Monday, June 24, 2013

Artistic A.D.D.

After I got my last group of jewelry out to Angelwood Gallery.  I've felt a bit lost. I'm bouncing from project to project, but I also have to keep up on my online marketing, and I want to move my focus to some new ideas.  I am a list person. However, I currently have lists upon lists and new opportunities are coming up all the time that I don't want to pass up. It's becoming overwhelming.  My New Year's Resolution was to start saying "No" to things.  I have gotten rid of a few things, but some other opportunities are too hard to pass up.

On the business end:
1) Keep up with website updates (one of my least favorite things)
2) Blog at least once a week (which often includes a few hours of taking photos and editing)
3) Work on/finish paperwork to incorporate myself into an LLC.  Then switch the bank and credit cards over to the LLC so that it can start gaining credit. 
4) Staying on top of the Handweavers Guild of America twitter account. I feel bad when I drop the ball. I need to sit down and schedule tweets for every two weeks for a mental break instead of weekly.

Exhibits etc:
1) I'm speaking to the Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild next April.  It may see like a long way out, but there's been so much gone on since the last program I gave, it's going to be a lot of updating a cutting down for a new PowerPoint.
2) I MISSED the drop off for the University of Michigan Alumni Show, luckily, I can drive down tomorrow morning and drop it off before I have to cover at Grove Gallery. Usually I'm very good at getting things on my calender.  There's been so may dates this year though, that it's a bit of a mess. I'm having a hard time keeping track of what is where.  What happened to those days when all I got was letters that my work wasn't accepted?
3) Still need to decide what I'm entering for the Michigan League of Handweavers Conference Exhibits. Due at the end of this month. Is it bad that I want to have a bunch of new work?
4) The Lansing Guild has asked me to pull guild background (which is stored at Grove Gallery, amking me the obvious person for the job) notebooks for their October show at the East Lansing Public Library.

On the Beadwork end:
1) I also have a bangle commission that I need to get done (but has no real deadline so I keep putting it off). 
2) I've started in on "Uprooted 2" the root is being cleaned and the first tendril is 3/4 the way done.
3) Holiday sales are going to be upon me before I know it, always always making jewelry.
4) I'm knitting little star ornaments for Grove Gallery's Holiday Sales for November/December which will need embellishing.
5) I really want to get back into playing with conductive thread.  I have a necklace and another bangle in mind. I'm beginning some of these components.



On the Weaving/Fabric end:
1) I want to play in my dye lab now that it's gotten hot (and it's in the basement). I'm playing with shibori again and would love to make some pieces for myself.
2) I need to do the finish work on "Layers 1." It's never hard to weave it, it's hard to cut it off loom,  hem it, hang it, block it, edge it.
3) I want to clean out the loom room and get my new loom up.  There's going to be some major purging in this process.
4) I have a small tapestry in mind that I should get started on too! I might take my tapestry loom over to Grove Gallery since it looks like I'll be spending extra time there this summer.

That feels good to write it all down.  I'm wandering around the studio spaces in my house picking at each of these things. Maybe I can knock a few off my list this week and have something more concise to blog about next week. That would be awesome (I'm thinking "Layers 1").

Once I get myself incorporated and possibly my own studio space, do you think I can get an intern? That would be amazing.

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