CREATIVITY - Daryl Januszewski, seen here at Red Deer’s Art Battle, recently completed her project Kawaii365. Januszewski created 365 art projects and left them throughout the City to promote the arts scene and brighten peoples’ days. photo submitted

Red Deer artist creates 365 projects for 365 days

Daryl Januszewski created her own blog and year-long art project Kawaii365

Just over a year ago, a local artist was unsure of her future in the art scene.

After completing her Art Diploma in 2009 from Stratford Career Institute, Daryl Januszewski was finding it difficult to express her creativity and share her art with the community.

Januszewski then received a book from the Red Deer Public Library which suggested multiple art projects.

Completing these projects lead to Januszewski creating her own blog and year-long art project Kawaii365. Kawaii is defined as the quality of being cute, or items that are cute.

“I wanted to do something that people can see, so I started making little things and leaving them in public places around the City. I started to hear back from people on facebook and Instagram saying, ‘These are really neat’,” she said.

Januszewski grew up with an interest in Japanese anime, which made creating 365 Kawaii art projects for every day of the year even more exciting.

“I really went for it and kept drawing cute things,” she said.

“The very first one I did, I drew a face on a cup of coffee and then I started this whole blog around it. I wanted to share it with my friends and family on facebook.”

As more people responded to her blogs and art projects, Januszewski was able to overcome her tendency to be shy in public settings.

“I think it is really important for artists to expand their horizons and try new things,” she said.

“I am shy by nature but I force myself to go out there to try new things and I am glad. It is important to me as an artist and a person because I think that here in Red Deer everyone is very inclusive and very friendly and I think it is important to keep that social aspect.”

Being able to connect a community through art is something that motivates Januszewski to continue to create.

“If I can motivate people to get out there and meet new people at the MAG or downtown and help connect and network – I think it will really expand our arts community and keep our City friendly overall,” she explained. “It has expanded my horizons and has gotten me out of my comfort zone.”

Januszewski said she will not continue to create projects everyday since the project is over, however she will keep up with her blog

She also intends to sell her art and colouring sheets at the Red Deer Farmers’ Market.

“It is important for me to be smiling and happy,” she said. “It was important for me to do this Kawaii project, because smiling faces make people happy.”

Januszewski hopes her project can be an example for those looking to spark their creativity.

“I am shy by nature and I know that there are others who are as well,” she said.

“They have dreams but they may not follow them. I encourage them to try it. It feels really good to be appreciated for the effort I put into it.”

Just Posted

Get your healthy on

Healthy Living Expo promotes sustainable, innovative and healthy lifestyles

WATCH: Team Alberta visits Red Deer this weekend to prepare for Canada Winter Games

About 250 Team Alberta athletes toured venues and tested out facilities Saturday

École Secondaire Notre Dame High School students hold ‘Food Truck Friday’

Food studies students learn what it takes to run a food truck business while giving to a good cause

Action Group Society seeking support for transit program

Donate A Ride needs a boost in funds to serve the community

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Ponoka cowboy Vernon (Bud) Butterfield passes away

The Ponoka Stampede Association announced his passing Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Most Read