June 30, 2011

Gearing Up for Glitter

Filed under: Creative Expression,Helpful Resources — Tags: , — Lee Ann @ 3:07 pm
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Last September 1st, the DOC rallied in an art-making frenzy that was bigger and better than anything I could have hoped for the first ever Diabetes Art Day. Whether you were an avid fan and participant, reluctantly partook because of peer pressure, sat on the sidelines, or this is the first you’re hearing about such an event, I’m hoping for lots of participation again this year as we take our collective creativity to the next level of awesomeness.

Last year, I regretted not having a single go-to place for the art and information about it, so once the glitter had settled, I promptly registered for a proper website dedicated solely to sharing the creative genius of the DOC, the official Diabetes Art Day website. The pathetically blank site sat all these months because I wasn’t really sure how to make it functional. Until this week. It’s now live, more or less functional as far as I can tell, and filled with glorious art from 2010. My web-designing skills are fairly rudimentary, but I think I found plug-ins and widgets that will allow users to easily upload photos of their artwork.

As was the case last year, I hope you will share your artwork come Diabetes Art Day on your blogs, community websites, Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else that you like. The Diabetes Art Day website is simply a central location that will hopefully make it easier to find others’ submissions. Personally, I thought the best part of Diabetes Art Day 2010 was going to different websites to see the work and read about each artist’s experience making it, but from this point forward, it will also be pretty groovy to see the mass collection in one central place.

If you would like to include the art you made last year for Diabetes Art Day in the 2010 Gallery, please feel free to upload it, along with a short description (name, connection to diabetes, title of work, etc.). If you have any technical issues, please let me know because I’d like to get the kinks worked out before September 1st. I will enable uploads for the 2011 Gallery as it gets closer. I also encourage you to ‘like’ Diabetes Art Day on Facebook as a way to get updates, reminders, and inspiration. While we still have two months to go, you’re welcome to use the Diabetes Art Day image to start spreading the word about our 2nd annual Diabetes Art Day.

Lastly, I want to remind you that Diabetes Art Day is nothing without you and your willingness to do something a little out of the ordinary. I’m here to help facilitate it and serve as a resource if you’re interested in ideas or need advice regarding art materials or processes, but this is a community project whose success is as great as the love and energy put into it. I know the DOC is brimming with love and energy so please help me make this year’s Diabetes Art Day spectacular!

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7 Responses to “Gearing Up for Glitter”

  1. I will have to do some are for this years competition. I like to tear apart my old pods and just see what is inside. http://www.thedabeticcamper.blogspot.com

  2. Thank you Lee Ann for putting so much energy into this. I loved it, and am thrilled to see it continue to grow!

  3. Karen G says:

    Yay, how great to have a site just for Diabetes Art Day!! Can’t wait to participate again (on Pete’s birthday – maybe this year I’ll make him a present out of my d-supplies)!!

  4. Kelly Booth says:

    I am looking forward to it. I have been saving some of my diabetes junk to try and turn into art – at least I will have more stuff to choose from this year.

  5. Sarah says:

    I just came across your blog today, and I had to tell you this (blessedly short) story.

    I was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 4, almost 23 years ago. Up until very recently, I’ve ignored it, doing the bare minimum to take care of myself, hating life because of the diagnosis.

    Recently, I’ve sort of turned it all around. It’s a giant pain, having a pump, but no health insurance, but I’m doing the very best I can now, because I know I have to.

    I’ve been looking into diabetes blogs today, and when I saw just the name of yours, I honest to God teared up a little. Because I’m finally realizing that other people get it. Someone without diabetes wouldn’t understand the name — the butter compartment? WHAT? But I immediately knew — It’s where you store your insulin. OBVIOUSLY!

    So thank you. That’s all I can really say, is thank you.

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