Monday, January 25, 2016

In the studio

This incredible thing happened a few weeks ago. I moved into a studio. Another artist was in need of a studio mate and I jumped at the chance.
 These fibers were from my first batch of washing and dying in this amazingly equipped space. I feel like I have won the lottery, it is pretty much a dream setup. FOUR utility sinks, loads of heat sources for dying, a washer so I can spin water out.. man, it's great.

I also am starting to carve out time to get back to some work that I have had in my head for a while. I finished cabbing the Montana Moss Agate in the center above just before the Fall term was up. I know I am pairing it with this piece of fossilized coral I bought at a rock shop up in Beulah, MI several years ago and a tip of an Icelandic sheep horn.... just don't know how yet. You can watch progress on my rock and non-fiber jewelry adventures on Instagram under the name thecuriousatelier. I wanted to separate this body of work as I started getting back to my jewelry and rockhound roots but there will of course be overlap, hence the sheep horn.

Tonight I was in the studio later than ever but sometimes that is just the way life goes. I had wanted to get in on Sunday but unfortunately blew out a tire on my way back from visiting friends Saturday night. Being stuck on the side of a major highway till 2:30 in the morning waiting for road side service kinda puts a damper on productivity the next day. I did manage to get everything above and then some scoured and dyed. There will be loads of batts for Wine & Wool Festival this weekend at Sandhill Crane Vineyard! For more information check their facebook event here.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

I have updated my Press, Show Schedule, and Lecture/Teaching Schedule tabs above for the new year. I had already started this a few months back as I'd like to have a better landing page for all things Bricolage Studios. Ideally it will all be on my SHOP page because I would prefer to narrow my focus on just a few platforms (my Big Cartel and my Instagram account) instead of stretching myself thin using ones I don't enjoy as much.

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This brings about that whole reflection thing. It is the start of a new year and I feel like if I can just get things off on the right foot, it will be a fulfilling, bustling, exciting year full of growth and patience. Patience with myself, with change, and with my business, and whatever else life throws at me.

I want to bake more, sew more, knit more, and spin more (to knit!)

I want to take my kids to fun places instead of sitting at home because I dread getting everything loaded and unloaded and loaded again from the car. It really isn't that big of a deal... just an obstacle I make up in my head.

I want to feel good about me and enjoy the times when my whole family manages to be in the house at once. It is rare these days.

I want to not get in the way of myself. Anywhere. Period.

I have never taken much stock in resolutions, but I know what makes me happy and what prevents me from being that way and that I can make those changes. The start of the new year is as good of a time as any to make those changes. Cheers!