Jane M.

This is my plan to carry forward with me from the class:

1. Continue showing up in my studio in the mornings

2. Cultivate joy in the creative process

3. Develop a good relationship with my fears

4. Be fruitful, not perfect

5. Encourage myself to reveal myself in my art

6. Embrace forgiveness

7. Be with others to share, give, take, learn

While I've not been organized enough to share very much, and the last few weeks I fell serious behind, I've steadily worked my way through the assignments and now completed them. I've seen great improvement in myself, and my work, and I appreciate the opportunity to take this course. I think the things I've learned and processed will continue to hold me onto a good creative path, probably growing even stronger over time. Thank you, Jane Dunnewold!

This is a monoprint made on a gel plate, of my take on ancient cave art. It is fused to a canvas board, 5x7 inches.

Susan S.

 

I have looked forward to each new lesson offered on the course and will miss them, even though there were some I could not complete due to travel/time constraints, or personal reaction to them (which means those are the ones I need to go back to.)  I enjoyed reading other people’s work and thoughts too.

Strategies to work on from this class

Practical areas

  • Practice domestic machine quilting regularly to develop skills which have gone rusty.  Have machine set up ready and practice sandwiches or small projects at the ready to spend 10-15 minutes on at least three times a week
  • Get comfortable with my Handiquilter Avante.  Load expendable (non-precious) fabric to get regular practice and confidence in using the machine for larger projects.
  • Start working on tidying up sewing room and closet.  Try to get rid of one or two waste paper baskets or bags per week, whether donating, throwing out or giving to students.
  • Get comfortable going back to City and Guilds strategies of sampling and keeping sketches and work in notebook as long as it does not hold me back.  (Sometimes I do better working from full size collages.)
  • Set aside afternoon time for sewing/designing and make it non-negotiable at least 3 afternoons per week (I tend to exercise in the mornings and I often work in the evening).  Be assertive about needing some uninterrupted time when I do not have to jump to obey “summonses”.  
  • Get comfortable using Dragon Dictate to save my wrist and hands for sewing, teachingand workouts.
  • Try creating one larger piece in the next year, of a size which can be entered into US shows
  • Go through lesson 4 assignments again.
  • Practice one in and one out rule for studio and wardrobe.  It seems workable and comfortable whereas decluttering still is not.

Psychological areas

  • Get rid of inner committees—they are hampering me a lot
  • Learn to assert my right to have time to create at least three times per week.  Do not feel guilty about delaying some of my Mother’s paperwork/needs in order to create.  Guard my creative time.
  • Ignore negativity that whatever I do is unimportant.  
  • Continue to write in journal as appropriate

Work made during class

Two of my challenge quilts for the fifteen by fifteen group (www.fifteenquilts.com) were created during this class.  The cactus piece was started in a batik class that I took in Colorado. Hoiwever I had to figure out how to create the prickles and the quilting.  I enjoyed beading and embellishing the piece.  I had already taken my photos and made preliminary sketches before the class.  I admit that I thoroughly enjoyed having a few uninterrupted days to work. It. I was very happy with the way the cactuses turned out, and have thought of building on the idea with a painted piece, or a mix of photo printed fabric and paint.  Although my sense of perspective in the piece is a bit unorthodox, I was satisfied with it.

The second piece, Motion is less satisfactory.  Firstly I tried domestic machine ruler work quilting which I am not yet adept at, and thought that I could get away with only quilting it horizontally------it really needs more quilting as I do not feel that it lies correctly.  I also did not have a cotton variegated thread in the right color and I used a 50wt thread which was too lightweight for this type of quilting. Secondly I am not sure that the design works well. It seems to lack balance.  The things which work in it are quilting before embroidering the text which allows the text to be seen without interruption. The couching was relatively smooth and I dealt with the problem of finishing off ends by couching before appliqueing the circles. 

Michele K.

At the end of that workshop, I have made the following list :

1 - About what I have started to do during the course and want to continue doing

  • organising my samplers and trials, which were lying in drawers, sewing or gluing them in a notebook, with a explanation of how they were made, or giving a better presentation to the ones I like best.
  • writing each week a list of the things I need to do for the every day life and what I want to do, in relation with my textile work and my others artistic interests
  • finishing some pieces "in progress" (!) for too long time / or getting rid of them for good.

2- About writing

  • write regularly, not only to get more efficient for my textile work but also to get clearer about what I am looking for.

3- More generally :

  • Take more time for what interest me in the line of arts, be careful of "protecting" my own time. Be more organised and make a better use of my time.

Here is a trial piece I made last month. A sampler for a work about gardens I am planing to make.

Très bonne année à toutes, amicalement, Michèle

Barbara D., Julia J. and Kris L.

Strategy for Strengthening my Artistic Self

Journal

Artistically in the design phase as well as while each piece is in progress

Personally – Keep writing !!

Stay Connected to my Art

Sketch & Design

Create my work distinctively

Feed my artistic energy

Challenge myself

Learn new processes completely and with purpose

Take meaningful classes

Add Positive Energy

Bring more of your good self to others and your art

Control the Committee and remember your Rebel Self

Be Confident in myself and my work

Practice Positioning and Re-Alignment

Step back and circle around to take a fresh look

Recall / Review the hard work done in the CST Workshop

Add Grace and Balance to EVERYTHING

Carla D.

For the next ten weeks (and more):

I intend to work in my studio no less than three days a week from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (most probably longer).

I intend to go through the workshop again using the book and my notes.

I intend to write a critique of my finished work including what worked and what didn't.  What would I change?

I intend to nurture my friendships with other artists.

The quilt was made after making the expanded squares.  It's OK but I don't like the way the black material frayed and I would not use black thread to hold the pieces together.   I want to make a piece using the expanded idea but with white on black.

Sue K.

INTENTIONS

PLANNING

Make a schedule that starts with plenty of studio time;

then fit all the other stuff in around it.

Prepare in advance to have full days at home without having to leave the house.

Make a to do list and use it. Include short and long-term goals.

PRACTICE

Keep a journal and write something every day, even if only a single word. 

Continue design and color studies and sketching; at least one session a week.

FOCUS

Limit online “recreational” time. Turn off computer noises. 

De-clutter; every time you open a box, look at the contents with a critical eye. 

Get rid of the superfluous items; thin the herd of sewing machines.

MAKE DO

Use what you have. 

There is enough. 

Nothing comes in unless something goes out.

WELL-BEING

Walk daily.

Read more books.

Take meditation breaks.

Learn to say “no” - limit new commitments.

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Since we are fully involved in the Christmas holiday in my family, I intend to launch into these commitments in earnest on Boxing Day, December 26. I’m excited - that’s less than a week away! In honor of that, I am sharing a small piece that I completed on Boxing Day last year, as part of a year-long commitment to make one small piece per week. I wish everyone all the blessings of the season, and for success and fulfillment on your creative journey. 

Susan M.

For me, the cornerstone of the course has been "yes, yes, yes!" I have regular time in the studio and ways of moving things forward even when studio time is fragmented. I write and reflect.  I find inspiration, challenge, and support around me. I'm lucky enough to be doing what I care about doing. That's a lot to be grateful for. Still, sometimes black thoughts about my work and me as an artist creep in. When that happens, the line, "what I'm saying is yes, yes, yes" feels like a buttress or guard rail against doubt. And, the stitched piece here titled "What I'm saying..." will be a reminder. Thank you!

Jane M.

2017 statement

In preparation for making new series of work

  • Scour and mordant all cotton/ linen fabrics in stash
  • Wash all silk fabrics
  • Review fibre stash
  • Make hanks if silk threads and heavy cotton threads
  • Make batches cotton silk wool fibres yarns and threadsetc
  • Dye 100g batches with yellow onion, red onion, alder cones, walnuts , avocado skins , elderberries, marigold.
  • Before end January
  • Do design for new pieces of work . Revisit sites
  • make minimum three pieces preferable five piece in series. To be ready by end of April.
  • Shibori dye scarfs for exhibition in Scarborough , plus jacket deadline end February. Dye at same time batches above.
  • Write up for felt matter. Dead line 5th January.
  • Do lichen dye tests
  • Keep blogging

And the finished piece that I cut up during the program , changed from a piece I was keeping in the cupboard to one I'd be happy to display.

Micaela F.

“You are perfect the way you are...and you could use a little improvement.” Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
Great thought to begin reflecting on ways to strengthen and move forward:

Pondering is one thing… writing is another. I think deeply about my projects – ideas and processes – but I have learned about the value of writing in this course… something I have not spent much time on previously.  Writing about ones work or intentions brings up questions, demands specifics, generates new ideas and concepts, and deepens the process of pondering and of making. It has helped me focus on particular projects already on the go, as well as preparing for future work. Writing has helped bring clarity to my ideas. And while I’m still a bit reticent (only out of stubbornness and habit) about committing to integrating it on a permanent basis, I cannot deny its obvious potential to improve my “making”. Therefore, my first steps in continuing with strength training are:

  • I plan to take the time and invest energy in writing and reflecting on the direction of my work, and on specific pieces and series.
  • I’m going to go back to Lesson 7, which I felt unable to do at the time. I feel it’s perhaps the most important lesson of the series, but it also required me to address some profound questions and concepts that I didn’t feel up to at the time (and it was a particularly mind-bending week at work). My personality is perhaps a poor combination of being deeply spiritual and profoundly cynical. No doubt, it has an impact on in my work. It muddies the stream, and complicates what I choose to reveal or not reveal in my art.  Hopefully taking the time to work through Lesson 7 will help clarify some of this and help me move forward in a more deliberate and open way.
  • I want to bring more focus  to two current series (and perhaps how they are related to each other) – one on ancestors/heritage, and the other – reflections on light (working title). Both of these need to be more fully developed conceptually… which requires writing!
  • I’m going to include certain mixed media techniques into my work. I’ve been considering this for a while, but have not taken the time to explore it.
  • I want to better understand the commonalities in my work and either build on them, or expand beyond them: the use of silhouettes, repetition, working large, the unintentional (only recently discovered) frequent use of the circle in a square…. More writing.

That’s the “what”. The “how” requires commitment of time. At this point, the best I can do is to commit every spare moment. That may not be specific enough, but I’m going to write it down – “COMMIT EVERY SPARE MOMENT” – and tack it to the wall over my computer… where my eye wanders all too often. It’s also serves as a reminder of the lessons learned in this course.

Thank you, Jane, for the course. I’ve enjoyed the way it has caused me to struggle with myself. I’ve run the gamut from being profoundly moved and motivated, to wondering what the heck I’m getting out of it. (I think that’s more an aspect of personal resistance, than a reflection on the course itself.) However, I think that’s actually how it should work – continual questioning, some hard work, a good dollop of inspiration, and thoughtful guidance. It’s now up to me to continue with what I’ve learned.

I have a few specific take-aways from this weeks wrap up that I want to keep in mind. (Perhaps they also require notes posted on the wall)

“The first one to recognize is that once it’s in you…, it’s in you.

Number two? The paradox: you’ll never be good enough, but you can still love what you do.

Number three? A dawning realization that the flip side of having it in you is not being able to get away from it! You’re birthing an artist self and the birth canal only goes one way.

Having built stamina affords you the opportunity to grab an even bigger challenge - positioning your work to make a difference in the world - whether by sharing beauty, commenting on justice/injustice, or by making people laugh.”

This last bit applies so well to each of us. We each have different motivations for expressing ourselves artistically. We are inspired and affected by different things. We each have different philosophies on art and making, and we each can interpret what our “world” is. The point is to make a difference – in ourselves, our families or communities, or in an even wider sense.

New Work

I made this piece during the course. It was unusual for me, because I often work large and take months to complete pieces. It’s small and was made for a specific show, to specific parameters. It only took me four days (evenings mostly). It made me realize that I should do a lot more of this kind of work – not because it’s easily done, but because it will allow for more experimentation, generate and develop new ideas, and provide sense of accomplishment that is often long delayed when making large work. Being active in this course, dedicating time for creativity, motivated me to jump on this small project which I might not have made time for otherwise. I enjoyed it!

Sharon C.

My Intentions

This class has been great because it forced me to “think about creating”—which I’m hoping will help me continue to grow as a textile artist.  To me, that translates to exploring and developing new techniques.  I love creating; it’s my favorite morning activity.  

I’m not very good at committing—especially to specific things—and therefore tend to like my goals unprioritized and open-ended.  And making this list is about as committal as I can get without feeling pressured.  I will, however, copy the list and post it in a prominent place in my studio so I am reminded of my goals or accomplishments.  As a textile artist, the following is a list of areas I’d like to explore or things I’d like to accomplish during the next several years.  

  1. Continue experimenting with and/or developing new techniques
  2. Develop an outline for possible booklet about the simplified techniques I’ve developed for digital surface design—explore if worth submitting for publication someplace
  3. Submit quilts to at least two juried shows each year
  4. Continue striving toward “my idea” of perfection
  5. Evaluate why I do not like the several quilt tops I have not quilted and either come up with a fix or find another use for—there was surely something about them I liked to begin with
  6. Continue to explore using paper and/or alternative materials in quilts 
  7. Create more smaller pieces for Etsy Shop
  8. Post on blog/website more frequently—perhaps even putting together tutorials
  9. More digital work

This class has been just about 3 months, and during that time I have or worked on or completed several projects.  I’ve included three that stand out the most.  They each include some digital work.  The first (A) is a quilt I have partially quilted in which I used a lot of digital creations about sunflowers.  In case you couldn’t tell, I love sunflowers.  The second (B) is another sunflower-themed wall hanging I created and quilted in a short period of time because each piece fabric was my own digital creation.  That was something I’d been wanting to do for a while.  And the third (C) quilt is a project still on my design wall, and I’m still contemplating final placement.  I have been taking apart layers and adding more color.  

Darlynn E.

        The past nine weeks have been about growth. Not only in my art journey but in the journey of life. I have inadvertently learned the reasons why I prefer and do certain things. It has been an eye opener.

         I have been looking for a strategy for strengthening and continuing my art journey for some time. This class was what I needed to push me along the way. I have been able to formulate the following plan to keep me on the right track.

  • Work in the studio every day I am home. Even if I only have an hour.
  • Always have some project ready to go.
  • I don’t have to finish one idea before I begin another.
  • Keep a running Journal of ideas and thoughts.
  • Do small (8 X11”) projects to test new techniques or ideas. Keep in plastic sheets in binders to be able to refer back to. Practice working in all the elements of design until I feel confident in my abilities.
  • See if I can find a friend that wants to begin small Journaling projects so that we can share.
  • Create a series of quilts along a theme or technique I love.

Thank you so much Jane for your inspiration and sharing of your strategies for success.

Theresa F.

My strategy to build stamina

  • Goal:strengthen my artistic practice
  • How: create spaces in my week to focus on this work 
  • Tool: calendar/diary

1. Minimum 15 minutes each day - creative practice: drawing in journal, writing, stitching - making/creating

2. Re organise my work week - leverage the employment conditions I have - am able to work 4 days per week in day job.  This frees up one other day.  At least 1 day each week in the studio.  This is my personal priority - all other things will get organised around this commitment to myself.

3. Find my local tribe of stitchers/textile artists - build connections right where I live and breather with others who are on this journey.

Kerstin E.

The future

These past 10 weeks have been a adventurous journey inside myself. I have taken the time to reflect over what is the purpose of my creative side and how to handle it. 

I have come to the following conclusions for the future. 

- Stop procrastinating - I often think more or spend more time on internet than doing things. This has to change. I shall try to make more and think about it less.

- Accept my different interests - I have a love for yarn and weaving which was reborn when a second hand loom came my way during this course. As always when something is fresh the new love can seem to be number one. But I know that my love for pen and paper is equally strong. So I must accept that I have different interests - could call myself mixed media artist :-)

- Keep writing - Earlier I have tried to keep ideas in my head. That has not been so good, many thoughts have been forgotten. So to work with writing things down has changed a lot. This is a habit I want to maintain.

- Be proud - The feeling that everyone else is much better can be devastating. I shall be proud of what I do. 

- Time is limited - With a full time job I must TAKE time for MYSELF. But I will not set goals as to do artistic work for a certain time each day. I know that such an ambitious will not be possible to fulfill every day and then it will be stressful instead. So I will note which days I have been able to have some ME-time, try to expand that time but not "punish" myself when other important things get in the way. Be positive to the time I get, instead of whining about time not gotten.

Finally a message to you Jane. These 10 weeks have been powerful. I have started on a number of e-courses but never before been successful in make it all from the start to the end. Maybe this tells more about this course than about me. I am very thankful for the path it has lead me into. THANK YOU.

And a picture of my new loom to finish (or rather start) with.

Anne W.

# 10: Being my Authentic Artist Self

My strategy for strengthening and developing my artist self:

  • Keep ‘turning up’ to my room every day, even for just 10 minutes on days when I have ‘other’ responsibilities and commitments.
  • Continue using my journal for long, medium and short term planning. This is something I recently started doing and it is proving very productive for me in terms of ensuring I use my time to the best advantage for me. It keeps me focused, on track and constantly checking and adjusting priorities and tasks.
  • Edit my Personal Profile statement
  • Continue to use the ‘free flow’ writing and writing with my non-dominant hand whenever I feel I need to think about what to do and/ or how to do. I feel I almost need to make this my default way of thinking, rather than ‘thinking’.
  • Working through the exercises has brought me to finally hone in on what was raised in #4, my loves, passions and what stirs my curiosity.

I love exploring, ancient history, primarily how people lived and worked. I am especially curious about the women who so often had no voice.

I am also fascinated by landscape and how people have lived in, developed and changed it, especially those of old and ‘lost’ civilizations.

My project work is therefore much clearer and more specific in terms of content. I feel at last I have a tangible view and feel of I want to explore. This will form the core of my Building a Series

  • When I thought in general terms about how I want and like to express my ideas, four words came to mind immediately, Drawing, Painting, Textiles and Writing.

In delving into explore how these would contribute and work for me I decided to ‘free flow’ my thoughts on each to establish their potential ‘role’ as it were.

Drawing I realised is not something I particularly enjoy as an end in itself, it’s a means of selecting and sketching ideas. So I have let go of the idea that I ‘should’ draw more. Painting pictures using acrylic, oils or water colour is again not something that grabs me, although I have defaulted to that because it is familiar. On the other hand, working with silk paint and dyes in fact any techniques which allow for a free flow and more unconstrained movement of colour I find much more interesting and satisfying. Another recent discovery is free machine stitching. I can draw and paint freely with that.

  • Building a Series

I will work on silk and cotton(s) to create mixed media pieces, comprising silk paint, dye and acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium, creating further layers and textures with collage and free machine stitch. Weaving may well end up being included somewhere. We have been visiting Turkey now twice a year for 10 years. I absolutely love the rugged, mountainous landscape within which sit ancient remains of past civilizations. And the stunning blue of the sky and the sea, well, that is just something else.  My first historical theme is based on Kayakoy, a ‘ghost town’ in SW Turkey. I am well into the sketching and planning stage and the accompanying image is a pastel draft of one of three houses for my first panel design. I am now ready to begin experimenting on fabric.

The final part of my new work plan is to establish a blog as a way of recording and sharing my process, final pieces and my writings based on the landscape and historical research motivating and inspiring my visual explorations. I have the blog, ‘Paint and Stitch’, ready set up to begin planning and drafting my first ‘sharing’. Further down the line I expect to then set up a website and a Facebook page to further promote my work.

This has been a great, practical course aiding the setting up of a solid ongoing creative practice. For the first time I feel I know where I am going and how to work on and explore potential ideas. In the past I really struggled with ideas emerging in my head, but always struggled to keep hold of and develop them over time, like butterflies, one would come, but then seemed to flutter off and disappear into the landscape or I'd find myself chasing around from idea to idea unable to settle and deveop one.

Many thanks 

Anne

Heidi F.

To Jane

First a huge thank you for running this course. I believe in fate and I found this at the right time. I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey, which is, I hope the start of the next chapter. I have found the thread again and started the rollercoaster ride. The future is uncertain as I am about to leave my dayjob and need to find a new path. However that looks like, it will involve creativity, I love creating and also being involved with other artists, advising others on starting up was the only thing that I enjoyed about my job.

My strategy is

I am going to keep showing up. I will find pockets of time every day to work creatively,  I love the short bursts of surface decorating with beads and embroidery that I can do anytime anywhere, with Kaos (my dog) by my side.

I will keep at it, getting better at practicing what I am good at and continue to explore my curiosity and develop techniques and exploring new materials. 

I am seeking out other creatives/artist groups around me. 

I will find a workshop/short course in textiles or felting that suits me and will allow me to further develop my skillset. My goal is to get a dedicated studio in the garden, where I can leave work out and get space to think and create freely.

I need creativity in my life, so will persevere. For now I am creating for myself, going with the flow, I have learnt to embrace bigger. I am working towards getting enough stuff together to "get it out there", whether that is via online selling, galleries, fairs etc, hopefully a combination. I am also planning to take part in next year's Bucks open studios, a 2 week period where artist all over Buckinghamshire open their studios for members of the public, currently the biggest in the country. Time to embrace my artist self.

I started this a couple a weeks ago, still in progress. Inspired from a photograph taken in Cornwall, UK.

Carol H.

I have learned so many important things during this course and firstly I just want to say an enormous thank you to Jane (and to Zenna too) for this extraordinary experience with the penetrating weekly essays and a safe place to post.   Also thank you to all the contributors for sharing (often very moving pieces) in the Open Studio.   It has shown how unique we all are and yet how many things we have in common.   So much of what has been expressed has resonated with me.

Secondly, on to the Strategy……

STRATEGY FOR STRENGTHENING AND CONTINUING PROGRESS

My specific intentions:

Focus.

Do something in the studio every day, however little.

Keep writing. This has been such a powerful thing for me during the course and I will definitely continue with it.  Not only for my creative work but also for other ‘life’ situations.   I find it so amazing how a stream of consciousness can work on you and help you resolve something or come up with an idea.

Delve deeper back into my early years which I found so enriching and helpful in Week 1.

Continue sorting out my studio and getting rid of things.   I am doing this slowly so that it doesn’t completely take over. I’d like to do this generally in my life as well. Pare down and simplify everything.

Make time and take time with my future projects.   I have several lined up with reference material and ideas almost ready to go. I have index cards with the ideas and notes written on them and boxes for the reference materials etc for each. The first new project I plan to work on is one for which I have already dyed enough gradated yarns to make samples and I’m really excited to see what will happen. This will be the start of a new series.

Follow the thread which has always been there.  I need to keep creating. This is a non-negotiable part of my life. 

Paula K.

Strategy for strengthening and continuing progress made during CST.

 Work through CST workshop notes again. Work on areas that you didn’t focus properly on during last 10 weeks.

 Continue to write .. and read:

When stuck in a black hole/need inspiration – read/re-read - Jane’s workshop notes, Anne Lamott, Caroline Myss etc, anything you find inspirational, that will keep you on track at that moment.

 Write at least every other day even if just 300 words (of anything). Think Anne Lamott, Julia Cameron. And draw?

 Review skills set lists. Prioritise what you want to get better at initially, then turn to new skills you want to learn. Identify sources of tuition/training. Sign up (for a limited number at any one time).

 So can do these things pretty immediately:

Join the Embroiderers’ Guild and attend local meetings, starting with next one (June or July?) OR teach yourself more stitches from books.

Enrol on a machine stitching course at Rachel’s studio in town.

Find a drawing class (online?)

Order more dyes and experiment further with acid dyeing/printing.

 Diarise making/thinking time. Treat it as non-negotiable. Set alarm earlier a few mornings a week, book quiet evenings away from the TV and making days at studio. Put them on the calendar/in the diary –treat as ‘work’, they’re non-negotiable (except in extremis!)

 Keep the three ‘history/process/content’ paras close, review the middle two regularly. Write an artist’s statement - for now, to enable you to talk more comfortably about what you do now. Revisit regularly.

 Have a list of content/ideas you can turn to in arid periods. Think back to week 4.

 Focus on one particular area of feltmaking (ie making forms or mosaic technique etc) and get really good at it and better at keeping records.

 TURN UP.

 For me to remember: Be joyful. Not so serious. It’s fun, a gift to be creative. Revel in it. Don’t give up.

The photo is of two pieces I’ve made during the last three weeks. The smaller one’s called ‘Spring’, the larger ‘Summer’ - reflecting a garden that’s abundant and full of colour. Some fun! The photo isn’t great - excuse the un-ironed sheet background too! (Improving my photographic skills should probably go on my 'to learn' list!)

Thank you Jane for sharing the CST programme over these last ten weeks - I’ve not always fully engaged, being a slow learner, but I’ve found it powerful and it has moved me on. I’m going to revisit it and try to ensure that it continues to drive me forward. Thank you too to you all for sharing your experiences and thoughts. Best wishes to you all. Paula

Sarah D.

My strategy to help me keep engaged and moving forward with my creative work:

1. On a weekly basis (or more often if appropriate) write about my ideas, how my work is developing, how I feel about my work, whether I feel connected and aligned, if not why and what I can do to get myself realigned

2. Touch base everyday with my work, even if it is just for 20 mins. Sustained working at least twice a week or more if you can. A few hours during the weekend and one evening a week. School holidays approaching - to be revised. 

3. List of tasks to do each week (flexible, use as a starting point) e.g editing, painting backgrounds. List to be done at the weekend.

4. Share your work and the beauty you see in the environments your work is about. Deadline for first collection November 2016. Exhibit work in Open Houses at Xmas or a local gallery. Show work at school. Update website.

5. Help to inspire others to be creative and to be confident about their creativity and work. Share with pupils. Talks at school.

Pauline C.

For the last couple of weeks I have been playing around with eco dyeing and I've attached a couple of the pieces I have dyed.  Not at all the colour palette I would normally be attracted to but I rather like the subtlety of these hues and the patterns and lines.  In these 2 pieces I've used Lemon Myrtle,

Eucalypt and Cinnerea leaves with an Alum mordant.  

My Strategy:

- Have a plan, one that is well thought out and well documented. Don't just rely on photographs and a few rough sketches.

- Write everything down.  Carry a journal, make lots of notes.  I'm discovering that this really does

   make a difference in the planning process.

- Practice patience while creating.

- Continue to expand my textile repertoire.

- Finish cleaning out the studio.

Kind regards

Pauline