Friday, March 1, 2013

The New Me

Okay, I have done it; I've felt guilty about not posting for long enough, and felt guilty that what I've been posting isn't relevant to my quilty pals here. So, I gave myself a new identity in a new blog, Random Acts of Art , at www.mermaidwhimsy.blogspot.ca . There, I have completed my "mixed media artist" identity, and will be sharing my art (which consuming far more of my time these days).

I've also given up on holding guilt for not posting when I feel I have nothing relevant to say; I will grow the blog organically, updating it when it's right, and will feel complete in doing so. I can't keep up with Bloggy type rules that try and push you into getting more followers by posting a zillion times a week, or commenting on a zillion other blogs; it's tough enough just being me these days, as I'm sure it is tough enough being you. So, all that to say that I hope that if you are at all interested in my artwork, please consider following that blog, especially since I expect to be posting there more often than I will be posting here.

That said, I hope to be making a quilt for the father in law to be this year, and will share it when I can. I still love the zen of quilting, but find myself falling in love with the zen of creating mixed media art... So, follow my whimsy I will - hope to have you join me!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Beginnings, and New Directions

Can you believe that we are about to begin a whole new year? It really feels to me like I've just gotten myself sorted out for 2012! This year, my word was inspire, and I truly felt inspired on so many levels! I found myself steering away from traditional quilts, although I still have a few on my "to do" list (I mean, really - where would I be if I gave it up entirely?) - and, although textiles remain one of my favourite mediums to work in, I was able to truly immerse myself into the beauty of encaustics. From there, everything seems to have taken a new direction; I find that I no longer really identify with calling myself a "quilter," but have morphed into an "emerging artist." So, in this new year, my goal is to stay with this new direction, which means I have a new word: FOCUS

During my time exploring encaustics and other mixed media art, I amassed quite a collection. And, rather than have my collection take up all available wall space, I decided to take the next logical step. Once again, I got over my fear of applying to calls for entry, and submitted three encaustic pieces for a curated show at the Metchosin Art Gallery. I am excited and pleased to say that not only were all three pieces invited to be hung at their "Massively Mini" show (running into January 2013), but the following piece, "Chemistry of Attraction," sold at the opening ceremony, to another artist who is also featured:

 
 
A big thank you to Bert Lambier, from Wingnut Designs; Bert makes the most amazing metal sculptures - I should be so lucky to own one some day!
 
On the textile side of things, lately I have been so into making miniature mixed media journals, using Moleskine Cahier notebooks; one of my favourites is called "Songs of the Heart":
 
 
 
I've made a bunch of these types of books, all individually crafted. And, I even sold one of them after posting it on my Facebook page! (One of the things I accomplished when I decided to "focus")... I plan on making more of these, along with some of my other fave things to craft, because I really want to do at least art show and at least one craft show in the coming year; I am also contemplating an Etsy shop. If anyone feels like sharing their experience with Etsy, or any other online marketplace, I would love to hear from you!
 
Final bit of news: most of you know that I started fuddling around with building a website on wordpress this year (which is partly what took me away from blogging more often); well, I'm sorry to say that I just couldn't quite get the hang of it, and am just not tech-savvy enough to make it do what I want. Sooo.... not to be entirely discouraged, I set about researching other avenues, and YAY, YIPPEE, and HOORAY, I have a website!!! It is a place to showcase my art, and is connected to this blog as well, so look for more frequent studio updates and random thoughts about me, and my journey into the art world...
 
As always, thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts. As of this moment, I am exhausted and need to hit the sack; it's been a long day, making art, selling art, and putting my website together enough to hit the "publish" button... So, off I go, while visions of art quests dance in my head... and wishes to you, for a creative and fulfilling week!
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Reflections

Wow, how time flies - I have so much to say, and so little time to say it!! This has been a whirlwind of a summer, and here is my recap:

For those that have been following my blog for awhile, you may remember my Geisha Fanfare quilt, from my post, The Healing Power of Quilts. Well, as good as it was to have that quilt build a bridge for a troubled relationship, it was bittersweet when I asked to borrow it so that I could enter it in our local quilt show. When it was returned to me, I have to admit that I cried - it was covered in cat hair, had many torn threads from cat scratches, and even a stain from a popsicle (I think). How was I to enter this in our show? And how could someone have so little regard for the hours of work I put into it?!?

Well, after my tears, and a mother daughter camping trip, I was able to look at this with new eyes, and I learned a very important lesson. The big distinction between how I viewed the quilt, and how the new owner viewed the quilt, was this - I cherish that quilt, but she LOVES it; loves it so much, it gets used every day - this quilt is not art in her mind, it brings comfort, and that is what it was intended for. So, with all this in mind, I set about fixing it up, and entered it in the show. And, I don't mind adding that I asked Matt, owner of The Quilted Bear, to please place it somewhere that it could be appreciated. And boy, was it apppreciated - lots of people stopped to look at it, and talk about it. The best part, though, is that this is my first award winning quilt, and get this - IT WON BEST IN SHOW!!!! Yup, not a bad way to enter the world of awards for quilting :-))

Whew, now that I've shared that, the rest will seem so hum drum, but here goes - my life in a nutshell:
- Wedding plans are going fantastically; I know I haven't posted my Save the Date cards yet, but I can't just yet, and I will tell you why soon... my goal was to have everything sorted out by Oct. 31st, and I am so happy to tell you that I figured out all the deets on Monday, woot woot!!

And... drum roll, please.... my best news yet... we are moving!!! Again, for those that have been with me for a while, my post about What Constitutes a Studio details my studio "space" - a closet underneath stairs. Well, in a couple of weeks, I will be moving to a 2,000 square foot, 3 bedroom rancher and a sun room - and I will have not one, but TWO studios - one for textiles, and one for encaustics.

So, other than the normal craziness of life, that is my recap - or, at least as much as I can ask anyone to listen to anyway... I hope your life has been filled with adventure as mine has, and would love to hear about it. In the meantime, happy crafting!!