Last month was incredibly busy getting ready for the Art Stroll. I had all the best intentions of posting play-by-play updates on my studio work, but that dream slipped away pretty quickly. After a month of 75 hour work weeks I decided to take last week “off.” Of course that didn’t happen, either! It would be foolish not to use the momentum gained from this event to continue expanding this fledgling enterprise so I kept on going.
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The stroll was a success. I was incredibly loved and encouraged by the support of my friends and church family, to say nothing of my family. Some of the most unexpected people came out of the woodwork to say a kind word.
At the stroll I was placed in the position of trying to engage the public and show the value of my work. This is no short order. In the end I think I had meaningful conversations with only a handful of strangers, and those were creatives themselves who understand the artist’s plight. Fibers, art and design at large all tend to be misunderstood and under appreciated. I suppose everyone becomes an ambassador for their trade, for better or worse; but it seems to me there is more pressure on those who choose, shall we say, ‘unconventional’ paths to validate their choices. Since choosing to go to SCAD I can’t tell you how many people have asked or insinuated the insulting question “why don’t you do something useful with your life?” I am still working on my response, but I have learned that the art won’t speak entirely for itself. I must give it a voice if I am going to find any success in my work.
It’s another rant entirely to explain how I quantify success.
I did manage to shift directions this week and give my mind a break from the pressure of producing so much in such a short span of time. A new sewing machine was bought, plants tended, books read, a skirt made, a winter line of products planned, and a picnic blanket made in a new color-scheme (just for me!).
In the end I made bias tape out of a natural colored muslin and hemmed the skirt up by hand. The results are very pleasing! I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of this piece.