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.

7 comments

  1. Don’s avatar

    This is awesome, and you are awesome :)

  2. Sivvus’s avatar

    :)

    It’s been incredible reading your updates and seeing the amazing pictures- I’ve looked forward to clicking the link to this page every single day. Your project has inspired lots of people here in Lancaster UK, and when it stops raining we’re going to start drawing hopscotches!! :D

    Thank you so much for doing this, and good luck with the future!

  3. Adam’s avatar

    I’ve been keeping track of this daily, and it has been great to watch. Stuff like this just makes me happy which was the whole point!

  4. Grail’s avatar

    Just popped over here after a tip-off on The RiotACT.

    Awesome project :)

    I am inspired!

  5. Jamie’s avatar

    Fantastic project! Thankyou thankyou thankyou for doing this. I don’t go to ANU or generally hang around civic so I wasn’t able to interact with the art personally, but it would have been amazing to have been able to. This is the kind of thing that needs to continue happening! I really look forward to seeing your future works!

    Today was a good day because I discovered this site!

  6. Bori’s avatar

    Thank you so much for spending so much time and effort on such a beautiful project which has brought so much happiness to so many people…it’s these kinds of little everyday happinesses which I love above everything else! Hopefully you’ve inspired people everywhere to step out of their lives and add a little joy to the world, even in the simplest ways…I know I will certainly try. :)

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