My first creative love is textiles. Stitching by hand, pulling needle and thread through fabric. My hands are comfortable doing that. And then I love papers. Journals and vintage books and old photographs. But you know this already.
They are good things, but you know what they say about too much of a good thing. And that's how I felt yesterday. I needed a break from the fabrics and threads and papers and glues, if for just a day.
So I dragged out my wires and metals and beads. And stared at them for a bit.
I am no jewelry artist, and I stink at soldering. But yesterday I welcomed the sounds of hammering and pounding and the feel of the cool wire in my hands.
I even mixed up some resin and reminded myself how that works.
I continued work on some existing projects and began some new ones.
The change of venue was refreshing (okay sometimes a little frustrating). And all the while my mind was reeling with new ideas. New ideas for handcrafted journals, small art quilts, some new textile pieces :)
This was fun, but I think I'll stick with what I know and love. At least for now.
I love to meet people when I teach at creative workshops, but I was thinking this morning how nice it would be to, instead of teaching at a creative retreat, actually be a student instead. Here are a few that would get my vote...
You could meet the one-and-only Miss Vicky at her September Extravaganza here...
and/or you could take a workshop next spring with sweet Charlotte and friends here...
and/or attend the amazing "Inspired" event in May where my friend Pam will be teaching.
Lots of great opportunities that I am sure will not disappoint.
I've been busy stitching and creating. I'm more suited to creating in bits and spurts and am still bringing my covered journals to life (so many requests--thank you!!). So here are a few peeks and I'll put them in my shop soon (but when is soon, really?).
Na wè ankò!
(That's "see you soon!" in Haitian Creole which I am slowly and laboriously trying to learn--it's that whole 'old dog-new trick' thing.)
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