Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year, New Commitments

Now that the school semester is put to rest and the holidays have come and gone, I've had time to take a breath.  I've take a few days off to rest up, but for the most part I've been working.  It is hard to rest from work that calls to your body to return.  I've been weaving, sketching and hatching some ideas for work that will take me forward into the new year.  

I can't believe the end of the year is once again upon us.  That means it is time for me to look back at my past commitments (or goals if you like) and and set some new ones.  See past commitments: 2011, 2012, 2013

Completed 2013 commitments

  • Submit work for a juried show 
  • The year of weaving
  • Continue to learn and explore indigo dyeing
  • Continue to explore quilting 

Still need to do
  • Learn to make paper
  • Pursue noncredit courses to strengthen drawing skills

I was able to complete most things on my list.  It has been a busy year with a lot of unexpected opportunities.  Working at the yarn shop has been a tremendous boost to my art practice.  It has offered a chance for me to teach once again, and I learn a lot from my students. 

I also made networking and building a community of artists another goal.  I'm so glad I did.  Having a community offers a lot to a largely solo career focus.  It is important to have people that understand what you do and can offer support and cheerleading when it gets tough.  

I expect this next year to be a year of a lot of changes.  My husband is defending his doctoral thesis late in January and beginning his job search.  Of course I cannot predict what that might for our lives - moving certainly a possibility.

With all the potential change in the air, I'm going to narrow my focus to two big commitments.
Keep submitting work for juried shows and sales.  Continue to network and expand my community - hopefully by attending the Handweavers' Guild conference in July.


I'll spend this last day of 2013 at the loom.  I cut a piece off yesterday (above) and now I'm beginning a new one.  Weaving is a great way to mark the passage of time.

Happy New Year!