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Diabetes Art Day 2014 is February 3rd.

Participation is easy. All you have to do is make a piece of art that reflects something about your life with diabetes that you want to share. During the first year, the submissions were as varied as they could be with participants using everything from traditional art materials like paint and pastels, to digital media like photography and stop-motion animation, to kinetic sculpture, Play-Doh, lots of diabetes supplies, and even cake decorating, and embroidery.

For novice artists who aren’t sure how or where to start, collage can be an easy way to jump into art-making. For collage, you can use any materials you like, including magazines, construction paper, newspaper, photos, test strips or any kind of diabetes supplies. Find the colors, images, words, and supplies that best represent your experience, and adhere them on a larger piece of paper or poster board.

On Diabetes Art Day, upload an image of your work here on the official Diabetes Art Day website. You can use the ‘Description’ text box to add your name, the title of your work, materials used, and your connection to diabetes. If you have a blog, post your work there. You can use Facebook and Twitter (hashtag: #DArtDay) to share your work. You can also share your work on any of the diabetes social networking sites like Diabetes Daily, dLife, and TuDiabetes. Some people like to provide a narrative about what their artwork is about, what it was like to create it, or how the results compare to their initial intention… or, if you prefer, you can let the art speak for itself.

If you have questions about how to participate, whether it’s about certain art materials or techniques, how or where to share your work, or any other questions, feel free to ask!

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  2. Jennifer J. LaPierre says:

    When I was 12 y.o. I was diagnosed with Type I Juvenile Diabetes. My doctor told my parents I needed to go to the Joslin Clinic in Boston, Mass., needless to say we did. I spent 10 days in an intense clinic learning about diabetes and how to manage it! One of the things I remember most about that experience was the Art Therapy Sessions! They were my favorite….I could finally express my frustrations with this disease that had invaded my body!
    I just turned 40 y.o and have been living with diabetes for 28 years! I am an educator and even earned a minor in Art! I especially love to create art through scrapbooking. A friend once said to my mom, “Don’t worry I know Jennifer will rise to the occassion!” Diabetes does NOT control me I control it!

  3. Samantha Palmer says:

    I was wondering if you are continuing this next year?

    If yes, I was wondering being diabetic myself for 10 years, I am also a performance artist and perform my art. Could I record my performance art that I am making about my diabetes and submit that for this arts day? thanks!

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