Eight years ago I hit a rough patch both professionally and personally. And I had the words ‘We can do hard things’ in a tiny frame on my desk at work, where only I could see them. These words were a mantra that I used with my young kids when they were struggling to learn new things at school, they were a touchstone during a really challenging project at work, and they were a place to land in moments of emotional turbulence.
These words have never left me. I visit them frequently. But riding the rollercoaster of the pandemic, their visibility has become even more necessary, as a reminder to not only me but my whole household. So I commissioned environmental illustrator Meeri Anneli to interpret the words into three poster designs, to share with everyone who needs them too.
All funds from the sale of the posters will be donated to the Kinfolk Food Relief Appeal. My goal is to raise $5,000.
Every week, Kinfolk delivers groceries to restock kitchens in households experiencing hardship in Melbourne. Recipients are marginalised or in financial distress and facing barriers to food security. Many are women (often with dependents) moving on from family violence and are under immense pressure to support themselves and their families through a difficult transition. The program is comprehensive, personalised, and culturally relevant, connecting households with nutritious food, by focussing autonomy, relevance and uncompromising quality.
Please share your poster on Instagram by tagging @ofkin and using the hashtag #WeCanDoHardThingsPoster
Downloadable PDF: Your poster will be available as a downloadable PDF.
Size: Supplied as A3 (29.7cm x 42cm), but you can print smaller if you’d prefer.
Usage: Non-commercial, personal use only. In the spirit of the fundraiser, please don’t pass it on.
Inspiration & Acknowledgements
This project was inspired by fellow Victorians whose big loving hearts and courage are contagious: Charlie Ryan’s V for Victori project and Gemma Leslie’s Food for Everyone project – I have beautiful artwork from both of these projects on my walls. Thank thank you to my gorgeous web designer Ange from Resonant Imagery for donating her time to help launch this project. xx