2016 was the year of handmade gifts. I created a stylised version of each of my family members and added some words of wisdom from their future selves to guide them through the years ahead. 😊❤️
My little lianabyliana slogan makes me so happy. I've been wanting to experiment with brushes in Toonboom and play with bringing this idea to life for ages. Now it is alive. =)
There will be a tonne of curiosity, exploration and adventure happening in LA and at CTNX over the next two weeks. Pumped!
My Mt Warning in a school dress climb is done and dusted.
It was a gorgeous day for it. The 8km round trip took us about 4 hours and it was so much more challenging than I expected! The terrain is quite rough and when you near the top there is a good steep section where you're actually clambering up the rocks. Full body workout!
The view was stunning and the best part was running into 3 other Do It In a Dressers at the top.
So far I've raised enough funds to educate 2 girls which is amazing! If you have a spare $10 to contribute to my campaign to help make that 3, you can make a donation here: http://www.doitinadress.com/liana-wright or buy a print here: http://lianabyliana.bigcartel.com/
Over the past month, I've been very busy drawing in my school dress.
I created a series of illustrations that are now for sale at my online shop: http://lianabyliana.bigcartel.com/ Proceeds from each sale go directly to my One Girl - Do It In a Dress campaign. Together we can educate 10 girls and change their lives forever!!
My goal with the illustrations was to capture elements of life that we all have in common - no matter where we were born - and to create artwork that will inspire you and the ones you love.
The series stemmed from the second illustration in the story - "Learning". This is based on the idea that education lights up your life. It takes you out of the darkness and into a bright world full of new questions and ideas. Which then trigger even more questions and ideas! Education is so vital for growth. It only takes one small step to go from being where we are now to achieving things we only ever dreamed of.
The third illustration in the series is called "Dreams". It started out as a wide piece - which is why this one is available in a couple of different A4 options. The illustration was based on my dream to climb Mt Warning in a dress in a couple of weeks. The concept was inspired by the fact that everyone has dreams - no matter who you are - and no matter how big or small they may seem. Each person's dream is just as important as the next. Dreams help our communities and families thrive.
"Community" is the first illustration in the series - and it is the beginning of the story. We know that we all have dreams and we know that education lights up our life. But the absolutely most important thing to remember, is that we can't have those things without our community - whether they're physically with us or on the opposite side of the world. Each one of us carries the responsibility (or at least we have the choice!) to support each other's dreams and to lift each other up.
If your mere existence has such a big effect on other people and the course of life and the world...imagine what a big impact you have on the world when you actually do something with that existence. When you take action. When you make a point of it to be influential, to create change and to make a difference in the lives of others.
The final illustration in the series is about love. When we send out love into the world, it comes back to us ten fold. I absolutely believe this. Spread the love!
So far we have educated 1 girl through my One Girl campaign. Only 9 to go! You can help by:
- making a donation (no matter how big or small) directly to the campaign here: http://www.doitinadress.com/liana-wright
- buying a print here: http://lianabyliana.bigcartel.com/
- and/or spreading the word about the Do It In a Dress campaign
Every little bit helps! Let's support the dreams of girls who are passionate about education, and help to open up a world of opportunities for them.
This is me on my first day of school. I still remember the smell of my new bag, fresh books, polished shoes, packed lunch. I remember the excitement of everything I would learn and where that would lead me. I remember the delight of making new friends and buzz of all the firsts I would experience - excursions, athletics carnival, being part of a team, school community events, musicals, choir.
We moved to Australia in November ’96. When we arrived, there was two weeks left in the school year before the summer break. I loved school so much that I begged my parents to let me go for the last couple of weeks so I didn’t have to wait 2 months before going back. They let me.
There I learnt Italian, had special LOTE classes (so I could learn to understand what people were saying to me in English!), learnt all about Australian culture and history along with the usual Maths and English. I sang in the school choir and made new friends. I joined Girl Guides and did jazz ballet.
A year later, we moved cities again. New friends, new teachers, new classes, new experiences.
I’ve always had a passion for learning. I appreciate that I was able to go to school for the full 12 years, and then go on to study at university. I appreciate that I never had to worry about how I was going to pay for my education or school books or uniform. It has opened up a world of opportunity for me, and I can’t imagine my life without it.
I’ve always been aware of how fortunate I am to be born into the family I was born into. Especially when over 60 million girls around the world are denied an education, simply because they were born a girl.
I believe that every girl in the world has the right to an education, choose when she marries and has children, and have the resources available to keep her body healthy. Every girl has the right to knowledge that will help her excel, understand finances and understand how she can contribute to her community so that she can support herself and her family and have the life skills to make her own decisions.
This is why I decided to become a One Girl ambassador this year. I believe that by working together we can make a difference in girls' lives and give them the opportunity to a better future. Every girl who is as passionate about education as I am, shouldn’t be denied the opportunity to learn and grow.
Through my campaign this year, my goal is to raise enough money to educate 10 girl in Sierra Leone - one of the worst places in the world to be born a girl.
In October I’ll be climbing Mt Warning in a dress to help raise funds and awareness. I’ve also been drawing in a dress - and will soon be releasing illustrations for sale - with all proceeds going to my One Girl campaign.
In the meantime, you can learn more and donate here: http://www.doitinadress.com/liana-wright
Every little bit counts!