With the changes in bank regulations, came the removal of Glennie’s (proprietress of Art & Soul conferences) line of credit to keep Art & Soul moving. It takes money to support a business and since her’s was not a brick and morter business, the bank did not see fit to continue her line of credit. This actually put A&S in jeopardy of continuation. Many of us have watched the arts disappear from schools and lives gradually. This sadens me because it is the arts which help balance us and keep people sane. Yes, as a technical person (mechanical engineer & product manager), I do see great value in science, math, and physics. But, without my creative pursuits, I do believe I would go mad. Sometimes, I think I’ve already gone mad, especially when I look around my house seeing every available surface covered in fiber. Eee gads! But, I would not wish to live in a world void of art, craft, and creativity. Everyone needs a chance to express themselves through some form of art (visual/performing/making, etc).
Peg, of Wild Hair Studio, was inspired to help raise money to support Art & Soul. And thus, the Kiss My Fanny Mr. Banker fund was created and artists (including me) donated artwork to the auction. Well, we weren’t seeing many bids on the auctions and I asked mom how she was advertising and engaging with her potential buyers/audience. She said she’d posted to Facebook, the Art & Soul yahoo board, sent personal notes out via email, blogged, but still the response was low. So, as we were sitting in her kitchen looking over the items listed on eBay, I asked, “Where is your camera? And, doesn’t Dad have a tripod?” Off she went to find both. “Ok, Mom, we’re going to make a few videos and show people how amazing these donated pieces are.” To which she replied, “Uh, ok. You can show them… heh heh heh.” Oh Mom.
In to the bathroom, yes bathroom, we went. Put up the tripod, switched it to video, brought out our pieces and descriptions and we were off! I love being silly and really, all I need is an audience. Without further ado, here is the link to the videos we made together. Please make note of the video I convinced my mom to make. She’s kind of unsure about her talent, but I am convinced that her passion for supporting the auction came through in her words, if not fully in her voice and emotion, when she talked about “Love Blue Shoes”. There is something about listening to the person who is driven to support that really inspired me to support her in this endeavor. Mom, you amaze me. Keep up the great work!
Wildhairqueen Video Channel on YouTube