To spare you from too much back story, let's just say I always wanted to be a singer, so when that didn't work out I was kind of at a loss. I switched my major to history, & figured out ways to add my singing & interest in women's history into ALL of my history jobs. I even taught myself to embroider while wait for tours to start. Eventually I brought my love of music & women's history into my embroidery, creating portraits of favorite musicians, and historical figures, especially suffragists. Then in 2017-ish I heard about a call for art HerFlag2020 from artist Marilyn Artus & applied. It was a long shot, very long. Crazy talented, professional artists were applying. I lost out to the amazingly talented Indira Cessarine.
Since I had put so much thought into this idea, I thought I would adjust it & just do it anyway, but maybe on a smaller scale. Enter my local arts council, LARAC, of which I have been a member for a few years. They gave me my first ever show as an artist, a four person show in the local gallery. (There are a series of posts on my other blog if you are interested.) A friend/colleague of mine had just finished her own grant project & I was inspired. (You can visit her over at The Victorian Archivist over on Wordpress.)
& MY PROJECT WAS SELECTED!
Leave Behind the Night.
Forward Out of Error,
Forward Into Light.