Saturday, May 31, 2014

Looking Back Through Your History

I think no matter where you are in your journey, it's important to look at where you have been.  This can apply to everyone and anyone regardless of your goals or career path.  As an artist, sometimes you need to go through the photo album of your creative path and find yourself once again.  That's not to say that I don't know myself now, but for me, it's more of a purposeful re-adventure.  

It is easy to get way ahead of yourself if you are driven to define yourself and, to me, defining myself, my voice, my art, is a process of taking two steps forward and one step back.  I forget the history of how I got to where I am.  I'm a visual person and I need to see my story in front of my eyes.  That's how I can better evaluate, analyze and direct myself to move forward.

With each new goal I reach as an artist, it's important for me to re-visit the journey because it not only inspires me to move forward, strive harder to reach a new goal, but it also reconnects me with the imagery and techniques that I enjoyed working with earlier on that journey.  Of course I am always looking for ways to repurpose my art and I might find opportunities checking the archives, but it is also a way for me to blend the past with the present to create the future.  

Our art is always continually evolving, but we can learn so much about ourselves from the history.  Take a moment to look back at the art you have created so far on your journey and ask yourself these questions:

1.  What inspired me to create this?
2.  What tools did I enjoy working with at that time?
3.  What components inspire me now and how can I incorporate those techniques, colors, ideas into my art going forward?

I don't know about you, but I am a work in process and I think I always will be.  I encourage you to embrace your work in process, your history, and your dreams to continue taking that journey and working to ensure it is a long one!


Sunday, May 25, 2014

SURTEX: The Big Show!

SURTEX 2014 - Wow!  I can't even begin to explain what a huge experience this was for me!  There was surface pattern design EVERYWHERE and it was all so beautiful and inspiring!  I had doubts before the show and as we were setting up taking in all our surroundings but after connecting with my first interested party, that was it!  I felt confident that I had chosen the right road and taken part in a fabulous opportunity that could potentially change the entire course of the rest of my life.  WOW....

The most important takeaway for me from the show was about product mock-ups.  I knew that mock-ups were important and I was able to create them for some of my collections in the remaining design time before the show but I now feel they are almost more important than presenting the overall design by itself.  Knowing this, I will be focusing more of my design work from the products themselves.

Next year?  I will exhibit at Surtex again next year either as a part of Cultivate Art Collective or possibly on my own depending on my ability to obtain license agreements from connections made from this current show.  Either way, I will be better prepared with a portfolio full of mock-ups and endless design ideas!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and let's not forget all of those who have defended our country in the name of freedom and put their lives on the line for all of us.  Most importantly let's not forget those who are still with us and deserve our support and compassion for all that they have done and how dramatically their lives have changed as a result.  Celebrate Life!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Quilting Arts Free e-Book and SURTEX BOUND!


Great News!!!  My friends at Quilting Arts on the Quilting Daily Blog are offering a free e-book with three (3) articles of mine from past issues of Quilting Arts Magazine along with more great articles from Natalya Aikens and Wen Redmond on incorporating digital design in your art quilting!  Click on the link below to get your free e-Book!  (I'm humbled, BTW, to be featured here with such amazing artists!!!)

The big Surtex tradeshow begins this coming Sunday!!!!  Yikes!!!!  Am I ready???? Almost (as ready as I will ever be for exhibiting for my first time)!!  Family and friends have been so patient with me as I have worked hard to be able to make this art licensing dream of mine come true and I thank all of them for it!

Hours spent in the studio drawing, scanning, manipulating and coordinating will all pay off when I am standing in the Cultivate Art Collective booths 214 + 216 Sunday, Monday and Tuesday exhibiting my designs with our group and among a convention center full of amazingly talented surface pattern designers!!!  WOW!  Please pinch me because it still doesn't feel real.  The thought of someday seeing a design of my own on a blouse at Macy's or shower curtain at Crate & Barrel or even giftwrap at The Paperstore keeps me going but it's not hard to stay motivated when I absolutely LOVE this direction my art is taking me!

Hop over to my website HERE to check out some product mock-ups.  I will be sure to share my whole experience here with pictures upon my return!!!  Wish me luck!!!

See you soon!