Yup, it was a good year for accomplishments. At the end of last year, i decided i would stop worrying about what other artists were doing, do what i did best and loved most, and let the chips fall where they would, going back to my own “origin” as an artist. (Some weeks i did that, some i just got mad again 🙂 )
A semi serious blog break helped–i may have posted sporadically rather than not at all (as i had planned!), but i got a lot of work and thinking done. I bit my tongue and stopped complaining (for the most part) about what everyone else was doing, or not doing. Why is it any of my business and why should i/they care? Also, why the hell was i so bothered to begin with???? Hmm, sour grapes perhaps? At least i can laugh now 🙂
I battled the pinterest, aka pinhercrap, monsters and lost and won in a sense: filed quite a few DMCA notices and “strikes”… PLEASE, fer****sakes, CREDIT properly WITH A NAME, the CORRECT NAME if you can’t be polite enough to ASK first. I still do NOT want to see mine there. And isn’t it lovely that now anyone with 30 bucks can get a coding platform that lets them build a site that does the same image scraping. Wonderful that these ignoramuses encourage wholesale theft….
How many completed works this year? Eleven, and five of those were in shows. My 2012 Gallery is still being updated, though most are in there.
Sold a decent amount during shows!
Opened a new shop for art, a resounding flop. Yeah.
Plans started with interested parties for a dye/embroidery workshop that will hopefully happen the end of May on Bowen Island, my old stomping grounds
How many publications? One in AQS and one to go into 2013–TBA 🙂
How many shows? Ten!!!!!!!
Met up with a blog friend real-time in the flesh 🙂 (waving at Margaret!)
A workshop with Jason Pollen kind of gave me a kick in the ass for serious intent and new colour exploration, learned a lot about my way of working and what and how i want to say things in that context, and then in October Karin and i had a work/play day with him also.
A successful Christmas Trunk Show with Contextural.
Volunteered to run a machine embroidery group on Stitchin Fingers in 2013–moderator not teacher, though i will certainly share what i know 🙂
So what are the plans for next year???????
Good advice from Sandra Meech in her latest book, “Connecting Design to Stitch”
For one thing, there will be no magical word or phrase: labelling or prodding myself about what i’m doing that way is not necessary now. I know where i want to go and what i want to do. If i need a constant or instant reminder, i’ll just look around the stoodio, fondle the finished works from 2012 and carry on.
The biggest thing, scarey that it is, will be to learn to better market myself. That means not relying on being part of a group to get into a gallery (though it certainly helps to network and make connections, highly recommended), approaching them myself, retail venues, applying for grants (an abysmal failure in 2011 on my part), teaching more and i still want to write that book.
If you are one of those who believes that the flip of a calendar page will make things magic, well go for it, all the best to you in 2013. If you’re like me, you’ll get up on the 1st as you do every morning, regardless of the day, the month, the season, the year, and just get back to work 🙂