Happy Solstice!

I thought since today marks the turning point in the year when we start having longer days and shorter nights that I would look at what I’ve accomplished for the year. I set goals at the end of last year and I plan to set some for 2011. Hopefully, I’ll do a little better at following through in the coming year. It’s not that I didn’t get anything done this year in the world of fiber art but due to a back injury, I have been a bit limited on sitting at the sewing machine and leaning over during felting. As this has still been an ongoing problem, I have had to learn to adapt.

My main goal for last year was to:
Develop my voice as an artist and begin to produce a consistent body of work in my own style.
I can’t say that I’ve really accomplished this.
I had established steps to accomplish my main goal which were:

  • spend more time in the studio making art
  • complete more sampling
  • practice art/design in my studio journal
  • develop more 3D artwork in combination with machine embroidery
  • Begin Level II Machine Embroidery course
  • no guilt about time spent in studio

I started off in January and February and really felt that I was doing well and focusing more on my fiber art. Then the back injury in mid March just through me for a loop and I haven’t gotten back on track again. But I did have some accomplishments in 2010 and although I didn’t manage to complete all of the steps above, I did the following:

  • Created 12 pages for the Traveling Pages Swap
  • Worked in my studio journal several times a month and started Design Focus Fridays
  • Started a local fiber art group that meets monthly
  • Made a variety of stamps and stencils with my own designs
  • Completed a mini-course on Photoshop Elements
  • Made several more tutorials for the blog
  • Made work to sell including cat toys, sweater flower pins, dyed scarves, nuno felted scarves and barrettes
  • Experimented with solar dyeing
  • Finished a very, very slow WIP (hopefully  more on that soon)
  • Tried machine embroidery Carol Shinn style
  • Took a needle felting doll class from Kay Petal and completed a doll
  • Made several small felted, hand stitched pieces
  • Made a cobweb scarf
  • Made several 3D felt vases
  • Taught myself to spin with a hand spindle
  • Made felted slippers

That’s not too bad a list, do you think? Did you set any goals for 2010? Did you follow through with them? I’d love to hear how you did. I am working on a new set of goals for 2011 and steps to accomplish them. I’ll post them soon. In the meantime, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and not driving yourself crazy making last minute gifts!

2 thoughts on “Happy Solstice!

  1. Ruth, your goal for 2010 is so grand, you have verbalize so well what many of us feel! I wish you get even closer to it in the coming year – as well as being healthy and happy doing what you do. Monika x

  2. Looks to me like you're moving in the right direction. So much of making changes has to do with the mental adjustment. Sometimes that takes more time then developing new habits.I'll be cheering you on in 2011!

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