New friends : Sue (*above) is a photographer and a $6,000 grants recipient last year. Luke King is lovely and one of the presenters in a workshop! He is a visual artist (*so good at biro drawing!) and Auslan curator at National Gallery of Victoria. This is a part of his work.
Sue and Luke were very friendly. I could not understand Auslan at all. I was a deaf among them and Auslan interpreters. I only "twice" used papers and talked with Sue. Our healthy and rich quietness made me comfortable. All of us loved photos and drawings. We looked at our works, saying, "Ooohhhh!!" "Waaahhhh!!" laughed, giggled, smiled and enough! Art is universal language!!
Sue introduced me to a Disability Discrimination Commissioner from Human Rights Commission (*I've loved that organisation for ages!) An Auslan Interpreter from Melbourne asked to pass on hello to my mentor Ann James. (*I always boast my mentors, Books Illustrated and Helen Chamberlin to anyone! They become a good conversation opening with others.) The interpreter remembered Books Illustrated and felt like visiting there. Btw, sometimes, people mistook me for a deaf at the conference.
- Connect a local level, first and grow.
- Disability led practice, but art work/activities need to involve whole/any people.
- Don't do it alone. Make friends as many as possible. Collaborate.
In addition, I became a finalist twice at their national arts competitions.
Facebook helps to expand my network and enhances it. Very interesting and fun to connect others and get feedback and warm cheers from FB friends. You'll find deaf people, Auslan interpreters and Pj Lynch, too on my facebook. https://www.facebook.com/sadami.konchi
Yey, my hero Pj says he is honoured to be a judge of an art competition with Padraig at Christmas.
An effective use of a social media platform is a very good strategy of networking. I met the staff from Australian Museum. Their executive and I are good friends. So, we enjoyed a chat. I hope we will nurture our friendship.
Special thanks for all Accessible Arts NSW the staff and volunteers. You are the real heroes and made this wonderful event happen for us.
The conference refreshed me. I could get back to the picture book project and others and made a good progress. Thank you for a strong support. I feel my life gets richer! I want you, too, make your life rich! Cheers, ((Hugs)).