(apologies in advance for this longish post)
It's May 31 which means it's last day that I will fulfill orders from my online shop until the fall, when I will offer a newly curated collection of my own artwork and perhaps some other goodies...
I offer my heart-felt gratitude to each of you for your purchases and support this last 12 months. The adage is true: Be careful what you ask for, you might get it. Hank and Spool was quite successful and I can be proud for all the connections with people across the globe who shopped in my little slice of pie. I do enjoy connecting with you and seeing your images and hearing about your successes in art making. The shop allowed me to reach out more fully to other artists and for that I am pleased.
However, what I didn't have or know how to manage, was having time for me. The shop grew so darn fast and I either had to push forward and grow, invest more money (meaning taking a loan), hire a few people and think about renting space, or stop and listen to my heart.
Despite writing goals, missions, directives, and segmenting time for the shop v. my own art making and despite having a terrific set of consultants who thought that I was nuts for taking a break. Sometimes doing what your gut is telling you to do is better than to continue with present success.
Let me say that again
Do what your gut says you should. Period.
On April 14, I started spinning. Not the type of spinning you might think. (yes I own 2 spinning wheels)
Rather, indoor cycling.
My new sense of self includes these tools: Shoes with special clips that attach to bike pedals, Harnesscycle in Cleveland, and one of the bikes I ride.
My Intention for the summer is this:
Work out my body, mind and spirit
The week after I set my intention to take a sabbatical, I learned that my large installation piece was selected for the World of Threads Festival in Oakville, Ontario, Canada for November 1-31, 2014. Woot!
Gut = 1
shop = 0
A drawing from April and stitches from this past week.
File under proud Aunt
I am proud of my sister's son, Evan Graham
Not having children of my own...please excuse the gushing nature of the next part of my post...
In 1991 when my sister & I used to hang out at my parents' house with her 2 young boys. I tried to capture different images of the boys with quick studies.
This is a study of Evan as a peanut of a baby and of his brother, Schyler
Now, 22 years later, Evan has earned his BFA in Sculpture from the Cleveland Institute of Art. (I took this photo while he was presenting his B.F.A. Defense to his professors).
Way to go Ev. Now you need your own website to promote yourself.