I’m going to be quite open and vulnerable for a little bit here, because over the next few months I need to ask for help in a pretty major (for me) way.
I recently took a trip to Melbourne to play at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival. For those of you who don’t know where I live, or have any context about Australia and travel, Melbourne is a 10 hour drive south from my lovely little apartment. I drove down with my Dad, which was lovely, but it left both of us feeling pretty vague and exhausted.
The next day, Dad and I decided to have a creative day via a trip to the markets. The plan was catch the two trams to the markets, then find somewhere lovely to sit down and do some landscape painting - probably near the botanic gardens. So I popped my watercolours in my bag, along with the camera I had recently purchased for videography purposes and a Banana for lunch. We caught the trams as planned, but when we hopped off the second tram I realised that I no longer had my art or photography gear. The combination of exhaustion and a new loud place had cause me to lose concentration for a moment, and misplace my gear.
It’s really lost as well. I’ve called the Melbourne Police and the Melbourne Trams many times over the last few days since the incident, and they haven’t had the gear handed in.
Some of the things I lost are irreplaceable. I had an unedited photos/videos of the due I played with the previous evening (Grace Jean - their music is absolutely stunning. 11/10 if you live in Melbourne try and catch a show) as well as paintings I’d yet to digitise and limited edition watercolours that are no longer being produced.
Everything I lost was expensive. I’ve worked out that to replace the camera, the lens that was on it and my 10year+ collection of paints I need about $1180. At this point in time, I can’t afford to replace the gear in an amount of time that won’t impact my work, so I’m asking for help.
I’ve set up a pozible campaign to help with the costs of new equipment. You can view it here. I’m selling my art, photography and video services for less than I’d normally charge, so if you' need new photos, or if you’ve wanted to own one of my paintings or if you’ve ever wanted your name immortalised on a thankyou page on my blog, please check out my pozible. You can also help by sharing it around the place. The more shares it gets, the more the algorithm will promote it, and the more likely I am to not sink into financial despair!
To all those who have donated so far, I cannot explain how much it means to me. To have the support of my friends and community means so very much, and I’m eternally grateful <3