Its not often that you get to eat sweets and help Charity at the same time but I managed it. For the past few months I've been helping out with some PR on a voluntary basis for the fantastic eightbyeight Project in support of Camille's Appeal. Its a cause close to my heart supporting the recovery of Children with Brain Tumours. I'm an online friend of Camille's mum Hayley after whom www.camillesappeal.co.uk is named and I have followed their journey through heartbreak and joy.
eightbyeight is an actual and virtual art exhibition on the theme of "Childhood Explored" taking place online and at Eden Court, Inverness in April 2013. All works measure 8" by 8" and have been donated from around the UK and beyond. Professional, semi-professional, student and hobbyist artists, photographers and craftspeople have come together to celebrate what childhood means to them. In the process awareness will be raised of Camille's Appeal’s vital work and all profits from the sale of work go directly to the charity.
|Work in progress...|
In addition to providing my skills and time on a voluntary basis I also wanted to donate a piece for the exhibition. I'm a reasonably arty crafty type but was unsure if I could actually produce anything worthy of exhibiting. However in the ethos of the inclusivity of the project and the notion that by coming together as individuals we can achieve great things I thought I'd give it a shot. I wanted to do something foodie related and nostalgic memories of childhood sweets were the obvious choice. Sadly it was more difficult to track down wrappers than I envisaged as many of my childhood and teenage favourites have moved on from paper to plastic, which I was unable to decoupage.
|Sweet Retro by Foodie Quine|
I'm really not expecting my own "artwork" to sell but I'm very proud to be one small square of the exhibition and I hope my contribution makes someone smile. There are over 200 artworks live and for sale on the eightbyeight website with more being added on a daily basis. Please do go and have a look. There may well be something which takes your fancy with all items available on an affordable "pay what you can" system.
I've already purchased my own personal favourite piece and even it has a tenuous foodie connection. "Daisy Patch" is a mosaic made from broken cups and dishes and came all the way from Nikki Murray-Mason of Nikki Inc Mosaics in Bermuda. I loved it from the moment I saw it as a work in progress and am so chuffed that its going to be mine in due course.