Many of you know that I have a ten year old daughter who is an artist. Some may not know she also has ASD. While putting it on a blog doesn't really make it a secret I do find it a difficult balance to embrace the label of ASD without facing scrutiny from the general public because of the variety of perspectives people hold about it. I think over time we've melted away the stereotypes because of the growing number of people who have Autism. In the year 2011 we have seen a large jump in knowledge about what exactly Autism is *supposed to look like*.
It's my feeling that some people pave the way in teaching others about people who aren't a cookie cutter mold of what we all should look like, talk like, think like. One might say I've never been a mold either with just the things I do to my hair to express my creativity never mind the rest of my creative expressions. I'm fortunate to have passed on the talent to my daughter and I can say without a doubt she's a way better drawer than I could ever pretend to be. It's natural for me to give her the space she needs to express herself through her art and I have the stacks of paper with drawings and songs on it to prove it but I've decided to take it one step further and try to channel her creativity for her future and for a good cause.
Maddy and I have been working on a calendar. While I give her the shortest of guidelines of what I'd like to see Maddy takes what I say and runs with an idea creating a beautiful image of her favorite things... Fairies! I am strictly a clean up artist who just takes away the extra lines to showcase the natural talent that exists and adds the colours she chooses in PS but these drawings are done by hand within minutes and for any artist to create such detailed work you know it must be a talent!
The calendar will be the first thing available for purchase on this website within the next couple of months if enough interest is shown. For every calendar sold 10% of the proceeds will go toward an Autism organization to be named at a later date. My hope is to raise awareness and help my daughter gain exposure as an artist at as young an age as possible. With the right kind of guidance (pats herself on the back just this once) my little girl has come such a long way and I'm very proud of her and of her talents as an artist and I want to take the opportunity to show the world what more people need to see when they look at someone who doesn't always fit the mold.