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.
- Continue experimenting with and/or developing new techniques
- Develop an outline for possible booklet about the simplified techniques I’ve developed for digital surface design—explore if worth submitting for publication someplace
- Submit quilts to at least two juried shows each year
- Continue striving toward “my idea” of perfection
- 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
- Continue to explore using paper and/or alternative materials in quilts
- Create more smaller pieces for Etsy Shop
- Post on blog/website more frequently—perhaps even putting together tutorials
- 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.