Day to day, where to begin? It's been a busy one over here. Lots of teaching including my first workshop hosted in our cozy studio. I've been wanting to do this for a while and finally it happened. One afternoon, weaving, tea, snacks...it was so much fun. I really like this short format. My other classes are taught over multiple weeks (they are more thorough of course).
I have another Weaving Afternoon scheduled for Sunday March 24th. Please see my 'weaving workshop dates' page to sign up.
Also I just sent out my first newsletter! I always thought it had to be a big deal so I kind of just kept procrastinating it but I just did it and it was so much fun to write. The subject was "The number 1 question I get asked about Weaving'. If you've missed it, please sign up for future newsletters, I have a bunch of really fun topics planned related to weaving and my own art practice.
Back to work for me. I'm in the middle of preparing some skeins of yarn for natural dyes. I'm working on some new products (yes! functional work coming soon but also my wall hangings aren't going anywhere, I'll still be making those too!).
In the studio before a bit of vacation. Most of the weavings above sold during my super instagram sale. I have these once in a while to clear out older work and make room for new stuff (in the studio and also in my head). I won't be making many one off weavings like this anymore unless I'm commissioned to. I used to keep a stock of weavings for various things but also for sale and I just found that they stayed around forever and never really sold. I've come to the conclusion that most people who buy my work tend to want something specifically designed for them so aside from an idea that really wants to get made, I'm going to honour the commissions.
In other news, this year I will be working on a home and body line. Mostly it's stuff that I want to make for myself but I will produce a line that will be available to the public and also maybe wholesale for stores. I've wanted to do this for a while. To weave special things for the home...little rugs, blankets, pillows, etc... But also things like special face cloths because I have one that I wove and I LOVE IT! So I think others will like it too. I will continue to take commissions on wall art as well and like I said, I will produce the occasional piece as an idea comes.
And now you're up to date. Just a little reminder to sign up for my mailing list. I'm currently having a draw to win one free weaving instruction hour with me in my studio. That will only be available to my mail listers. I'm actually going to draw for that later today.
See you after my vacation.
Thank you for following along here in this space. I will continue the day to day series here. I really enjoy posting these...the intention with this visual blog was to document some of my day to day in the studio because it's one of the things I'm most curious about when I encounter other makers. I'm not sure that I've managed to show this so far but I will keep trying.
Lots going on in the studio with regards to teaching. My dates for 2019 are firming up so please check that out.
I recently came across something that outlined how people can support artists. Buying their work is one way but things like taking a class or commissioning a piece are a couple of others. With that being said, I also know that not everyone can afford to do those things but there are a few ways you can support artists that don't cost a thing. For example, like amd share their instagram posts, visit and comment on blogs, tell friends and family about their work and classes...you get the picture.
I'm very grateful for the support that I receive everyday from friends, clients, family, past students, followers of my instagram and blog. Big fat thank you!
December already. Can you believe it? I'm working away on a few things...still working on the weaving classes redesign. I'm excited about the changes and also about offering a few weaving afternoons in my studio.
I'm continue to explore this technique pictured above. I'm calling them woven meditations. The intention of these new pieces is to create without attachments and let the materials and techniques take over. So basically to work intuitively which is basically how I've always worked but now I'm putting it into words.
As part of my mediation process in the studio (because I've come to realize that it's all about calming my chatty mind), I often take yarn/thread/materials and place them in bundles and tie a knot. I'm working on translating that into wall art.
I'm in the middle of redesigning both of my weaving classes (101 and 102). And I'm also thinking of adding an almost monthly weaving night or weekend afternoon at my studio. I would like people who take my classes to continue their weaving practice and I thought that opening up my studio once a month may be a way of doing that. The looms would be prepared and the student would just come and weave. I would review any technique that they don't quite remember This one off class would also be open to those who have no weaving experience as well.
I realized this week I didn't take a whole lot of pictures for myself. I took a lot of pictures for a client so I'm reserving the best for them. It's been a good week, productive and full of awesome podcasts. I'm thankful everyday that I get to spend my time in the studio working.
There is still beautiful light streaming into the studio.
I just want to say a quick thank you for visiting my visual blog. I am really enjoying this format of sharing pictures.
I had a bit of a break through in the studio this week...like a download of information, about my work and what it means. I'm excited to explore it further. It wasn't without struggle though, I wove a weaving that I completely detested but with that weaving it reiterated what my focus is and brought me back into alignment.