look at my project, and I hope it made you smile.

Thankyou for your feedback – it has been absolutely invaluable. The problem with a lot of my projects is that I just walk away and leave them, and I never know what happens once my back is turned. Thankyou to all the people who told me that they found something, saw something, enjoyed something. It is amazing and truly gratifying to hear. Thankyou to all the people who saw me doing crazy things and asked me what I was doing – and then generally asked “are you the person who did all the hopscotches?”. And thankyou to the person who stopped me at Stonefest and asked me if I was the Make Your Day Girl – that was awesome.

Thankyou for getting involved. To all the lovely people who took the time to print out posters and send me pictures – thankyou so much, you have no idea how much I treasure your contribution.

Thankyou to my lecturers, who didn’t say no.

Thankyou to my highly patient friends, who have been so incredibly supportive over the last three weeks. I know I am a little bit eccentric, and I cannot say thankyou enough for all the help you guys have given me. Without you, this would have gone nowhere. An especially big thankyou to Kiri, Jena, Kev, and Piggy, who gave me an amazing amount of help. Thankyou all so much, I love you all.

The last few weeks have been amazing. Hard, and exhausting, but amazing. I feel like I have learnt so much – not only practical things, like how to make a proper daisy chains – but things about myself and where I need to go in life. If I want to be an artist, this is what I have to do. I have to be able to know I’m having an impact; I have to know I’m doing something good in the world; I have to be able to engage with my “audience”, and let my audience engage with me. I am starting to get a feel for where I want to go with my life – and that is an wonderful thing. This year, for me, has been absolutely hell, and but the last few weeks have been healing and cathartic and I’m starting to feel like I can see the way forward again. It’s very exciting.

As I said, I called yesterday’s project “Anti-Climax” because this is not the end. My 21 days are over, yes; but Make Your Day is a seed – it’s the start of something. I don’t know what that something is, so for now I’m just going to call it “the future”.

And tomorrow is as well.

Over and out,

Katie.

Countdown…

Make Your Day will be launching tonight, 6pm, at Old Parliment House as part of “Adore Skunk Wiz”.