We love scrolling a pretty Instagram feed, but in the midst of a global pandemic that’s exposed inequalities in our society and caused us to question what matters most, online voices that have a deeper message are especially powerful.
So, when artist Amy Webb of the blog This Little Miggy asked if we would be interested in framing a piece of artwork she created with her daughter, we were on board. Not just because the piece is gorgeous and we love framing kids' artwork—but also because Amy is an incredible advocate for disability rights, giving insights into her and her beautiful family’s experience and what we all can learn from it.
We think her message needs to be shared, so here's our shameless pitch: read her blog, scroll her pretty and profound Instagram, and buy her book to learn about how we can all help work towards equal rights for people with disabilities.
What: A drawing she created with her youngest child. Her daughter laid the groundwork with a pencil drawing and Amy finished the piece with oil paints—truly a collaborative effort.
From Amy: “In my experience, there is something really special about the way children draw when they are 3 or 4. They move beyond the simple scribbles of the young toddler years, but they're still completely unconcerned with doing it "right." There is so much confidence and originality in their strokes.
This drawing is an elevated preservation of the freedom, complete confidence, and innocence that a child has when they're 3, and it's a reminder for me to try to stay in that space as much as possible.
And since it's something I did with my daughter, it reminds me of her at that age. I still have an image of her in my head, laying down on my studio floor with this giant piece of Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper underneath her, while she started drawing with absolutely no hesitation. I treasure that memory. For me, this painting is a piece of art and a family heirloom.
A white frame really lets the piece itself really stand out. Because of the deckled edge of the paper and the fact that the art goes all the way to the edge, I knew I was going to float the piece. I love it! And so does my daughter. It makes her feel so proud to see artwork she created hanging in a beautiful frame on the walls of our home. That alone makes it worth it to have your children's work professionally framed and treated with care and respect."