Fiber Artist • Oily Guru • Foster Dog Mommy
As you know I have been doing a grand purge of everything I own. And one of the things I have just finished going through is my insanely large fiber art related library. You see, I used to work for Lark Books which was a spin off of Fiber Arts Magazine. Fiber Arts magazine used to write book reviews of fiber related books. So when a new book was published, the publishers would send out review copies to Fiber Arts. I am talking old school weaving books from the 80s and beyond. At some point Lark decided to purge their library of books they no longer wanted to make room for references of more current craft trends. Weaving and spinning was not something they were interested in publishing anymore. So all those books, I mean dozenz and dozens, were being purged. Holy crap, I had hit the motherload. I filled the SUV 7 times with books heading to the recycle center. Most of these books have been in my basement storage for the last few years. As I am doing a grand purge, I am only just now really seeing exactly what kind of collection I actually have. And while weaving trends have changed a good bit, it is crazy fun to consider new possibilities looking at old school techniques. Make sense. I have also found I am drawn to old school knitting techniques to design knitwear. And being a child of the 70s, it is so amusing to see a revival of the woven wall tapestries popping up on boho blogs. Check out this weaving I made in middle school. To this day I still love love love this piece. So armed with some new inspirations, I am blasting the classic rock, diffusing some patchouli and orange (because it makes me think of Southern California in the 70s) and diving into the stash. Progress pix to come.
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Who knew I had so much stuff? It is a little embarrassing really. I knew my tiny bungalow was pretty cluttered over the last few years. And I had a separate studio with 650 sq. feet of stuff. We have been filling available space at the condos, consolidating mom and dad’s stuff that had already filled all but 0ne of the closets and half the kitchen cabinets. I have put together more shelves than I can recall, sorted through endless numbers of books and magazines, and crazy nick nack that I am not sure what to do with other than to toss them or find them a place to be stored. I am determined to get all the stuff sorted and organize before we pack it all up to move again next year. I want to be able to move in with only stuff we love or use, and temper the anxiety of moving to a new community knowing that the move itself is organized and manageable.
The hardest wrangle has been going through all my studio stuff. The last year of so, I have not wanted to go to the studio so stuff sat untouched and disorganized. In our haste to meet the move out deadline, it all landed here in a chaotic heap. I have been sifting through it all slowly, realizing maybe all the chaos was a big part of why I found It unpleasant to work in my space. I mean my work areas were nice, but as I look at all the stuff I have shoved into the corners, I realize it is all just stuck energy. But now as I have shrunk my dedicated business space by 2/3, I am having to put my working station shelves and carts on casters, and store them lined up against each other, only pulling out the stations I need at the moment to work. So my next task is to go back through the stuff shoved hastily into boxes, and find a home for what I need to keep, and toss or donate the rest. So labor intensive, but going to be so worth it in the end.
I have been diffusing essential oils like crazy. Nothing new, I diffuse at least one combo every day. Often my diffuser is going 24/7. today I am diffusing Idaho Blue Spruce to clear out any negative vibe and raise my vibration as I work. I like to mix with Lavender to relax me and Rosemary for focused energy. Will rearrange my stone grids to match the new moon, adding some lodestones for a little magnetic pull. And write out my 100 pieces of gratitude. Thankyoumoreplease is my mantra for the week.
Okay, this almost seems like a no brainier for me. And I suppose given that I am a fiberartist, I could easily argue that I do make art every day. So why am I putting this on my 50@49?
When I was in advertising, I made art everyday too. In fact, it was crazy important that I did things to keep all those creative juices flowing and healthy for the constant deadline driven pressure cooker that is everyday life in advertising. Ever watch Madmen? It is a true glimpse into my life from 1989-2001. Just a different style of clothes clothes(post punk hippie).
When I was freelancing, I was able to carve out what I needed to stay creatively on my toes for my clients. I took a ton of community art classes in many many medium. I dove into the local art community, supporting art galleries and events. And I spent much of my spare time making shit that was not related to graphic design.
So here I am in a not so pressure cooker of a job. But even when it comes to my business, it is so easy to excuse my personal art practice because if seems as if I am making fiber art every day. Truth be told, once I have nailed a product, the making has more to do with production that the actual flexing of my creative muscle.
Same with working on the branding of my business. Branding is one of my absolute favorite things about working my biz. And I find it so very creative, and keeps me active in my cherished design skills. But my fiber art and my branding are all a product of creative time playing and exploring all the right brain bits that my subconscious has been festering for future use.
So when I say I need art everyday, I need activities that are art play, making mistakes, harnessing the new ideas bubbling up. The raw, unfiltered, brave, just for me art that helps bring new ideas to the surface.
This is why I art journal. This is why I love trying new art medium. To but I am so very bad to procrastinate on the daily practice. Yesterday I made a periscope (follow me here) of a quick 15 minute art journal session, prepping for my week. And it was so insanely easy to take just a few minute to play with my paints. That whole reason I was able to do so was because I announced it on social media that I was going to do it.
It is kind of scary to say, but what if I were to post or periscope my morning art practice every day for a year? No matter what that looks like, one piece of washi tape to paint on canvas to playing with a new method. Art Everyday.
So this weekend I leave for a 4 day girls retreat at the beach. a time where my girlfriends and I are taking out self care in the road and diving into a safe place of exporing whatever we need. I am bringing my art and my weaving…. and my tripod. Morning periscopes anyone? I am thinking start them next Monday, I am going to try 9am, but it might be that changes when I get home.