You never know where even the smallest piece of work will end up!
I recently had an email from Elisa Hough at the Smithsonian Center For Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington D.C., with a request to use a very small piece of artwork that I had produced during 2015.
The artwork was originally part of a set of 6 1" button badges I'd put together depicting characters from the classic 1939 Wizard Of Oz movie, starring Judy Garland. This particular badge was actually an offshoot from the set, intended as part of a category I had of 'gay themed' badges. As you can see above, it shows Judy's lovely legs and feet, upon which she has those famous Ruby Slippers. There's a patch of the Yellow brick road and some of Judys Blue Gingham for the rest of the background. Around the edge I had put "Official Friend Of Dorothy".
Clearly they had searched the phrase "Friend Of Dorothy" on google images to see what they could come up with and I'm glad to say one of the results was mine, even though by this time the image had become redundant, as I had in fact recently closed the badge site.
They were publishing an article on their online magazine, which questions the origins of this very old fashioned phrase, which as far as I was aware, gay men used to use when making 'discreet enquiries'. It's a very interesting piece and it it can be viewed here..
Are You a Friend of Dorothy? Folk Speech of the LGBT Community
I discovered that this was all part of a much larger campaign by the Smithsonian to renovate and preserve the pair of Ruby Slippers they hold in their collection and to this end, they were launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds.
They very quickly smashed their target and the campaign has since been extended to raise additional funds to preserve an original Scarecrow costume from the movie, which they also hold.
Theres tons of really interesting stuff on their Kickstarter page, including (if your a bit of a geek like me..) some amazing microscopic images of some parts of the shoes.
"Keep Them Ruby" Campaign
What is nice about this is that I have been using the internet pretty much since year dot and I have put a lot of artwork up over the years. As projects come and go, you forget a lot of it is even out there and some of it just seems to disappear into the ether. So it's kind of nice when something resurfaces, even just a tiny piece of work like this and gets put to good use.