So…It's been 6 months since I last posted. I am amazed at how much faster time seems to fly as I get older. Every year one of my New Year's resolution is to stay on top of my blog posting and yet, I never seem to follow through with it! What is up with that?
Well, THIS year I vow NOT to make that resolution. Just maybe I can change my work habits to include more frequent postings. Maybe…
With that said, I have been contemplating creating a website. The simple fact that I can't even keep up with a blog tells me I probably shouldn't create a website. Over the past 6 months I actually have been on Yola and Wix and created a free website on each but have yet to publish either one.
I just wasn't quite satisfied with either website and keep asking myself- WHY do I feel the need for a website?
These days, my Facebook Art page has become both blogger and website. Whenever I post process photos or completed project photos on Facebook it is serving the same purpose as a website-
getting my creations out in the world. The thing about my blog is being able to give more information on the process and show more photos. I also miss creating with images in Photoshop and displaying those here on my blog. So I would like to get back to that this new year with all it's new possibilities.
I have been going through a creative dilemma over the past few years. I kept trying to tell myself that I was first & foremost a 'fiber' artist. I have always loved fabrics and handstitching along with machine stitching. Creating with fabric and fibers is in 'my blood'. I have also been making jewelry for almost 20 years but kept telling myself that it was just 'my hobby' my real passion was making art quilts or doing hand embroidered pieces.
Well, guess what? I came to the realization over the past year that I am still a 'fiber artist' but I am also a 'jewelry artist'. And it's not just a hobby or something to do in between working on art quilts or felted and stitched pieces. It is a very real passion. I came to this realization after many attempts to 'stop' making jewelry. I kept saying I had to focus on one medium and that medium was going to be art quilting.
Every time I decide to 'give up' making jewelry I would get a request from someone for a piece of jewelry or I would see some new beads and just have to have them! And the wheels would start turning and I would start designing new pieces of jewelry without even thinking about the fact that I was giving it up!
Something else happened over the past year-I joined Robin Atkin's Bead Journal Project. It is something that I had been wanting to do for a while so I finally decided 2014 would be the year. I coincided with a local bead group a friend and I created. Each month there was a color theme for our local group along with an 8x8 inch format. I thought I would make a piece for our group and also a 4x4 beaded piece for the Bead Journal Project using the same color scheme throughout the year.
It went very well. My local group displayed our pieces at the Fine Art of Fiber at the Chicago Botanic Garden back in November. The thing is, since the show was in November it was before the end of the year, therefore we only displayed the pieces we had finished. Well, I haven't made anymore of the monthly 8x8 pieces for the local group, BUT I did finish my 4x4 beaded Buddhas for the BJP. My plan is to now stitch all the Buddhas together into a wallhanging. The 4x4 beaded portion is fused to the center of an 8x8 piece of fabric that has been treated as a quilt and has a layer of batting with a backing fabric. Then I free motion machine stitched the background on each piece separately
then I will figure out a way to put them altogether with a black border around each 8x8 square.
As for the other 8x8 pieces for the local bead group…I have those remaining pieces on my 'to do' list for 2015. (in my spare time)
The point to all the information about the the BJP and the local bead group is that while I was beading all those pieces last year I realized that I LOVED bead embroidery and have started doing bead embroidered jewelry now!!
I have been extremely busy making jewelry for a magazine lauch party that I was invited to sell my jewelry at. I've bee so busy with that that I haven't started my January bead project for this year.
This year my plan is to stay somewhat close to the colors I used each month last year but the format will be a little different. I want to focus on goddesses for this year rather than Buddha. Each month will be a different goddess (Greek, Celtic, Egyptian, Hindu etc) And the size is yet to be determined because I'm still in the drawing phase. Also, last year I 'winged' it. No preplanned drawing, just started beading and let it flow from there. This year I would like to 'try' and plan the designs before I start beading. I may not stick with the design but I'd like to try to at least have a vague idea of where the piece is going before I get started.
One more thing I've been contemplating since January 1st is my 'word' for the year. Last year I chose 'focus'. I'm not sure I focused as much as I should have, but I certainly stayed focused on my beading and creating as much as possible. This year I have been thinking about the word 'santosha'. It is one of the niyamas which are one of the 8 limbs of yoga. It literally means contentment. Actually it is translated as being entirely or completely content with what you are doing and accepting of where you are at right now. An attitude of contentment and acceptance of yourself. I would like to 'practice' that. I am my own worst critic-in art and everyday life.
So I'd like to start practicing being easier on myself. Being happy with the journey of my art and not just worried about the results. Being happy with where I am in my art and in my life. Practicing yoga off the mat is much harder than the physical asana practice of yoga! So I will try to practice this feeling of satisfaction with where I am right now! Namaste~
Stay tuned to see more of my Buddhas all put together & more of my beadwork…..
Live your life creatively (and with contentment)~