We made it !!!!!!!!!!
Huge thank you's to Bella Selleck Richard Brown Robert Doran Lisa Hunt Bang Mango Cools Benjamin Wild Dave Houston Frény Ardeshir Chantal Laurier Zia Moreau Zoe Mary Appleblossom Matt Smith Matt Dyktynski Jared Burgess Lisa Stent Caroline Vains Caitlin Valentine Liz Zarebski Greg Bowering Paul Kisvarda Georgi Brooke Karen O'DriscollGypsy Esther Moon Carla L. Wert Joanne Burchall Sammi Rat-Lady Kerryn Peate Ella Factor Sarah Grant Scott Young, Andrew Laird, Romain Simeray Watie Alberty Nathan Kaye Mateus Wachter Elspeth Dobres Kathy McFarlane Shannon Cummings Ian ThomasDonna Henderson, Off Gunstone Lyn Kidd Fleur McMenamin Allie Vidgen Shelly BrownKellie Knight Simon Greaves Jenni CannonYhi Yhi Heidi Adams Connor Fitzgerald Saara Lamberg Helios Hotbags Amy Skipper Bart John Ajanta, Justin Kurzel, Michelle SelbieMelita Chaloner Ramana Panda, Sally from Sydney, Karen Hanna Kylee Kay Louise O'Connell Wal Malcom Glenn Jones, Nicole O'Brien Anya Rowlands Micka Scene Allyn Bradley, Aurora Sheehan J Junior Witney Rob Stewart and Ducale Coffee Ali Mireskandari Erin Bartlett, Emmanuel Le Dorlot, Nadia Holmes Sharon Holland BourkeBen White, Anneke Rombouts Fiona Delisle- Albrecht Martin Ward Melanie Escombe for believing in this project and putting your heart down on the line next to ours.
I can't wait to send you out your rewards and I hope you get enjoyment out of them for many years to come.
I hope your enjoyment is also increased knowing that it wasn't possible without you.
I hope it brings added value and meaning to what for me is already a very meaning project.
Creating independent art is rife with struggles, these struggles add to the depth of meaning and heart that is ever present in all that is created through sheer determination and the kind of 'never say die' motivation that comes with the responsibility of receiving such a calling in the first place. What is this calling? Some force deep within the subconscious that like a baby maturing in the womb, requires food and constant care for a period of time as it grows away in the safety and quiet within you, before the water breaks the contractions begin and the labour pains become increasingly intense. Birthing an idea, unfolding that special something from that abstract inner space to create a piece of poetry that flies upon a melody, though seemingly inspired does come from such a labour. Like a sprout breaking open a seed, a bird cracking open the shell of its egg, a diamond born from pressure on coal, or the Goddess Athene carving her birth from the forehead of Zeus nothing can stop a creative idea that wants to be born. I believe this is why art and free expression is such an important though inevitable part of life. No matter what restraints and shackles are placed upon truth, decency, and our will to good and beauty, the heart and intuitive voice will overcome them. The birth of all culture is a homage to this fact. From Blues music and Jazz born of Slavery to graffiti art - that inner voice shall find it's release. Life is sure of suffering, there is no escaping such fate, we are mortal, our time here is precious, our friends, our families, our time together so precious. May 'Sunshine Avenue' forever be a reminder to us all to make the most out of everyday, to see the beauty and wonder in the ordinary everyday, to know the true value of friendship and time spent together, to get up no matter how many times we get knocked down, to speak up no matter how afraid we are of our oppressors, to embrace the challenges of our own hopes, dreams and callings and to follow our hearts despite their daring bold demands. Sometimes it seems that what they are asking is impossible, ridiculous, childish, unrealistic and unattainable; like some impossible cliff face of an ice capped mountain top that reaches high beyond the clouds and out of sight, but who are we to doubt that inner calling? What if that calling is our future self letting us know they did it and it can be done? What if that calling is evolution itself metamorphosing? Does the caterpillar know it will one day fly? I remember when my brother developed Cancer and I was just 18 years old- it was beyond me - i was totally out of my depth - what could i say or do for him to help him make this toughest of journeys? I remember reading a book called 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' - a simple though inspiring book by Richard Bach. I shared the book with Paul, my brother and I know it gave him hope and solace in his difficult time. A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to work with the kids who survived the tragic Victorian Bushfires. I was so touched and inspired to see their resilience and by the wisdom these kids had within them. They taught me as much as I taught them - maybe more. These intuitions we each have within us, this wisdom and courage that greets us in our moments of seemingly insurmountable strife never ceases to amaze me. Like baby tortoise that when born from their eggs simply know without being told the way to walk away from danger and hazard. IRM's i believe they are called - 'Innate Releasing Mechanisms' - fascinating stuff, but i digress as i often do. A simple heartfelt thank you for catching me as i dared to take that leap of faith into the unknown and fall - it's a small thing, a small goal reached, a small little step, and yet it fills me with faith to keep taking small little steps and i hope it inspires you to do the same. "Every lil step every lil step every lil step is falling, but you'd never learn to walk if you didn't dare to fall first and at the end of the day as the sun goes down feel sorrow turn into happiness, ooh la la ooh la la ooh la la la "With heart always, Andy xo