I've been getting a newsletter together to better communicate teaching, talks, and other art happenings to people who have expressed interest in my artwork and classes. I plan to offer pieces up for "pre-sale" before they hit the Etsy shop and my website. Funny enough, I've been stuck on what to call my newsletter. I auditioned many titles and they all sounded cheesy and goofy. Then the other night I was stitching away on my little flower piece and thought "There must be a million stitches in these pieces..." ta-day! "A Million Stitches" is the newsletter title. If there are not that many in these peices, I know I must have made that many in my lifetime, so far. A newsletter is born!
Also, I've been working on developing kits and patterns for my website for, literally, years. Within the next year I am going to seriously focus on this -- preparing a "how to" set of instructions for the technique I use and patterns that can be purchased to get people going with the process. It might be a mini-book pdf, doc, or maybe even a video (gasp -- can I hire a hand model?) Every time I teach people how to do this method of fabric collage I am struck by their reaction -- it is so easy! Complex imagery is possible, but the technique can be used for so many different styles of work. I need three more "mes" to complete all that I want to do.
Listening to John Denver's music the other day in my classroom brought this feeling home as such an essential quality of a happy life. I love the passage in Poems, Prayers, and Promises: "For though my life's been good to me there's still so much to do. So many things my mind has never known." and in Amanda Palmer's song In My Mind: "And when they_ put me in the ground / I'll start pounding the lid / Saying I haven't finished yet / I still have a tattoo to get / That says I'm living in the moment." Busy moment after busy moment, we all plod on. Cheers!
What will you make today?