Silver Linings Project
Calin Manuela Darling was born in Romania in 1993, in the period immediately following dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s rule. A side effect of his brutal regime was hundreds of thousands of orphaned children, crammed into 700 institutions.
And as a result, her first three-and-a-half years of childhood were spent institutionalised until she was adopted by Queenslanders, Mark and Kym Darling, becoming sister to a brother who has Angelman Syndrome.
After a tumultuous adolescent period on the Sunshine Coast, struggling with school, self-esteem and family issues, she grew into a young adult who at the age of 21, attempted suicide by leaping in front of a truck.
The truck missed her and after this moment Calin gained a new outlook on life and a newfound determination to do something positive for women who were struggling as she has done.
Thus began the Silver Linings Project, a photographic journey of 12 Australian women who have overcome physical and/or mental illnesses ranging from amputations, anorexia, cancer, trauma, strokes, suicide attempts and more.
Five key points created the vision for the book. Make a BOOK for the WOMEN in AUSTRALIAN HOSPITALS with the theme of BIRDS. Calin gathered national and international fashion designers, writers, artists and many more individuals to help create a book of hope.
All women have been photographed in bird inspired dresses, signifying they have risen above their circumstances to find their silver linings. Their stories are written and collaborated into a beautiful coffee table style book.
Calin's aim is to raise funds to print 10,000 books and deliver them into every Australian public hospital waiting room; giving hope to patients, families and loved ones at the point they most need it.
$125,000 will need to be raised to cover printing, shipping, delivery and postage.