Day 20 (FINAL) of the Touch with Good challenge
One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision.
Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch with Good/ kindness (originally in Bulgarian: Докосни с добро). The project is dedicated to sharing the stories of genuine acts of kindness we have experienced from other people, and thus inspiring for MORE kindness in the world and making it a better place.
She got inspiration from the wisdom:
When you do kindness, keep silent. When you receive kindness — tell everyone.
With the new year 2018 Katya started a viral challenge to share such stories 20 days in a row, and somehow… I got “infected”.
So here is my…
Day 20 (FINAL) of the Touch with Good challenge
The preparation for the 33 art show was “piping hot” at full blast! The paintings were almost completed and the framing was going smoothly thanks to one of my art professional friends. Another friend had given the brilliant idea to order mugs with the characters from the series, and she had connected me to the printing service provider — also an artist. The opening speech was gladly accepted by the promising young art expert at the Bulgarian National Art Gallery Yana Bratanova, who happens to have been a close friend since the first days of primary school. I have mentioned her earlier on the challenge: here and here.
Everything was going according to plan when… Yana called me quite embarrassed just 2 weeks before the opening night to inform me she would be hindered to attend and give the opening speech!
I couldn’t help but show understanding. Besides, it wasn’t much of a disaster from a practical point of view. I would present the concept myself — nobody knew it better than me anyway.
However,… my mom was dawned by the next crazy idea… Couldn’t my MA professor Geoff Crook do the opening? After all, he was an authority from the internationally recognized Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design…
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Excuse me?! There were less than 2 weeks left! He was a busy man — and travelling all the way from London with such a short notice! It was out of question! But mom insisted:
“Just go ahead and ask him! Nothing will harm you if you do.”
And in my own turn I thought:
“Really, why not ask him? He’s cool! He might go for it.”
So I did. The worst thing that could happen was hear a “No”.
The day after I got a response:
“Meg, I would consider it pleasure and honour to take the task if you believe I am appropriate for it.”
My jaw dropped! I announced the news to mom and we got busy arranging the details around the trip.
So, the guy landed in Sofia in the small hours of Thursday towards Friday, he had his job done on Friday night with a praising opening speech, and on Saturday he took his way back to London.
He was amused to share his first thought upon reading my message was:
“You’ve got to be kidding me!” — but almost instantly he reconsidered — “Actually… why not?”
So next time when something looks too audacious to you, ask yourself:
Before you know, you might touch someone with good… ❤ 🙂
Here’s where I need to mention all my lovely friends and family who supported me to put together the event:
- Mom who supported me all the way through regardless of all obstacles and circumstances;
- Dad who shared his “invention” of the 33-dot method and thus planted the seed of an idea which made everything possible;
- My late art mentor Georgi Kyoseiliev who passed me invaluable lessons of classical drawing and painting, as well as revealed some of the watercolour techniques I used;
- My uncle who provided his legendary home-made wine;
- Vanyo and Rossi who provided the soft drinks as freshly squeezed juice;
- My comrade-in-arms Val who was a partner in crime (as always) — whose birthday we celebrated all night before the gallery negotiations;
- My classmate from CSM Maya Kenova, who called to ask explicitly if I needed help and she took an active part in the hospitality setting;
- Ivan Shishiev (amazing photographer and provider of gorgeous graphics for Just How Cool Is That), who trumpeted around from the housetops about the event;
- Atanas and Michael who also took part with photography;
- My creative partner and angel in disguise Angelina Yaneva who was unable to stay for the full opening but she passed exquisitely before the event with her baby boy in the boogie to congratulate me — and supply me with chocolate ❤
- as well as all other friends who shared this wonderful moment and touched me with good for the next time in a row ❤
Last, but not the least, I would like to thank YOU, my lovely reader, for following this adventure of kindness and becoming a part of it! Maybe it shall inspire you too to follow your dreams and spread more good in the world ❤
Nicole Akers of PublishousNOW was so kind to host the full series and I can’t thank her enough for that 🙂
I am so happy and grateful to have you in my life! I love you! ❤ 🙂
And,.. it looks like we haven’t put together an art show for a while, huh?
You can see the full video from the show here:
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