The following blog post comes from Mary Hennessey. It’s a wonderful example of the generosity we have seen in response to our RxISK Prize campaign, in support of men and women who have been left with permanent sexual dysfunction after using antidepressants, finasteride, or isotretinoin.
I commissioned this textile art piece to help raise money for the RxISK Prize. The complete amount received for it will be donated to the RxISK Prize Fund. I will cover postage costs as well as the price charged by the artist.
The piece is by Josie Russell, a successful young textile artist living in North Wales. She is such a lovely, unassuming young person – and SO talented. Her work is in high demand, not only locally but worldwide. Locally she sells a lot of her hand made ready-to-go works whereas the ones that have gone worldwide were commissions.
The artwork is mounted but not framed.
Mounted size 38cm x 33cm (15” x 13”)
Picture size 25cm x 20cm (10” x 8”)
Signed on mount (in pencil) Josie 2017
Signed on back (in pen) Josie Russell 2017
The back is solid enough to be the finished back – needs glass and frame only. It is a picture of typical North Wales rural scenery – hills, water, green fields, a mixed sky (typically!) and a setting sun. The most striking part of the picture is the setting sun and sunbeams. My brief was the above with the addition of a Welsh idiom which I wanted added since it covers what we are all hoping for here – that BETTER TIMES WILL RETURN.
I am so pleased with the finished product that words fail me! No photograph can really do justice to the detail in the piece but, obviously, it will give you a better idea than my words alone. As well as being offered to anyone viewing it here, it will also be widely offered in our area and Josie has kindly offered to put details on her Facebook page if required.
Welsh idiom “written” into the picture – “daw eto haul ar fryn” means “better times will return”.
Word by word translation –
daw | eto | haul | ar | fryn
will come | again | sunshine | on | a hill
How to pronounce the words?
“Daw” rhymes with “how”
“eto” is e(egg) t(top) o(orange)
“haul” is high+l (lamp)
“ar” is a(apple) r(red)
“fryn” is f(v) r(red) yn(in)
I have already had one very generous offer so the starting price stands at £200 (two hundred pounds). If you wish to make a higher offer, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your maximum offer.
I shall keep a record of all offers received and keep in touch with individuals should I receive offers above their maximum amount, in case they wish to increase their maximum offer.
The closing date for offers will be exactly two weeks (14 days) from the date of this post. Remember that offers will be coming in locally too (hopefully!). The new owner of the piece will, obviously, be the person prepared to pay the highest price for it. Once this has been shared between all participants, I will then wait for RxISK to confirm receipt of the money into the Prize Fund before I then package and post the picture.
I think I’ve covered all avenues now – please get in touch with any queries that you may have.