My niece just graduated with an advanced degree in Public Health. I'm so proud of her.
So I wanted to send her something meaningful to celebrate her accomplishment. I knew she could always use some cash (who couldn't?) but I decided to send her a piece of my art instead.
This is a difficult thing to do! What if she doesn't like it? (after all, art is so personal!) What if she doesn't want to hurt my feelings and is stuck with something she has to lug around until I'm gone and she can finally put it in the dumpster. What if she likes it and her friend/husband/partner hates it.
Regardless of all these miss-givings, I mailed this piece to her today. Now I hold my breath.
I always wonder whether taking my grandkids to a museum is a good idea (will they be totally bored?). But today, I discovered that they were as curious as I was about modern art. This is Giorgio, 8, crazy kid, full of energy, but loved all the sculptures -- especially the ones made from rock. Fun day at The Modern in Fort Worth.
My daughter-in-law is from Italy where they take decorating a Christmas tree very seriously! This year her theme was white. I loved that she hung a red ornament on her tree because she got a present from a friend. Reminded me again that flexibility is the key to being creative!
My step son likes to smoke cigars so I am always the happy recipient of his labels and boxes. This week, I collaged the labels he gave me onto a card stock and then scanned the image. I can now print it on paper, fabric, or transfer stock or even send it to Spoonflower to be printed on yards of fabric or wrapping paper.
Darn. I should have thought of this earlier so I could have used it for his Christmas present this year. I tend to think about Christmas about December 20th so it makes it had to personalize presents. I should write myself a note on my calendar in November.....
Yesterday, I volunteered all day to make quilts for disaster victims. Each of us respond different ways when disaster strikes and it is wonderful to see the support of quilters in sending gifts of comfort to victims of hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, tsunamis — you name it.
And one of the most generous people in our quilting world is Luana Rubin, owner of eQuilter here in Boulder, CO. Luana arranged for Blakeman Sewing and Vac to set up new Bernina sewing machines for the event and 20 sewers showed up to make quilts for the day. Luana also gave us a tour of her company and all I can tell you is I wanted to buy everything in her warehouse!!!
I haven't pieced a quilt top in more than 7 years so it felt good just to mindlessly sew (well, I had to have a vision of what the quilt would look like and paid some attention to value!). My friend, Mary McCauley brought some pre-cuts from her deceased Mother-In-Law and that is what I worked on all day. Nice to finish someone else's unfinished work!
Luana is an amazing person and I hope you can support her online store. She gives back to our community and is a very special person.
A new Whole Foods store opened in downtown Denver so we just had to check it out. So urban. So cool. So hip.
Best part was seeing the food "designers" incorporate a complementary color schemes to showcase the veggies. Got to love it!
Every year, I go through the same argument with myself. Should I make small pieces of art to sell during the holidays?
In the past, I have said no. It's not worth my time. I don't want to be a "manufacturer" of art. But this year, I decided to try something new and make art from some of my leftover pieces of Stupendous Stitching. And now that RiNo has created an art store at The Source in Denver, I how have a place to display and perhaps sell some of my small pieces. It will be interesting to see if any of them sell. They measure 8" x 8" and wit the mat, they will frame up at 12" x 12".
I haven't added them to my website yet since it's a lot of work to photograph each one and keep track of whats in inventory since I will also be taking some of these on the road when I teach to see if my students want to take home a little piece of me.
Today, I finished organizing my artistic work from the past 12 years and it feels great!
Ever since I started on this path in 2005, I've been keeping notebooks of my progress but wondered, since I have no children, who would even care? Would my art matter after I'm gone? Would anyone know I even existed? And then, I heard about Arthyve.
I attended their first meeting in August in Denver and heard that they were starting an organization to preserve living Colorado artists' work and of course, I signed up immediately.
Before I became a fiber artist, I worked in the school and library field so I knew how important preserving original, one-of-a-kind documents were to historians and researchers. While most of these historical documents were hand-written, today they mostly reside on a personal computer and are not available in print or on the internet. So I wrote a narrative "My Story" that will only be available in this archive. I wrote original unpublished documents talking about my art. Why I made it. What it means to me.
And, I also spent a lot of time organizing my papers so someone knew what I did when. I added some sketchbooks, copies of my books and exhibition catalogs, portfolios, videos, and actual artworks.
I included a notebook of my artist mentorship program and exhibits at the art gallery I owned for 4 years.
I wrote a paper on marketing (after all, that's my expertise) and included samples of everything I did to promote my art.
And, I created a database of all my art from 2005-2017 along with photos of each piece. (That took the longest!)
So, while I spent many hours putting this together to give to this project, I feel a sense of closure and accomplishment. Now, if I need to remember what I've done, all I have to do its visiting the archive and not have to rummage around my studio and computer to find that particular photo or article.
If you are an artist living in Colorado, I encourage you to do what I have just done. Join this organization and become part of Colorado Artist's history. It is important!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!