I even met some other fiber artists that are interested in starting to get together as a group for inspiration/critiques. I'm excited about this! It will certainly be nice this winter, to have another group giving me reason to get out and meet!
I also get to spend the winter biting my nails over whether or not I make it through the final round of decisions on a book submission! The book is Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World – An Inspiring Collection of Art Quilts By Martha Sielman. One or more of my three submissions have made it into the second round of judging. I would LOVE to make it into this book, as pretty much any pieces I do are usually nature based. So, a better fit could not happen!
Right now, I am entering a planning and assessing phase. I need to decide on some goals to set, and things to try. Magazine submissions? More book submissions? Try my hand at teaching? (How to get people to sign up for classes or retreats at my studio?) I have some ideas, but am not sure how to proceed with some of them yet.
Has anyone had experience with teaching classes from their home studio? How do you find students? I'm a full time artist, and my connections are probably somewhat limited as a result. Any venues I'm unaware of to reach potential students?
For now, enjoy some images from the art crawl, some are from the preparation station and some are from the actually crawl.
|Eden Prairie: Wetlands and Trees 1|
|Before the crawl: This is my newest and first complete series of work! Eden Prairie: Wetlands and Trees 1-9|
|Segmented Birch, Birches, and Shadow Branches|
|Close up detail of Eden Prairie: Wetlands and Trees 9|
|Used a sideboard table for my small framed pieces|
|During the crawl: You can see the Dolly Llama in the far side there|
|Scarved: I hand dyed and embellished some scarves|
|Hand dyed and stamped onesies - currently have them up on my Etsy site now|
So, I have spent some time already thinking about my next goals.
- Help form the local fiber artist group in my neighborhood (there are at least four or five of us in this neighborhood alone!)
- Try to start teaching! (I will need to decide WHAT to teach, and figure out how to find people to teach!)
- Start submitting to some of the call for entries on the SAQA site and the local Textile Center's call for entries
- Try to submit to at least one magazine! (I'm a bit further on this one, as I have a piece almost done that I want to try and submit!)
- Continue to organize studio more
- Start planning the logistics of hosting retreats in our home - what to do, how to find "retreaters", consider "special guest" teachers for the retreats
- Keep creating!
What are YOUR goals these days?