recap, 2017

I’ve been putting this off all week but I need to do it. It is really helpful for me to have my yearly reflections written down here so let’s look back.

Wow, I’m not going to lie, it has been a really tough year. Politics will be mentioned. The situation in our country and the world has been terrifying. I did some artwork in the first few months of the year to help me deal with my feelings of despair.

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I posted about the above and below here.

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Later, I spent a month working on this-

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Posted here.

I had a very busy trip to LA in April which I posted about here and here. The trip was awesome and I love LA. It was hard to really relax though and I felt that many people I was around were also feeling the weight of the world’s troubles. And then my Mom died.

Unfortunately, as the year went on, I just found myself wanting to retreat more and more. Nothing seemed to help- social media has been/is overwhelming with the constant outrage, my energy and creativity felt sapped when I engaged. During the first 6 months of the year I felt like I couldn’t find the joy in my work or even get to that wonderful focus where the world recedes and I’m in the work zone. Having some shows and deadlines helped. Also, audio books and podcasts. I’ve been continuing to post photos and work pics but somehow the words are gone. I don’t feel chatty about my work on my blog or on any of the other sites where I hang out. I have retreated not only online but also in real life. I know it is not good for me so I guess that is what I have to work on this year.

There were good things too, thank goodness. My garden was amazing this year. If you follow me on Instagram, there were lots of flower pics. the daylilies and the dahlias!

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In August I was feeling so uninspired that I knew I needed to mix things up a bit. I spent 2 weeks working on a quilt idea. I played with colors. shapes, designs. I didn’t finish anything but I’ll get back to it at some point. I felt totally recharged after that- It was like a brain vacation. Obviously, something I should do more often!

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That got me back into work mode for the fall and right up to Christmas. I had a great show at CraftBoston 2017 and I plan on a post about my booth, hopefully tomorrow.

Lastly, I was part of this beautiful book, Beards Rock. A real honor.

And now, 2018. I hope with all my heart that this year will bring a more stable and peaceful world although this first week does not make that seem likely. On my personal horizon, I have lots to look forward to.

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I will be going back to LA at the end of February to teach at French General again. This time we will be doing Swaddled Babies. There are still a few spaces available if you’d like to join in the fun. Check out all the info here. I am also planning to visit QuiltCon.

In April, I will be in Washington DC for the Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum.

Then, in August I will head west again, to San Francisco, for the ACC show at Fort Mason.

I think that having all these things to look forward to will keep my head in a good place. I’m already back in the studio getting a little work done, doing some cleaning and organizing, and thinking about all the projects ahead. Happy New Year everyone!

 

5 thoughts on “recap, 2017

  1. It has been a tough year. The political situation in our country is scary. It is hard to watch and/or be involved in. There is a lot of anxiety. The anxiety has caused so many of us to wonder how to find balance. We want to stay informed and involved and yet the anxiety causes us to want to withdraw. I find solace in my sewing/quilting. I do a lot of processing emotions during it. I enjoy your work. Take care and may 2018 be a positive experience for us and for our country.

  2. Thank you (& all the artists out there) who share their works with us! It is always an enjoyable break from the stresses of the day to find a new post from you! Thanks again for all that you do to make this world a more positive place!

  3. Swaddled babies are so very appropriate at this time. There’s so much wrong in the world. Maybe we can start to fix things by honoring babies and mothers. Your artwork is amazing – I’m honored to be able to view it this way.

  4. I appreciate reading about your year. I am so sorry about your mom! This was a very difficult year for many – just want you to know everyone loves your dolls at TRUE LILY!! Would love any more if you would ever like to send some our way. I hope you have a much better, wonderful year this year.

    Warm regards, Nancy

  5. Mimi, I didn’t know about your mother. I’m so sorry.
    Your recap is comforting, especially ending with your upcoming shows and the lovely babies.

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