i don’t know if i told you, but i told a good friend recently, that it’s time to up the ante. i do consider myself an artist, but if someone were to ask, i wouldn’t know what to tell them. i am an artist. but what is my medium?? i know artists can have more than one, but i wanted 1. as in, 1 definitely. i think i should take clues from my favorite shops. i’ve always had a crush on the paper arts. the lighthearted ones. the beautiful cards, prints and calendars. oooh, the papers and the fonts. (what kind of geek am i?) i dream about letterpress and ink. but then there are the fabrics. if i could just design & sew all day, my life would be complete (insert theme music with butterflies).
when i was rebuilding my life, i decided to openly acknowledge and embrace my creative need and allocate about 1/3 of my living space to these pursuits. i have a beautiful studio, but the accoutrements of all my media are taking up most of the space, i barely have room to work. i have paints, brushes, thread, stickers, a scanner, sewing machines (yes plural, i think there are 6 or 7 in my immediate family), a slide projector, needles, tacky glue, glitter, beads, cutting boards, x-acto knives, hammers, chisels, stamps and inkpads. i can do some of most, and that might be the extent. i want to do all of some, instead. my first love is textiles, my second, paper.
i finally told my friend that my sewing was moving from downright crafty to gorgeous & classy. i upped the ante. i am progressing from giving all my work as gifts (which is rewarding & great) to receiving gifts of my work. which is not to say i will sell it all or no longer give it away. but i will no longer devalue myself via my work. part of my transformation will include more & different giving of myself and my gifts, and also asking for & accepting gifts in return. keep an eye on my etsy shop in the coming months. i’ll also let you know when i post new items!!!
with blessings, carla