I've never had a DD before, and as someone who's been on DA on and off for getting close to a decade now I have loved to see what has come and gone for years in that filter. Whenever I've wanted some inspiration, DDs have been what I've looked at. As most of us do, we unassumingly open up our account to check our messages and expect a routine of checking for new art and a few comments here and there. I'm sitting here with over 1000 messages, various group invites, and hundreds of deviations to go through since I haven't been on in quite a few days. There's no way I can get through them all tonight, so, here's my message to all.
Thanks for all of the watches, favorites, and most importantly, the comments. I've read through some of them already and it is really heartfelt what everyone has said. I look back on Empowerment as one of my best pieces myself because I really put myself into the work. I've struggled with bipolar since I hit puberty and to help someone else through a rough patch really set in stone how much I actually care about the effect jewelry has on people, not the design itself. It is the main reason I have gone out of college and into the medical field, and why I made work about being an animal person. While I love jewelry that makes us beautiful, I care about making work that helps us see the beauty in ourselves and the gift of being alive. I feel very lucky now that I've been able to share this with so many people. I know the commissioner is going to see these comments and hopefully all these messages will brighten her day (even though she's doing well!) and continue to share the gift.
To everyone who shared a bit of their life story in the comments: thank you, it means a lot to me, and while I am going to try to think of a response for everyone I'm actually rather speechless. I never thought this would mean that much to someone other than myself and the commissioner, and you have proved me wrong. You've given me a lot to think about and I appreciate your honesty and openness.
Thanks to everyone
You've made me rather bashful.