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Own your madness and trademark it while you are at it / 18 May 2016

Had a good and useful time at Bobby Baker's Artist Peer Support Day yesterday, full of 'mad' artists and cakes. I was toying with giving up being a professional artist but it has invigorated my creative vision and soothed my insecurities.

It showed very helpful ways to look after yourself as a mad artist, including practical stuff like reasonable adjustments. When I am asked my access requirements, I put 'people not be be wankers' but I realise I need to be more specific than that. And it has given me an idea to do training. 'Mental Health/Disability Awareness - How Not to be a Wanker'. 

One of the amazing artists there said something very wise. "Own your madness," she said. So I have copyrighted mine. This now means psychiatry needs my permission to use it. They won't be able to afford my fees. 

Excuse me while I do the time-honoured tradition of sending the copyrighted item to myself in the post.  It may take a while, my madness needs a lot of bubble wrap. 

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Dolly Sen

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18 May 2016

for some reason it won't post the pic I did, but here it is in the comments

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