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Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Launch, Immigrant Women Speakout

I illustrated 30 Non English speaking women's success stories in Australia. Immigrant Women Speakout Association celebrated 30th anniversary and did the book launch of "Speak Out" at a party last Friday.
BTW, do you have a dream? Yes, I have. Friends, I've always wished I could use my uni study and art skills for welfare. Now, I've begun to make my dream come true step by step.  "Dream is unrealized reality," is my belief.
 

In the book, the women have overcome many difficulties. The obstacles are, such as, isolation, discrimination, inequalities, language incompetence, cultural differences, lack of information, fall-short-of-certification, domestic violence and so ons. But the women have strength and dream and get help from the IWSA. The IWSA has assisted those women to achieve their goals in life. All stories end up a happy ending and imply a bright future! Actually this is a part of "ongoing" Australian society. The stories are so touching, full of tears, laugh and ... hope!! 

Really wonderful to meet "real authors" or the women in person at the party. Wow, some women's second generations came to the ceremony and met me. One lady almost shed tears when she looked at my illustration...

The purposes of the anniversary book is to advocate women, empower them and show where to get help at an appendix. To some extent, the goal is to support non English speakers in Australia. IWSA will distribute "freebie" books to libraries, public organizations and for anyone wants to get. So, if you would like to get a copy, please contact them. 

I'd say special thanks for the models and the team. When I explained about the project, all the women happily cooperated with me. The great team physically and mentally supported each woman to write up the story, whistle discussing about illustrations with me. 30 Illustrations had to be done in ONE month. Honest, the time frame was too tight. What was worse, I had to slow down from the hand's trouble. But the team backed up me and my daily sketches helped this project! The book includes many of my best sketches. Also, "Thank you, blog Friends," your cheers really encouraged me to handle my hand's trouble. Then, the team edited the stories and the pictures. I admire IWSA's incredible enthusiasm for this project.  

The team and I celebrated the book. Oh, our feeling was beyond language. Next year, IWSA plans to print a book in a big copy run. Onward, IWSA and I will work on projects to help women with language difficulty. With my illustration, women will easily understand the important info necessary for an Australian daily life. I'm very happy that my art work will assist Non Englsih speaking women. Yey! 

But did this project simply come to me like luck? No.
As I'm a practical dreamer --- If I want to reach a star, I'll check a distance and examine a methods to get there. Friends, I make my dream happen on my own abilities. Don’t wait for it. Find it or define it. Also, I'm the dreamer who always takes an action. On net, I saw IWSA's ad and applied to it. I became the successful candidate. ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ
In my experience, often preparation meets opportunity.
When I'm not ready, it's time for training. Practice, practice, practice! My daily sketching is both training and genuine art work. Now, I'm working on another project.

Friends, let us enjoy making dream come true. In a big dream, I hope, one day, we do not have any "filter" to discriminate other people such as border line, nationality, race, culture, language etc.
Friends, Happy Painting!












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52 comments:

  1. Congratulations, dear Sadami!!! I can imagine what those women felt when they saw your illustrations.
    Follow your bliss!! All the best.

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    1. Hi, Anna,
      Thank you very much! Yes, I'll keep up.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. Unas ilustraciones de lujo, Sadami. Espero que te recuperes definitivamente de tu lesión.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Onera,
      Muchas gracias. I'll keep, cuidar de mi mano. Voy a estar bien.
      Cheers, Sadami

      Hi, Onera,
      Thank you very much. I'll keep up, looking after my hand. That'll be ok.
      Cheers, Sadami

      >>> Onera said...
      Some illustrations of luxury, Sadami. I hope that you definitely recover from your injury.
      A hug.

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  3. Congratulations on this wonderful project. You are an inspiration.

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    1. Hi, Barbara,
      Thank you very much. I'll keep up. Your cheers are my energy.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  4. Hello Sadami

    I find it wonderful that you paint for migrants.
    I teach computer for immigrants two years now.
    We are a small group from around the world.
    I always notice that we are all immigrants.
    Immigrants from another world.
    We should meet us as if there were no limits.

    The image of the woman, the envelope, the door and the flower bouquet is wonderful!!

    greetings
    patrick

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    1. Dear Patrick,
      Thank you for the encouragements. Your say is so true. Yes, we're all immigrants and we're the same. Good on you! You've been teaching immigrants. Please keep up your wonderful work. I know you're keen about social justice issues and want for it. Go, go, Patrick!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. Son maravillosas tus acuarelas, siempre lo son, la última me parece especialmete dulce por los colores y el tema, enhorabuena!!

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    1. ¡ Oh, gracias, Mari!
      Quiero hacer de esperanza, amor y trabajo de arte que reúne a los espectadores felicidad, algo reconfortante.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, thank you, Mari!
      I want to make art work that brings viewers happiness, something heartwarming, love and hope.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Mari said...
      Your watercolors are wonderful, they are always the last seems especially sweet for the colors and theme, congratulations!

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  6. Sadami muchas felicidades por su libro y por su colaboracion con un tema tan importante las ilustraciones maravillosas admiro su trabajo y ahora mucho mas porque va dirigido a una causa tan importante.

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    1. Hola, Mayra,
      Muchas gracias por sus cálidos cheers. ¡ Oh, mi maestro de la ilustración nos dijo apasionadamente, ", artistas podemos cambiar el mundo con el lenguaje universal, dibujo!" Yo creo así y en ese sueño.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, Mayra,
      Thank you very much for your warm cheers. Oh, my illustration teacher told us passionately, "We, artists can change the world with universal language, drawing!" I beleive so and work on that dream.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Mayra said..
      Sadami congratulations for your book and its collaboration with such an important topic the wonderful illustrations I admire your work and now much more because it is addressed to a very important cause.

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  7. Absolutely fabulous Sadami!!!!! A wonderful dream come true. I am proud to know you!
    Hugs

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    1. Oh, Teri, thanks millions!!!
      Yes, I'll keep up to make my dreams come true more.
      Hugs, Sadami

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  8. So wonderful that you who have so much empathy for others was chosen to illustrate this book. Well done!

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    1. Hi, Origa-me,
      Thank you very much! Regarding love, we should not be stingy. Giving rich means getting a lot.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  9. congratulations! what a wonderful opportunity for you and all the women ! It looks like a fitting colorfully illustrated tribute!

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    1. Hi, Meera,
      Thank you very much! Yes, the team and I said, "Perfectly matched (in both sides' need)!" I'll keep up good work.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. Every time I read your blog, Sadami, I think "inspirational"!
    There really is no better word to describe you, unless of course its "talented" which you are too :)
    I love your sketches and love your attitude to getting on and doing.
    Well done to you and keep reaching for the stars!
    xxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Dear Pat,
      Thank you. Me, too. Everytime, your blog new post inspires me. How is your writing going? Not easy, but have fun and keep up.
      Hugs and best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Oh, Kubi,
      Thank you sooo much!!!
      Hugs, Sadami

      >>> Kubi said...
      Masterful Sadami.
      A hug.

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  12. What a fantastic project Sadami, and brilliant illustrations (as always!).Well done to you and all the wonderful women involved.

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    1. Dear Tracy,
      Thank you! Yes, the project is brilliant. So, I felt like joining it. Good! I hope the team and I will assist women onward.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  13. Congratulations, Sadami, that is a wonderful book! I love your approach of the 'practical dreamer'! Step by step is the best way! Power to all those wonderful women, including you!

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    1. Dear Judy,
      Thank you so much. We cannot keep making a big leap. "Steady" but "be diplomaitc" at the same time. I hope I'll keep up.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  14. Oh wow! This is such a wonderful project! I want that book! Your paintings so far, of yourself reacting to their stories... are so beautiful and tell the poignant story so well. I really do want to see the finished project and anything else that goes along with it. And let me know if there is any way that I can help! I love this idea of bringing to light the stories of women's lives.

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    1. Dear Katherine,
      Thank you very much! Yes, please contact their email address suggested above. I also know you are keen about women's stories from your posts. There might be a future project to bridge between American women and Australian women.
      I hope you will enjoy the book.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  15. Congratulations, dear Sadami! The book cover and the illustrations are fantastic! You are right to be very proud with your contribution, and I am sure that it is going to be a step towards those big dream goals you talk about.

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    1. Dear Blaga,
      Thank you for kind cheers. Yes, I really hope this tiny step will lead readers towards those big dream. Personally, I love the song, "Imagine."
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  16. What a wonderful achievement Sadami! Congratulations on your well deserved accomplishment! Yay for you!

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    1. Hi, Dora, thank you~~!!
      You, too, enjoy drawing and painting fully!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  17. It's wonderful that you use your talent to help others! This is why we were all put here...to help one another. You do that all the time... you're a great person through and through. I'm glad I "know" you, Sadami :) (wonderful expressive paintings)

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    1. Dear Celeste,
      Thank you so much! Like you said, we were put here to help one another, love each other. I know, you, too, do that all the time! So, me, too, very happy to know you, Celeste on the earth. I'll keep up.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  18. ¡Estupendo post! Gracias por compartilo con todos los que te seguimos.
    Un cálido abrazo. Sonia.

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    1. Oh, gracias a Sonia!
      Celebremos la obra de arte, actividades que llevar amor y esperan para cualquier persona en todo el mundo.
      Colgado de un cálido, Sadami

      Oh, thank you Sonia!
      Let us celebrate art work activities that bring love and hope for anyone all over the world.
      A warm hung, Sadami

      >>> Sonia said...
      Great post! Thank you for share with all who follow you.
      A warm hug. Sonia.

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  19. Enhorabuena, es muy bello todo lo que cuentas del proyecto. Y es un placer pasar por tu blog a ver tus dibujos y tu ilusión por la vida. Un abrazo

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    1. Querida Tina,
      Gracias por estímulos y cálidos aplausos. Sí, tengo entusiasmo por la vida. Sé, también tienes! Compartamos la alegría en el arte!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Dear Tina,
      Thank you for encouragements and warm cheers. Yes, I have enthusiasm for life. I know you, too, have it! Let us share joy in art!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Tina said...
      Congratulations, is very beautiful everything that accounts of the project. And it is a pleasure to go through your blog to see your pictures and your enthusiasm for life. A hug

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  20. Hello Sadami:) You are doing such a great job. Otherwise these women would be forgotten. They would have no one to go to and wouldn't make friends because they don't speak the language. Hurray for the ISWA! As always; your sketches are beautiful! Take care:)xx

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    1. Oh, Renate, thank you for warm cheers!
      Yes, hurray for IWSA! It's hard for minority language speakers to get into society. However, if a legitimate language speakers learn other languages, the world would be more frinedly for minority language speakers. You, too, take care.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  21. 30を、1ヶ月というのは、1日1枚ですか?それは、すごいです。手の調子もよくなかったようですね。しかし、がんばりますね。エネルギーもらってますよ。
    Al Ain Art Club のギャラリーが11月にオープンしたんですが、私だけ、出遅れています。かなり、落ち込んでいたんですが、さだみさんのブログで力わきます。
    いつも、前向きですね。
    よーし、めげずにスケッチするかな。

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    1. Dear Midori,
      ありがとうございます。出遅れていると感じるなら大変ですね。すでに出版の仕事を初めています。私は気負わない様にしています。いいかっこうしようとか、名作を出そうとすると転ぶのは周知の事実です。Editorに一年の期間を下さいと伝えました。私らしい水彩の絵本を描こう、描きたいと思っています。だから一杯実験しています。残念なことに面白いwashはこのprojectに関係するのでupload出来ません。
      Be what you are fully.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  22. Magnifico post, Sadami!! Enhorabuena por tu proyecto; seguro que será un éxito! Un placer volver a tu blog y contemplar tus estupendos y personales dibujos. Un cordial saludo!!

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    1. Estimado Joan,
      Gracias por los saludos. Sí, necesitamos más este tipo de proyectos.Es difícil para los hablantes de lenguas minoritarias en la sociedad. Sin embargo, si los altavoces de un idioma legítimo aprenden otros idiomas, el mundo sería más frinedly para hablantes de lenguas minoritarias. También, tenga cuidado.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Dear Joan,
      Thank you for cheers. Yes, we need this kind of projects more and more.It's hard for minority language speakers to get into society. However, if a legitimate language speakers learn other languages, the world would be more frinedly for minority language speakers. You, too, take care.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Joan said...
      Wonderful post, Sadami! Congratulations on your project; insurance that will be a success! A pleasure to your blog again and contemplate your Super and personal drawings. A cordial greeting!

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  23. Ciao Sadami,
    what a great project!
    It is all important and beatiful... many woman from different country can tell us their history and life: this is the way to create friend and to
    know the world and the difficulty of the life!
    Your beatiful paintings can also speak for them!
    Ti invidio e ti auguro altre iniziative altrettanto belle e interessanti!
    Ciao, ciao, Floriana

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    1. Ciao, Floriana,
      Mille Grazie! Sì, abbiamo bisogno di questo tipo di progetti sempre più. È difficile per gli altoparlanti di lingua di minoranza di entrare in società. Tuttavia, se una lingua legittimo altoparlanti imparano altre lingue, il mondo sarebbe più frinedly per gli altoparlanti di lingua di minoranza. Oh, non dire "geloso di te." Floriana, so che hai un cuore puro e una mente cura per gli altri. Se davvero si desidera cercare un lavoro simile, certo, ci dovrebbe essere intorno a voi. Come me, è possibile applicare per esso.
      Si, troppo, prende cura.
      Tutti i migliori, Sadami

      Hi, Floriana,
      Thank you very much! Yes, we need this kind of projects more and more. It's hard for minority language speakers to get into society. However, if a legitimate language speakers learn other languages, the world would be more frinedly for minority language speakers. Oh, don't say "jelous at you." Floriana, I know you have a pure heart and a caring mind for others. If you really would like to try a similar work, sure, there should be around you. Like me, you can apply for it.
      You, too, take care.
      All the best, Sadami

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    2. Dear Sadami , I arrive a bit late to read and comment because I also set in motion my dreams!
      And when your dreams are set in motion, the work to be done leaves less time for the computer.
      Reading your post is always nice, watch your art works is always moving.
      This book and everything is tied together is a wonderful job, as Art, and as Life.
      When the truth shines through in everything a person does, lives and feels
      (True MAKOTO) as in YOU, it is a privilege to be your friend.
      Practical dreamer .. I will take this word as "being the dancer in the storm" to give a phonetic sound to my inner attitude!
      Thanks Sadami to give strength to all those who follow you.
      With love, Rita.

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    3. Dear friend Rita,
      Thank you very much! It was really lovely to see many wonderful people on net like you. Let us enjoy striving for dreams in a practical manner. Oh, a lovely Japanese noun, "makoto," which means truth, honesty. Very happy to know you love that poem on "being the dancer in the storm." Me, too, love it. I assume tips to enjoy life is to stay in positive despite any circumstances. Then, enjoy any situation fully. Once, we do it so, sorrow is not sorrow any more. Joy comes up. Have a wonderful weekend!
      Best wishes and smile, Sadami

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  24. A great story...
    :-)
    Best regards from paris,

    Pierre

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    1. Hi, Pierre,
      Thank you! Your beautiful photos are wonderful!!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  25. dear sadami ...MANY CONGRATULATIONS !!! so many challenges to confront the book will reach out to many women ...beautiful illustrations.

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    1. Dear Jane,
      Thank you so much! Yes, women and we, staff will overcome challenges and make a difference! Great experience that art or drawing can change the world!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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