My run at Annemarie Gardens’ Artists in Action has come to a close, and a bittersweet one at that. It was such an amazing experience. The artists I got to meet and work with were just awesome people and artists in their mediums, getting the opportunity to be around them was such a blessing.
Like all things though, my time there had to come to an end and that was sad. I admit there were tears. I’ve never had such an amazing time like this around such terrific people so it was sad to see it come to a close.
But, I have come away with new ideas and directions. Everyone loved watching me needlefelt. In fact, one woman came up and proclaimed – “I’ve wet felted and read about needle felting but never seen anyone doing it, you’re so exotic!” Never in my life have I been called exotic! So I fell into a needle felting frenzy since folks really enjoyed that.
A fellow fiber artist bought one of my pieces to work into one of her nuno felted shawls or table runners! I am so honored that she felt my work worthy to be included in a piece of hers.
My last piece I made there, I was feeling blue at the thought of leaving and used the colorful background trying to force myself into a “happy place”. I sat there staring at it not knowing what to make with it, coming up with a blank I left for lunch and to go home to let our pups out. As I as coming back Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness’ song Cecelia and the Satellite came on (which has deep meaning for my husband and I) and the line resonated again – “I’m the satellite and you’re the sky”. So, I got back and that was the inspiration for my piece –
I have some larger pieces in mind – really large. I’ll be starting one as soon as I straighten up my studio to have it done to submit for an exhibition at Annmarie Gardens called Folksy. I’m going to be working on a piece for FiberArts Now Fiber Transformed and then for their fall Excellence in Fiber V.
So, while I’m sad at this most wonderful adventure ending I’m very excited about the ideas it has sparked. As Semisonic said in Closing Time – Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
So my beloved “Scoobyru” – my Subaru Outback (#Subarulove, #SubaruAmbassador) was awesome once again to help me get everything over to Artists in Action. She swallowed tables, bins, display materials… I love my Subaru! Can’t say enough good about that vehicle and will continue to sing her praises. 😊 I’m also handing out Subaru pens and pencils as I do my community art project. We’re doing origami lucky stars and I’m having folks write a good wish for the year on the back of the paper, fold it, put it in a jar, then I’ll put them in a decorative jar and give it to Annmarie Gardens. If they are interested I’m also giving them brochures.
Yesterday the first artist of “my group” left. 😔 It was sad to lose her, we’ve all been having so much fun. But it was like breaking up the band or something. It was so sad to see her empty space next to mine by the end of the day. I believe her replacement comes in on Friday and I look forward to meeting her. I’m sure they all felt the same when the artist that was in my spot left and I came in, it’s a rolling event with us moving in and out over the course with five available spots.
With the weather we’ve had I’m surprised at the number of people we actually have coming through middle of the week. It’s been nice chatting with them, I’ve really enjoyed it. They seem to have at least one school group come through each day as well and they come by to see what we’re doing and ask questions. Carrie
This Saturday should be rather busy since they are holding their Valentine’s Maker’s Market and it will be an indoor event. Tables will be inside on both floors and I’m not sure about the other artists but I plan to be there. I’ll be there on Sunday too.
If you’re in the area stop by, there are some really talented ladies there right now and I’m sure there are more talented artists coming in as it progresses.
Today I go set up at Annmarie Gardens to participate in Artists in Action! Come and see me if you are in the Solomon’s Island, MD area!
When I dropped off my treadle sewing machine yesterday it looks like mostly acrylic/oil/water color artists are there at the moment and I have no idea what may move in as they move out while I’m there. I will be felting, spinning, doing origami, and obviously sewing since I dropped off my treadle sewing machine. Sometimes there is some cross over as well – depends on my mood and what idea my crazy art brain comes up with at the moment.
I can’t shake the “animal on display at the zoo” feeling but once I get working that should fade into the background I hope.
Consider yourself invited though to come and see!
”And as you begin to look forward to the new year approaching, and it is fast approaching(!), I hope you will go into that new year with inspiration, plans, and a brightness glowing in you that comes from a soul inspired to do more, explore more, give more, share more, and just “be” more. “
That was the end of my list on Nov 22, 2018. Last year wore on me a great deal, physically and mentally, but as I said above I am not going into the New Year with a soul inspired to do more I seem to be bursting into the year!
I have been creating and playing with new ideas and improving old ones too. Keeping a list or journal of ideas and inspiration because I don’t have enough hours in the day to do all I want to do and get done. It’s all just bubbling up from somewhere and “my cup runneth over”.
My problem is having to take time out of the creative drive to do the administrative, dull side. The pricing/tagging items for the shop, trying to get good photos so I can start posting items on Etsy… I know I need to do those things in order to sell what I make but it takes away from the fun, creative, “play” time. I know when I get done with the drudgery though I get to go back to my fun of creating. I just wish it was more creating and very little dull side. 😄
I am thankful though that getting into a new place and settled seems to have been the tonic my soul needed because I’m on a roll creatively…
I’ve been so busy since I last wrote – as I said the flood gates have opened. I need to take more photos than what I’m posting here. I started making needle felted pin cushions that will be for sale. They could also be used for your favorite essential oil instead of being a pin cushion and it can beautifully freshen the air in your room! These are just the start and there will be many more to come for sure.
I’ve also got a lot of jewelry in the works, both origami and some felted as well. I have tons of new stuff I’ve made that I do not have photos of yet and that is part of my goal for today – getting photos done and hopefully listing some things on Etsy…
And I’m still getting ready for Artists in Action! I’m trying to decide what goes on display there, what goes back to the shop, what goes on Etsy, so on and so forth.
And it seems all my “surprise Subaru goody boxes” have reached their destinations and all my fellow Subaru owners were thankful for them and loved the contents. Always fun to play “Secret Santa” like that. #SubaruAmbassador #SubaruLove
I don’t know what has opened the flood gates, but the ideas have just been tumbling in and I’ve taken to keeping a notebook close at hand to write them down because I know a dry spell will come when I need the ideas!
I’m working to get a few new items done to display/sell at Artists in Action as well as settle ideas for what I want to work on at the museum while people watch me. I’m slowly getting things organized as to what goes with me and what stays here and what I need to “prep” to work on there.
This also means my studio that was finally getting settled is now getting torn apart again! ☺ My wire cubbies are coming out of the closet to go with me to hold fiber for spinning and felting. One of my wooden rolling carts comes with me with all of my threads for sewing. (I’ll have to many little items I’m taking to sew to narrow the thread selection) I’m taking a couple pieces of grid wall to set up to hang some of my origami pieces for display and sale, but those aren’t out of my studio. The tables going along with the grid wall though will come from my studio. My nice chair, my big rolling magnifier light… Not to mention my treadle sewing machine and spinning wheel.
I’ve got baskets and bins galore to hold all sorts of items whether it’s zippers for dresses/messenger bags or paper for my origami or vials with felting needles, I need to try and keep it all organized. I may have to label things over there because I may waste time looking for things since they aren’t where I’m used to finding them. 😊
And once this great adventure is done I will have to try and put things back together again at home. I know myself and I will never remember where I had everything!!! 😄 So for now I tear apart, have fun creating, and worry about the other end later.
Annmarie Gardens Museum and Sculpture Gardens holds a program each year called Artists in Action where they host artists in the museum in “mobile studios” for various amounts of time so visitors can watch the artists and see their art and how they work. I have had the honor to be chosen as one of these artists this year.
From Jan 28-Feb7 I will set up a studio space in the museum and work on my art each day while visitors watch. (gulp) Kinda makes me feel like a zoo animal at the thought of it, but I’ll be “on display”, examples of my work will be on display and for sale, and I’m to answer questions.
This should be fun and yet at the same time it’s a bit daunting. Now to decide on exact projects to work on while there and get the supplies lined up and order any I need!
I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday – this was a great Christmas present for me!