Thursday, July 29, 2010

{hand} making change: the D.A.D. project

like many lovelies out there, i'm greatly inspired by folks that create change for the better in the world. gosh.... folks do this in so many wonderful ways. in this rikrak studio series, we'll be meeting wonderful lovelies who are creating a better world with their handicraft. thanks for inspiring good in the world, each and every one of you. today, here's the next {hand} making change feature: the D.A.D. project!



what do you do when difficult times come your way?

two wonderful artists & sisters, emily chen & serena chen, chose to turn a challenging health prognosis into a healthy action: the D.A.D. (drawing a day) project!

emily & serena write: "This project is a tribute to our father, who has been battling stage 4 colon cancer since May 2009. We are taking turns, creating a drawing every day, and donating $10 from the sale of each print... to the Canadian Cancer Society, the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada."

so wonderful!
i was so moved to read how one of the most difficult things about their father's situation are their own feelings of helplessness. gosh - that can be such an obstacle in life, can't it!?

i think it's such a brilliant, positive, hands-on way to turn that helplessness into a way to help! love it!

i've been so lucky to get to know emily a bit over fun tea parties {we found out we lived on the same street in ottawa after tweeting and etsy foruming last year!} and i'm such a grand grand fan of everything mchen. she's an amazing, kind, generous, loving creative powerhouse and i hope you'll visit her latest project!

--> artists: you can also donate your own artwork to help raise funds! just contact serena & emily!

the D.A.D. project
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serena chen

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emily chen

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have a great *{hand} making change * group,
shop or project that i should feature?

let me know!


have you ever focused on your art
to help you thru a difficult time?

to create change?

tell us! i'd love to hear!

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  1. Thanks for showing us this project, RR. A good way to help the challenges of family health issues.

    Love that Monacled Terrier!

  2. Thank you so so very much, RR — you are a wonderful friend, a terrific cheerleader, and I'm so glad to have been neighbours... We appreciate your shining a light on our little project. You rock!!!

  3. me too, lori! woowee it's great!

    and it's my pleasure, nicey mchen! i'm such a fan of all things YOU. so glad to have shared a neighbourhood with you, too, lovely!

  4. ooooh, I can only support tis project, I am really moved by this post!

  5. This is such a heartwarming story. I hearted a few already - I love the sloth, and the robot, and the giraffe with the turtle.

    As a cancer researcher at the University of Toronto, I'm involved annually in fundraisers of some sort - and it always amazes me how cancer runs attract so many supporters. I think they are fantastic, but I think that the DAD project is uplifting. I will be spreading the word about this. Thank you for sharing, Kristal.

  6. gosh this is such a great cause and i've 'met' emily through you, k - and she is such a sweet and lovely lady. cheers for bringing this project to the attention of your many readers!!!


thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!