This has nothing to do with mail art... Or does it?
When I first joined this lovely community of like-minded, creative types, I was in the midst of a project for which I had great passion. I was literally pouring myself into it. So much time had I dedicated to this particular project that I was unable to focus on anything else for very long. (Thus the reason many of you still have yet to receive return mail from me... I am slowly catching up, if you will continue to be patient. :D)
The project was a call for "Supportive Art" for Breast Cancer Awareness by Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. As a woman, the cause spoke to me. I LOVE artwork for a cause! I wanted to put the face of The Every Woman on Breast Cancer Awareness and so, I recruited women, particularly women who were survivors of breast cancer, to lend me their face shots for the project. I designed it and created it with LOVE and ADMIRATION for all those who have gone before, for all those who have suffered through and survived. I even hurt my poor phalanges! (Still can't locate the elusive leather thimble, despite DKulist tactics...) You see? I was PASSIONATE about it!
Maybe my medium is where I went wrong... I chose to crochet blossoms out of each face shot, connecting them together to form a supportive bra in the bright pink that represents breast cancer. Maybe my photography skills were lacking and did not do justice to the piece... In any event, the editors, the Powers That Be, did not deem my ART worthy to be MAILed to their offices for further consideration.
No one likes rejection, but all artists and writers have to face it. Our work is wholly subjective. I am not pouting for myself so much as I am disappointed for having involved so many women, exciting their hopes and their passions, only to let them down.
Breast Cancer Awareness month is October. I am determined to find a way to get this project out there for its intended purpose!
And so... I appeal to you, my creative equals, for ideas that might help me to do justice by these lovely women. What avenues might still lie ahead for this project? If you can think of anything, no matter how insignificant it might seem, or how far fetched, I want to hear it! I am a firm believer that it takes a village... For better or for worse, YOU are my village now. :D
Thank you, in advance, for your brainstorming!