I’m tackling this post in the last possible moments of the deadline, as it’s been difficult to look forward lately. Sometimes things happen in life which take the wind out of you. A harsh reminder: “what’s really important, anyway?” This has been the case since late March and has tarnished my bright shiny views while putting a damper on my obsessive forward momentum. An absolutely irreplaceable person in my life has been diagnosed with cancer… again. Another cherished friend has also begun her battle. Anyone who has had someone close to them go through this despicable illness will instantly understand. Anyone who has not— consider yourself fortunate and I hope that the blessing will continue for you and yours.
This week’s assignment was to write about our hopes and dreams beyond REPEAT(ed.) In my March 25 blog post I talked a lot about about my goals. Today I’ll add that I’ve been thankful to receive the valuable written suggestions and comments from the judges and mentors. Ellen had very nice things to say about my unique style while also pointing out that sometimes it may seem more appropriate for paper than fabric. I agree. And I’ve done enough research to know that multiple streams of income are essential in supporting myself, so plans to license my designs beyond fabric are definitely underway.
Jill Bliss and Geninne are both artists I admire with very recognizable styles who successfully license their art to be sold on a wide variety of products, some of my favorites being their beautiful art prints and stationery lines for Chronicle Books and Galison, respectively.
Framed prints came to mind when I created this design last week to enter in an exhibition at one of my favorite local downtown stores called Heebe Jeebe. The theme was “The Farm Show.” You can download a free May desktop calendar of this expanded design on my blog.
I will end this post with a photo of a precious baby quilt my mom made. She was only 20 years old and already such a talented artist.
Take care, spread love.