This month, we’d like to introduce you to our guest blogger for 2015. Her name is Apple Girl.
She was inspired in part by the work of South African artist Helen Brink who transforms youthful drawings into dimensional characters. Below is a creation of Helen’s inspired by a drawing by Jarred at age three and a half.
With this amazing start to our journey, here’s our guest blogger Apple Girl.
How it all started
Well hello there. My name is Apple Girl, and I was originally created on paper by the imaginative Alyssa Skippings with support from her inspiring mentor Isabell Evans. All this took place in their Manga Madness art class at Stirling Street Arts Centre in Bunbury. Here are some images of how it all started.
And, here are Alyssa’s images of me in more detail.
I was then transformed into a real girl by textile artist Deborah Campbell.
Alyssa inspired me to live a really healthy life, and in my guest post, I want to share with you my top tips. Before we get started, all these totally amazing images were shot by photographers Carensa Watts and Rob Cox of oxy images. Here we go…
I do my best to maintain a healthy diet. Apples, which are bursting with vitamin C, are a dietary staple. That’s why I love going down to the produce section of the local supermarket and hanging out with apples. It’s the apples, after all, that give me my superpowers. And, as they always say: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Keep up your fluid intake
Although I absolutely love my apple cider – here I am at Natural Temptations – I drink it in moderation (honestly). One of my mantras is: “everything in moderation.” It’s really important that we drink a lot of water along with our favourite drinks which are often loaded with sugar.
Try to make friends
Making new friends and keeping the old ones is a never ending journey. Here I am with Alyssa, textile artist Deborah and the Uthando dolls (which Deborah and her artist friends make for African children). We’re all feeling a little shy, but we’ll get there.
Join a club
It’s well known that being a member of a club or group is good for one’s mental health. It gives us a sense of purpose and belonging. That’s why I’m a member of the Universal Supergirls Club. Our Club members are united by the fact that we’re always trying to do positive things for people. And, hey, I’m even part of the ABC Open ‘In the Club’ project!
Here I am with Alyssa and her mentor Isabell. They’re also supergirls, but we’re not in the same club. They’re in the Art Partners club. Think they’ll let me join their club?
Do good deeds
Every day, I try to do a good deed. I really like going to the Shoe String Café in the Intown Centre to offer a cheery word or two to people who are stopping by for their morning tea. When the weather is warm and sunny, I like to hang around outside and flash my grin for those arriving. I have been told by people that I make their day.
Get a good sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is what helps us recharge for the next day’s adventures. Although I’m often out during the day doing my good deeds, Alyssa makes sure I’m safely tucked in at night. I even have my own special pillow!
It’s been wonderful sharing my top tips with you. But, before I say good-bye, I must ask if you’ve had your apple today?
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