Or my oldest friend in the world, creative mind and genius, Mandy Osipenko. Since we were kids, Mandy has had a creative mind like no other I've seen and believe me, scatterbrain is not a negative comment. It's just how her creativity works. Growing up, I saw 50% or so of her imagination come to life and many other projects fizzle because her mind simply doesn't allow her to focus on one project and allow that focus too see the vision come to fruition. Fact.
Anyway, in the past 5 or 6 years or so, Mandy has been an idea mill like no other on the planet. She has created several doll prototypes and one, her bunny line was sold to the Electric Fetus.
She has also gotten into various other creative projects that may not necessarily be seen as artistic projects per se, but are indicative of what this woman is capable of none-the-less.
Derby Sprouts, Mandy's baby, is a non-profit organization that helps blossoming leagues through everything; setting up their board to insurance, rules & regs and more:
After single-handedly creating and organizing the Blood Spill on the Hill, Eastern Canadian Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Finals last year, she became a part of what is now known as RDAC- Roller Derby Association of Canada and was a part of the merge that took place. She is now the President of RDAC. For more information about how you can join or contribute to RDAC:
And because sometimes we all need someone to stand up for us, Mandy partnered with a Derby pal and started Blockers Not Bullies; an advocacy to stop lateral violence/bullying amongst Roller Derby players. For more information:
These are just a handful of Mandy's contributions to the art world as well as the sport of Roller Derby. I just found out a few days ago that Mandy is now creating and selling hilarious hats. Check out her store at:
Pretty awesome stuff!!...
I hope you enjoyed this excerpt of my friend's enormous brain, I know I did. LOL For more Mandy, check out her blog at Little Geek Lost: