Much is new, much more new is to come, and much remains the same
Who would have imagined that a small Facebook group called the “b2zone artwork collection” would grow into an exclusive circle of artists of such diverse artistic disciplines and into an online magazine? It all began as Gina and Roland encountered a series of great works of art distributed throughout an array of online networks. As they browsed, admiring the creativity and the talent of so many artists dispersed in cyberspace, an idea was born: to offer artists and those interested in art a place to post their work and to exchange ideas within a community of like-minded individuals.
The Facebook “b2zone artwork collection” group was born. Shortly after, Gina and Roland began the “b2zone Artwork Around the World” initiative in which leather artists around the world take turns to leave their mark and create an unprecedented work with one single piece of leather. This project has been so well received, giving us so much gratification and so many stories to tell, that we soon found ourselves creating the b2zone magazine—an online magazine that, through impressive pictures and personal stories, presents the work of our artists to the general public, free of charge. That all wasn’t planned. We never intended to become a huge Facebook group. Our focus was (and is) quality over quantity.
The fact that our group has grown steadily and that our online magazine has developed into a bona fide compendium surprised us. But it motivates us all the more to continue with our work. What goes online, stays online. Therefore, it has always been important for us to provide the best online framework to present our members. At first, it was all in the hands of Gina, Rodrigo and Roland, but just as the stories and offers of the magazine increased, so did the hands that support it. Stefanie and Sandra joined in. Everyone makes an important contribution. So here we are after almost two years, a small, fine group of great artists, a living initiative of leather artists in “Artwork Around the World,” and an online magazine that increases in popularity with the outside world, attracting more and more artists from other platforms.
In the midst of these very positive developments, we have decided to pause for a moment and to dedicate a permanent space in the b2zone magazine to the b2zone artwork collection group, which has always supported us with their valuable contributions. This dedication is to honor the fact that out of a small idea, out of a small group, a great project has emerged, a project that grows constantly. The “b2zone artwork collection” column will remain an exclusive place where the work of the group members will be presented. With this special dedication, we want to thank the b2zone artwork collection group for their great support. We look forward to continuing to share your stories.